Monster of the Deep: Final Fantasy XV is out now for PSVR owners. The fishing game allows players to put themselves inside a handful of Final Fantasy FX‘s locales and fish for all kinds of aquatic life, from real existing fish to creatures only the designers of Final Fantasy could imagine. It’s a fun, light-hearted diversion to last year’s long-anticipated RPG, and considering the game’s strongest aspect was the camaraderie you feel road tripping with your friends, immersing yourself in a recreational activity with Noctis and the gang is a novel idea.
In case you missed it, Square Enix pulled a surprising act of levity with the marketing for Monster of the Deep, allowing a tongue-in-cheek, infomercial-style trailer to be produced for its launch:
“Join Noctis, Ignis, Prompto, Gladio, and other familiar faces in a picturesque virtual reality backdrop en route to a thrilling encounter with the menace that lurks in the depths.
Dive into the story mode for an exhilarating, action-packed showdown with the notorious Monster of the Deep, or take in the sights, sounds, and scenery of FINAL FANTASY XV as you kick back and cast off in the free fishing mode. Bounties and tournaments offer fresh new challenges as you customize your rods, reels, and lures to catch the big one!”
It took us by surprise, considering the operatic drama and bombast usually undertaken for anything Final Fantasy-related. We half expected Square Enix to play up Monster of the Deep as a very serious and important addition to Noctis’s adventure. It’s nice to see that’s not the case here.
Final Fantasy XV is a polarizing title, but it’s received a ton of support from Square Enix since launch, with multiple patches to improve the game, a series of DLC expansions, a brand new multiplayer mode, and now the Monster of the Deep VR experience. Noctis has even been announced as a bonus character coming to Tekken 7 – so, in a nutshell, Monster of the Deep is just the tip of the iceberg. There’s a lot of Final Fantasy XV to go around.
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