If I’m being honest, Dredge only came onto my radar recently as it has been mentioned numerous time in the Cozy Gaming subreddit. It is a single-player fishing adventure with a sinister undercut so you wouldn’t expect it to be described as cozy, but for some it definitely has that feel. The game first launched for PC and consoles back in March. Since then, it has had three free updates. Today, the first paid expansion for Dredge was announced; titled The Pale Reach, it will be launching on all platforms this November.
In the base game, players captain a fishing trawler and explore a collection of remote isles and their surround depths. You can sell your catch to the locals and complete quests to learn more about each area. Completing quests gives you access to strange new abilities. Upgrade your boat with better equipment to trawl deep-sea trenches and visit far-off lands.
The game includes over 125 deep sea denizens. Each island has its own inhabitants, wildlife, and lore. But beware, danger is everywhere: there are sharp rocks and shallow reefs, sure, but the biggest threat lurks within the fog that rolls over the sea at night. Keep a close eye on the time… you may not like what finds you in the dark.
The Pale Reach will introduce players to a new biome. Additional equipment will be required to tackle its treacherous, icy expanse. Trawl freezing depths and traverse crystalline canyons, following in the footsteps of a doomed expedition lost to time. Hunt for 11 new fish and crab species, and their aberrated counterparts.
Developed by Black Salt Games and published by Team17, Dredge is available now for PC via Steam/GOG, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series, and Xbox One. The Pale Reach expansion will be released on November 16.