The most realistic online hunting game ever produced. Experience the thrill of the hunt in huge realistic environments using everything from crossbows to state of the art bolt action rifles.
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Mixed (397 reviews) - 49% of the 397 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Release Date: Jun 3, 2014

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October 19

Status Update 19th October 2016

Howdy hunters,

The wait is over, the 11th of the Evergreen Hunting Reserves, Timbergold Trails, inspired by the stunning Rocky Mountains, is here and should be downloading onto your PC as we speak.

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A couple of quick points before you delve into this glorious fall environment.

  • There are five species currently residing in Timbergold Trails – Mule Deer, Grizzly Bear, White-tailed Ptarmigan, Bighorn Sheep and Rocky Mountain Elk. All five species will be on free species rotation until next Thursday, October 27th.
  • There are a currently some known issues with the reserve (you can find the detailed list in “In Progress” part of the Game Update). We will continue working on those as well as polishing and tweaking the reserve, we are planning to release a patch as soon as possible. So, if you encounter any rough edges, please don’t sweat it, just report them in the forum and we will jump on them!
  • We are running a promotion campaign until Monday, October 24th, during which time you will get Deployable Hunting Towers when buying 2000, 3000 and 5000 em$ – 1, 2 and 3 towers respectively. Hopefully they will come in handy in the vast wilderness of Timbergold Trails!
  • In the bundle section of the store you can find a special Timbergold Trails Release bundle with weapons, clothes and equipment, at 70% off!
Happy hunting in Timbergold Trails!

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October 19

Game Update 19th October 2016


  • New reserve – Timbergold Trails
  • New species – Grizzly Bear, Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Elk, White-tailed Ptarmigan
Bug fixes
  • Fix for a not-so-frequent crash of player animation
  • Fix for the crash related to Ptarmigan in multiplayer
  • Minor performance improvement on all the reserves
  • Fix for the bug in the third tutorial with missing audio clue
  • Fix for the group ID tracking issue
  • Fix for the multiplayer bug with animal not being dead for all the players
  • Fix for the wrong animal hits reaction animation
In progress:
  • Possible pink texture error and crashes near the reserve borders
  • Bighorn sheep can have odd animations on some steep mountains
  • Some tree can have too big collisions
  • Missing collision on some lodge’s tables
  • Animal can have issue when fleeing into dense vegetation
  • Localization update

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“The Hunter offers the most compelling hunting experience ever offered by a PC game.”
MMO Reviews

“This game looks incredible, the graphics are simply astonishing”
90% – Retro Game Shelf

“The complete experience of tracking and hunting an animal is highly-rewarding and simply not found in other games.”
88% – Gaming Nexus

About This Game

The most realistic online hunting game ever produced. Experience the thrill of the hunt in huge realistic environments using everything from crossbows to state of the art bolt action rifles. Realistic animal behavior and persistent online features provides a living world where you can roam casually or compete with other players for glory and fame.

Go hunting with your friends in multiplayer with up to 8 players - or explore the nine diverse and immersive hunting reserves in the ever evolving world of theHunter by yourself.

Key Features

  • Hunt 30 different species including Black Bear, Brown Bear, Polar Bear, Moose, Whitetail Deer, Turkey, Pheasant, Coyote, Red Fox, Roosevelt Elk, Wild Boar, Red Deer, Roe Deer, Mule Deer, Blacktail Deer, Feral Hog, Mallard, Canada Goose, Cottontail Rabbit, Reindeer, Alpine Ibex, European Rabbit, Red Kangaroo, Bison, Snowshoe Hare, Arctic Fox, Sitka Deer, Gadwall, American Black Duck & Northern Pintail.
  • Explore 10 different huge environments with state-of-the-art graphics, complete with day cycle and weather effects - from the Alps to the Australian Outback. from the sub-arctic Alaska to the swamps of Louisiana.
  • Co-op multiplayer with up to 8 friends
  • Extensive online features. Increase your skills, see statistics and trophy shots. Participate in competitions and leaderboards or take on challenging missions and achievements.
  • theHunter is continuously updated with new species, environments, equipment and features.

Progression & Acquiring Items In The Game

Five huntable species (Whitetail Deer, European Rabbit and Pheasant, plus two more animals rotating weekly), two weapons (.243 Bolt-Action Rifle & 12 GA Single Shot shotgun) and a bunch of additional equipment are available for free when first entering the game. Additional items such as weapons, species licenses and ammo can be acquired with gm$, the in-game currency that can be earned through play, or em$, the in-game currency that can be earned through winning competitions or purchase for real money.

There are several different types of skills in the game that increase when players use items & hunt various species. As these skills increase, more abilities get unlocked, such as the ability to tell weight & gender from animal tracks and steadier aim for weapons.

