Fishkeeper – New trailer for the aquarium sim game released

Fishkeeper blends economic strategy and 3D aquarium simulation in what the devs describe as “Sims in an aquarium” or “Underwater Tamagotchi”.

In Fishkeeper, you play the role of a hobbyist looking after an aquarium: you buy our own tank and equipment and in real time, you take care of the fish, satisfying their various needs depending on the species.

As in other life simulators, you will have to ensure that the fish you care for are fed, safe, healthy, and even that they do not lack good company. There are also more complicated parameters to deal with, such as water pH, salinity level, temperature, and tank contamination.

The future game offers a whole range of freshwater and saltwater aquarium fish, shrimps, snails, plants, and corals, allowing you to fully recreate the ecosystem of an artificial reservoir. Each animal and plant species will vary not only in appearance but also in terms of the conditions of the aquarium: eating, space, and the specificity of reproduction.

Just as in real life, all organisms will interact with each other in a specific way and will influence their environment. The game features recreated simulations of mechanisms that naturally occur in nature among the different species of organisms. The player’s task will be to maintain a natural balance in the tank, fostering the development of the ecosystem and preventing environmental disasters.

Fishkeeper screenshot

By caring for fish and other animals, you will gradually develop the biosystem — the organisms grow and reproduce, passing the stages of life from egg to fry to a fully developed adult. In time, you will be able to start selling fish to free up space in the aquarium and at the same time, raise funds for further development. The rarest and most beautiful specimens can be sold at auctions, bringing in the biggest earnings.

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You will also be able to admire your created aquarium by cruising in a specially designed bathyscaphe — which can be described as a water drone. You can customize your bathyscaphe by changing its appearance, color, battery capacity, and speed, as well as by replacing parts and adding modules. This device will also allow you to record films, take photos, clean the aquarium, and perform other tasks to help in keeping the biosystem working.

Fishkeeper screenshot

Main features of the game:

  • Combining economic strategy with a simulator: meet the needs of fish and observe their lives in real-time, while ensuring good breeding results;
  • A wide variety of freshwater, marine, coral, shrimp, snails, and other aquatic species are available;
  • Customize the aquarium equipment, shape, size, and appearance of tanks;
  • Buy various animal and plant species, sell bred fish in the store and, exceptionally, fine and rare specimens at an auction;
  • Watch the views from the bathyscaphe cabin as you control it inside the aquarium; you can also use it to clean the tank from the inside;
  • Decorate your aquarium with lots of decorations, corals, posters, etc.

Fishkeeper will premiere on PC in the last quarter of 2021. Later console ports are also planned. In the meantime, you can add a game to the Steam Wishlist, which the creators kindly request.

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This Article was written by: Harry Cole

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