Grand Mer: A Reel Good Time (Dies)

He definitely thinks of her as lure.

The year is 2018. The world has been flooded due to man’s irreparable damage. In this bleak future of Grand Mer only one activity can save mankind…


Cue music.

I cannot get over how delighted I am to have discovered the press release for forthcoming free-to-play online game, Grand Mer.

“Fishing is now the single most important activity as the human race fights starvation in an effort to survive.”

It also boasts, “An open world of seas,” which is perhaps the best level design shortcut I’ve ever heard of. But there will be weather that will affect fishie behaviour, and time of day that again changes what’s available to fish.

Even better I love this opening line on the game’s site:

“GRAND MER is the world’s first online Saltwater Fishing game.”

The game describes itself as offering:

– Select from several unique characters, customize them and further develop their fishing skills
– Travel the world by selecting from several exciting maps, ranging from icy cold waters to tropical paradises
– Fish at your leisure, compete individually or in a team (customizing the rules for that match), play a Tour and complete mission objectives or enter a Championship and test your skills against the very best!
– Experience dynamic fishing with shoals of fish reacting to weather, location, time and more
– Customize your gear such as fishing rods, lures and your own custom made boat!
– Keep track of your favorite fish in your own aquarium and earn special rewards for catching specific fish (will you catch the elusive and dangerous great white shark?)
– Shrieking girls in bikinis waggling their arms

I may have added one.

I was thinking to myself while writing this, “Would it be great if my Dreamcast fishing peripheral [unused, bought as a present for my sister that never quite worked out] could be adapted?” Turns out while that’s obviously not going to happen, Grand Mer fishing rod controllers with motion sensors and vibration feedback are planned! Or you can, they say, even control the game with a Grand Mer iPhone app, which sounds flipping ace.

The closed beta is yet to start, but seems like it should be announced soon. It’s from the same publishers who are reinventing Mythos, and as much as I want to laugh, I’m really intrigued to play this.

Now, come on, we have to get this terrifying trailer beyond its current 13 views:


  1. Thants says:

    “Would it be great if my Dreamcast fishing peripheral [unused, bought as a present for my sister that never quite worked out] could be adapted?”

    Judging by the graphics this may actually be a Dreamcast game.

  2. skurmedel says:

    The last scene reminds me of highway gang in Mad Max 2.

  3. Zogtee says:

    I predict hardcore fishing guilds, fishing raids, and fishing dungeons.

  4. faelnor says:

    I want my reel private and psychedelic.

  5. frags says:

    Game of the year!

  6. Meatloaf says:

    The game’s about the end of the world. And fishing. And it’s portrayed as a party where everyone fishes all the time and is apparently on ecstasy. Perfect.

    However, I want to see a game that takes the fishpocalypse very seriously.

  7. OJ287 says:

    Just when you thought it was safe to get back in the water…
    link to

  8. Vague-rant says:

    To be fair, I really do suspect that if there were to be some sort of apocalypse skills like agriculture and farming would probably be more useful than the ability to kill monsters/aliens/mutants. I put it to you RPS readers that this game is so realistic, that our mortal minds cannot comprehend it.

  9. po says:

    Looking at that screenshot and reading the first sentence, I was more expecting the said activity to be motorboating.

  10. sassy says:

    I seem to be the only one who thinks this could be interesting. I have played some fun fishing games (and I hate fishing) so an mmo version could be just my thing.

    Then again I don’t like any mmo, with the exception of another sports (I hate sports too) one called “fantasy tennis”. Still it would be better as an normal single player sports rpg like the gameboy Mario Tennis games, I loved Mario Tennis.

  11. Leafcutter says:

    How does PVP work?

  12. Muhu says:

    They sure look like they are fighting… I’m sorry, fishing for survival.

    I can imagine the punchline, they are going to get:
    In the grim darkness of the far future, there is only fishing.
    I guess i played too much dow recently.

  13. speedwaystar says:

    the best bit is the nuclear explosion at the end which annihilates the entire freakish fishing flotilla in a burst of ionising radiation.

  14. The_B says:


    Come on, I expect waves of em, for the love of cod.

    • Vague-rant says:

      Plaice puns here

    • stahlwerk says:

      Dam, I already blew my all my roe on perch one, so I’m really at the end of the line, here. You can tank me later.

    • terry says:

      It’s not like RPS to flounder at these, I agree. It’s usually like a shining lamprey in the darkness.

    • Vague-rant says:

      Bait a minute I’ve got another one.

      …No, no I don’t.

    • DrazharLn says:

      Were you looking for anything pacific?

  15. Zogtee says:

    In the grim future, there is only fish.

  16. laddyman says:


  17. DigitalSignalX says:

    After the bitter disappointment of Hello Kitty Online’s masturbatory potential, this should do quite nicely.

  18. WJonathan says:

    somethingsomething POLE somethingsomething CRANK somethingsomething WIDEMOUTH

  19. Angryinternetman says:

    Where do they get the gas to run those boats? So unrealistic.

  20. godgoo says:

    whale rabies…who knew?

  21. Sunjammer says:

    This is so awesome looking. I’ll definitely give it a spin, if anything just to see what the hell it really is

  22. Navagon says:

    Okay, just what the fuck is going on with the anatomy in that header image?

  23. LimeWarrior says:

    Holy crap. They took the most boring thing from WoW and made an entire game about JUST THAT. (Yes, I played mage and leveled fishing to 300 for the turtle poly. No, it was not worth it.)

  24. heretic says:

    i only click cos of the laydee

  25. Reddin says:

    This actually looks like it could be interesting, but I know it won’t be.
    Also, the music in the trailer made me smile, but I’m a sucker for that type of thing

  26. Christian Dannie Storgaard says:

    After reading the YouTube video’s title wrong I’m both relieved and slightly saddened that it’s not “Grand Mer: Extreme Fisting”, as I’m sure Mr. Gillen is as well.

  27. mmrik says:

    How does Kevin Costner fit into all this?