XSEED Games to Publish Retro-inspired 3D Platformer, The Big Catch, for Windows PC; Tackle the Free Demo now Available on Steam!

New Trailer Shows Acrobatic Angler’s Focus on Movement and Exploration; Publisher Reels in a 2025 Release Window

TORRANCE, Calif., — June 7, 2024 — XSEED Games, the independent-minded publishing brand of Marvelous USA, Inc., announced during today’s IGN Live Preshow, that they will publish The Big Catch, a movement-focused 3D platformer inspired by titles from the 5th and 6th generation of consoles, globally on Windows PC via Steam. Kickstarted by developers Filet Group in 2022 and under ongoing development, The Big Catch is eyeing a 2025 release. PC gamers won’t need a fisher’s patience before getting their hands on the game; in addition to being available for wishlisting, the first publicly playable demo is now available to download on Steam as part of the IGN Summer of Gaming!

Attendees at IGN Live will also be able to check The Big Catch out in person at the event, running June 7-9, 2024, at Magic Box @ The Reef in Los Angeles, California.

We fell for Filet Group’s incredible work on The Big Catch hook, line, and sinker, and are buoyed by their passion and extensive knowledge of the 3D platformer genre,” said Kenji Hosoi, Executive Vice President at XSEED Games. “It’s the perfect merging of retro and modern platforming design that already feels great to wall-run, swim, grind, explore, and, of course, fish in.”

It didn’t take more than one meeting with XSEED Games to know that we were speaking with folks that really understood where Harrison and I are coming from philosophically with The Big Catch,” said Quade Zaban President & CEO at Filet Group. “There’s a deep sense of respect and ambition from the small teams behind our favorite 5th/6th gen games, and we find it infectious. Hopefully we’re capturing some of that spirit with our work, and by partnering with XSEED Games, we can’t wait to share it with everyone.”

The Big Catch tells the story of the acrobatic fisherman Caster as he ventures across the world hunting for long-lost secrets and the untold history that’s lying just beneath the surface of his mysterious homeland. Caster works for the esteemed and enigmatic Chef Leurre. Alongside his kinsman and rival, Tackle, they search the vast, barren deserts for ingredients for Leurre and the titular restaurant, The Big Catch. Although a seemingly mundane task, Caster and Tackle’s journey sees them crossing paths with bands of thieves, mysterious beings from another world, corrupt politicians, regretful heretics, forest sprites, and ancient monsters—all in pursuit of the one thing of any true value left in such a wasteland: FISH.

Inspired by the bold creativity of 3D platformers of the 5th and 6th console generations, The Big Catch presents an ambitious story and world to explore with fluid, skill-based action. Use fast, acrobatic platforming to flip, swim, fight, and spin across an arcane desert world. Master the tools of your trade, using your rod to fend off foes and reach new heights. Soon you’ll discover that there’s much more than fish at stake.

The Big Catch Key Features:

  • Tackle Thrilling 3D Platforming: Navigate the desert’s many regions, full of obstacles and puzzles, with an array of moves like running, climbing, grinding, and swimming to hunt fish and uncover hidden treasures of a bygone era.
  • Reel in the Mystery: A long-buried history of this world lies hidden beneath its barren plains. Explore an open world filled with unique characters and uncover truths most will never know.
  • Angle for Adventure: Fishing is more than a trade—it’s how Caster finds new paths and fights off trouble. Use your rod to catch, toss, swing, and pull if you hope to reel in the big one and take down enemies in your way.
  • A Nostalgic Hook: Inspired by action platformers at the turn of the millennium, The Big Catch invokes the ideas and style of the era and builds on that foundation with memorable gameplay, characters, music, and more.

Developed by Filet Group and to be published by XSEED Games globally on Windows PC via Steam, The Big Catch is scheduled for release in 2025. Stay up to date with the latest from the Filet Group on X. This title has not been rated by the ESRB.