Achievements can be earned through diverse in-game activities. Each achievement adds to your HunterScore, which can be used as a progression comparison vs. other players. Additionally, increasing the HunterScore unlocks upgrade items such as pouches & holsters.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows ® 10/8/7
    • Processor: Intel 2 GHz or AMD Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia GeForce 8800, ATI/AMD Radeon HD 2400 (NVidia GeForce 8800, ATI/AMD Radeon HD 2400)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
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37 of 44 people (84%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
446.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
There are so many negative comments on this game because 'expensive worlds' want you to pay a lot of REAL money for weapons and equipment to play smoothly and comfortably. This is most annoing problem with 'expensive worlds' game. It is far too expensive compared to even better stand alone titles. You quickly find yourself spending over hundred dollars per year, while you can buy good new title for 30$ !!! check prices of equipment for only OnE GOOSE !!! - you can buy separate game for that money!! paying for ammunition for weapon you bought without membership??? are you kiddin??? they are just greedy thats why there is so many negative comments. like mine;) I'm not so stupid to pay them anymore, They won't see any of my money till they won't change their policy and prices. I prefer to invest in Far Cry Primal for example. Much better investment of Your time ad money. TheHunter community? mostly bunch of paid funboys, sorry to say that. Good bye Hunter
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21 of 34 people (62%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
541.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
Awsome game. They are working on the free to play features with the new free rotation so you get 5 species over one like the old version and it rotates so you can hunt new stuff every week. Tons of rifles, bows, handguns, sents, lures, ect. So you always have something to play with. There is like a 5$ average on new weapons but I think thats fair just wait for sales and get bundles. They got to make money on a free game somehow. There is aton of reserves and the upcomeing Rockies reserve comeing out which I can't wait for. Also you can have 8 people on a reserve at a time which is awsome to host little compititions and stuff. The grahics are not bad when you crank them up all the way. Try it out see for yourself.
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17 of 27 people (63%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
63.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
ONe of the best huntin games out there, i have plenty of hours of just me and a friend or two goin around and hunting elk, moose, ducks, and just whitetail.... you do have to pay to hunt ALL the animals, but there are free ones, it changes all the time, used to be Mule deer, then went to whitetail, no clue what's free now, but. it's worth the time and even 10 usd to play fully
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
Too expensive!! You are urge to buy a lots'a gear, update membership each few month's basically game made for draining your wallet!
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12 of 20 people (60%) found this review helpful
40.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
I absouloutly love this game,however you do need to be very patient and you may need to put some money into this game.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
29.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
This game is nice to play if you have a lot of patience. It offers some tools and objectives for free, but there are still some parts that can be purchased to increase your input. There was a good focus on the aspects of hunting.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
113.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
The game is beautiful and the animals are pretty realistic, the immersion is great. However the economics of the game are fundamentally broken. In order to hunt and enjoy you need to spend a lot of money, real money.

Before anyone jumps to conclusions I should make it clear that i have already spent 57 EUROS (more then 60$) on this game. Because it wouldn't allow me to hunt anything I've purchased a 50 euro annual membership, i chose that one because it also gave me alot of ingame items and I'm comfortable spending that amount on a game. OK. I got some things like weapons, clothing, a tent, a caller or something. After I have spent some time in the game I realized that even that won't be enough. I spent another 7 EUROS for a crossbow and some callers/lures.

Now I'm at the point where i realize that even though i have spent this amount of money I won't be able to enjoy all the features of the game without spending further money. But you see I am not comfortable spending any more money on this game and if any of the developers are reading the review, i will tell you this: I WON'T SPEND ANY FURTHER MONEY ON YOUR GAME. EVER. In fact i won't even play because i just can't enjoy a game that has no progression, a game that i know that no matter what i do ingame i will never be able to unlock items without paying for them. And playing without those items is possible but is artificially made harder in order to trick you into buying them.

As someone said in another review theHunter is the perfect example of what is wrong with today's gaming. Some people believe that everyone is a millionaire and can afford to spend 500 EUROS on a game. I repeat i am perfectly fine spending 50 EUROS on a game (buying it outright) but I won't be someone's milk machine.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
no realistic way of getting anything for free, if u want to get something u have to pay, its a hunting sandbox where nothing is free
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
I like the game so far. Most negatives complain about not being able to hunt everything.
Its clearly stated what you can hunt and even where they are located at. So most people just fail at basic reading.
I wish i could just buy a park and hunt at it forever for like 5 or 10.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
its fun but its a pay to win
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0.5 hrs
Posted: October 28
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0.7 hrs
Posted: October 28
If you have 1000 dollars to spent download this game.
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13.6 hrs
Posted: October 28
Cool game. You can try it !
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0.8 hrs
Posted: October 28
When they said realstic they meant realistic you even have to pay to hunt games are getting to realsitc for me to much immersion.
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1.1 hrs
Posted: October 28
Eh, shouldn't be a big ask to have ATVs and swimming in 2016, well implemented, and other mechanics more polished.

Might enjoy the occasional hunt if even just the necessary functions were well implemented like in GTA.
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1.1 hrs
Posted: October 28
realistic is not allways best its rare that you will find somthing
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1.0 hrs
Posted: October 28
F2P but P2P and P2W
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82.6 hrs
Posted: October 28
To be honest, I'ts the best hunter game out there. No doubt of it. But..

It's not F2P. It's a P2P model. Giving it negative just because of the "F2P" model..
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1.0 hrs
Posted: October 27
It´s cool game but it is expensive.In Steam I see that it is free to play but when u arrive in game you have to buy different things to hunt animals.That sucks.Make it almost full free to play game.Add in this game skins or something when u want to earn money.
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19.3 hrs
Posted: October 27
the game is not a free to play you have to buy a membership to hunt but the game it self is good
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