The Discovery Channel’s highest-rated series, Deadliest Catch, officially set sail as an Xbox 360 videogame today, as “Deadliest Catch Alaskan Storm” has shipped for Xbox 360. A PC version of the game will release soon.
Sig, Edgar and Norman Hansen — three brothers who have made their living crab fishing on the Bering Sea aboard their family’s fishing vessel, the Northwestern — invited key development team members to Dutch Harbor, Alaska, to personally experience life on the Northwestern. This experience helped the dev team boost the game’s realism and make sure to include four real Bering Sea harbors and 34,000 miles of real Alaskan coastline.
And, since the dev team knew we were all going to fail and die at sea, Deadliest Catch Alaskan Storm is the first game to feature United States Coast Guard vessels and helicopters. You know, to find our digital bodies….
Deadliest Catch Alaskan Storm lets gamers captain their own boat in the frenzied search for King and Opilio crab. Gamers select one of five real crab boats, including the Northwestern, Cornelia Marie and Sea Star, or create and customize their own boat. Gamers then recruit and manage their own crew from a roster of 20 real crab fishermen.
In addition to this Career Mode, Deadliest Catch Alaskan Storm on Xbox 360 includes mini-games such as crab boat races, skiff races and throw-the-hook; and online multiplayer for up to eight people via Xbox Live (to see who can catch the most crab).