Call of the Wild: The Angler has a new reserve (map) releasing Dec 15th and it's FREE until Jan 5th.
Trollsporet: A Gorgeous New Setting
The Norway Reserve, or Trollsporet as the locals call it, is 37 square miles (96 square kilometers) and features three distinct biomes: Nøkkensjøen, Huldraskogen, and Fossegrimfjorden. Full of opportunities for exploration, You’ll find idyllic villages, hidden paths to secret fishing spots, and astonishing views from the tops of its towering mountains. As a perk of the region, you’ll also get to enjoy the midnight sun and the Northern Lights as you explore the wilderness.
Most importantly the new Reserve will feature 14 fish (13 new species and Northern Pike from the original map). This is not the hundreds of species that can be found in other fishing games such as Russian Fishing 4, but its a step forward. With that said some early comments based on the teaser trailer cast worry that the "new" species are just slightly modified versions of existing (for example: European Perch indistinguishable from Yellow Perch that exist on the current map). I am hopeful there is some behavior and other changes that will separate the new species out.
Also with the new map comes a bunch of open world quests and places to explore. I am still not convinced this is a selling point for the game. Before launch I thought it would be but having played a good bit of the first reserve, Golden Ridge, the open world aspects sort of fall flat. They have zero hook into fishing and are very basic "find this thing". I'd prefer the development effort going into the open world go into some form of progression system for fishing (perk, skill, don't care - something more than what is there today).
I will give the new map a try on the 15th as it's been a bit since I went digital fishing. Hope you enjoyed my cleverly hidden puns in the post. Leave a comment if you found them.