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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.
Release Date: Jun 3, 2014
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Status Update 21st August 2014

August 21st, 2014

Hello Hunters,

In this status update: news about the EW team, information about the upcoming reserve and the new animal revealed, so read on!

On the hunt for an awesome frontend developer

Sadly, our backend developer Adam and frontend developer Herman have left Expansive Worlds for other adventures, which means that we are short on the web staff at the moment and things might require additional time to get fixed and updated. A new backend developer is already on his way, but we’re still on the lookout for a talented frontend developer to fill in Herman’s shoes. If you know someone who might fit the role, send them our way! Here is the detailed job description.

It’s gonna be mountains!

The work on the new reserve continues and we’re happy to tell you that it’s going to be an Alps inspired reserve. It will feature ample meadows, shady mountains, lavish spruce and a sparkling creek. Once we’re ready, we’ll share more details and some screenshots with you, for now just rest assured that the new reserve will come with a couple of surprises.

You know Dasher and Dancer…

Here comes the most exciting piece – the mysterious new species. Well, not that mysterious, since hundreds of people hit the nail on the head with their guesses. Yes, it’s a reindeer and it’ll come to Hemmeldal. Here you can see some screenshots of this gorgeous boy for you to savour, please bear in mind that it’s still being tweaked and some minor changes might be added before the actual release.

Sneak peek competition – Winners

We’ve received 280 correct answers to our the competition to guess the animal and reserve. Much more people guessed right, but they didn’t qualify for one or another reason (their guesses were either not submitted in the specified forum thread, or after the deadline, or mentioned only the animal, or made several guesses). We accepted both ”caribou” and ”reindeer” as correct replies, because those are two names for the same species used in different areas of the world. Since Hemmeldal is set on our European inspired continent, we decided to use the local name ”reindeer”. Here are the names of the 10 winners, chosen randomly from 280 people, who will receive a new reindeer rattler caller, a large bottle of scent eliminator and, if applicable, a one-week license to hunt the very same.

  • The Herring
  • Rabbitfriend
  • EclipseStar
  • extremebowhunter12
  • Villkatta
  • ItzCriscco
  • Renier Cronje
  • Lateralus
  • Charlie2299
  • SeeDoe

If your name in game is different from your forum name please contact Alena.

That’s it from us for today, let us know what you think about the looks of the reindeer in the discussion thread linked to below.

Happy hunting!

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Status Update 7th August 2014

August 7th, 2014

Hello hunters,

Most of the team is back from their holidays, fresh and well-rested (and annoying to those of us who haven’t had a chance to go on their vacations yet), and the work on the new reserve and species is humming here. In the meantime, we’re planning to release more of exciting stuff, such as a new weapon and more goodies. If everything goes as planned, in the next status update we’ll be able to share some sneak peek screenshots of the new animal with the community. Until then, since some of you have asked for more hints, I can reveal as much as it has four legs and one tail ;)

August Fiestivities

The Summer Fiesta event and grand sale started on Monday, much to the joy of the community. Since the event has been highly appreciated, and because some of you have already completed all the missions, we’re thinking to spice up the Fiesta a bit, more news about this to come!

AMA with NAOutdoors

It’s time to bring back the popular Ask Me Anything, and this time it will be with David Lucas, a.k.a NAOutdoors, our support champion, one the oldest veterans of the game and all-round cool guy. Please note that, although he is our support manager, support questions will not be allowed, as we have a special channel for those.

David’s AMA thread in our official forum will be unlocked for 48 hours, starting at 9:30 CEST on August 8th. All the questions will be moderated and supervised by the moderation team, the standard AMA rules apply.

That’s all from us for today!

Happy hunting!

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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 the 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 seven diverse and immersive hunting reserves in the ever evolving world of theHunter by yourself.

Key Features

  • Hunt 18 different species including Black Bear, Brown 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.
  • Explore 7 different huge environments with state-of-the-art graphics, complete with day cycle and weather effects.
  • 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

Two huntable species (Mule Deer, Cottontail Rabbit), a weapon (.243 Bolt-Action Rifle) 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 ® 8/7/Vista/XP
    • Processor: Dual core from Intel or AMD at 2 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia GeForce 8800, ATI/AMD Radeon HD 2400
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 7 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
Helpful customer reviews
1,987 of 2,315 people (86%) found this review helpful
571 products in account
21 reviews
131.2 hrs on record
Hello everybody,

I play this game since nearly the beginning, have seen the initial developer go bankrupt and the new developer take over. I have seen month with nothing happening in terms of developments and I have seen the last few month after multiplayer was released with new stuff released every few weeks.

If you love hunting simulations, theHunter for sure is the game you want. It's way more realistic then Cabela's games, it has pretty nice graphics and huge different hunting locations with many, many animals to hunt. Every species feels special and there has not been a really good hunting simulation since Deer Hunter 2005.

- Pricing -
The downside: You need to invest a whole lot of money. To really enjoy the game you need a membership for about 5$ a month. No membership and you can only hunt very few species, need to buy ammo for all but the default rifle and can't create multiplayer games. Sure you can stick with some basic guns, but to take part in competitions and finish missions you need a whole lot of different guns. Each between 3 and 5$. Not to forget, there are tree stands, ground blinds and tents you would like to use sooner or later because there are very few fixed hunting towers on the maps and... yes, each of these items is another 4,50$ from your wallet.

Just a few numbers for you:
All weapons with scopes (not caluclation different skins or "premium" skins)
more then 150$

All callers (no decoys, no consumables like scents):
about 20$

Decoys for one full area for each species:
about 30$

Clothing depends on what you want, so I don't add a number to this, but each clothing set is about 5$... and you guess it: Some work better in different areas or against different species.

Stands and tents... lets say two of each for each reserve, you place them permanently, you don't want to pick them up after each hunt, so you can't really use the same two everywhere.
more then 200$

Sure, you are free to choose if you want this items, but to get everything out of the game you want this stuff. And more, every few weeks there is a new weapon, new cool cloth and your membership runs out every now and then.

- Earn ingame money -
There are ways to earn ingame money: Win competitions, but without spending money you can only take part in very few competitions and so the chance is low (and the prize money gets you nowhere). They developers also have partnered with third-party pages who offer you some money for playing other online games, taking part in surveys or downloading and using different applications. The results are spam on your email address, malware and a lot of these offers simply don't reward you.

There is a different ingame currency you earn completing missions, but you can only use this "money" on consumables and you need a good bunch of weapons to finish most missions, so again: No way without spending money. There is no way to grind the gear inside the game.

Without spending money you stick with the .243 for the free Mule Deer and you can unlock the Single Shot Shotgun to hunt Cottontail Rabbits, but you need to buy the ammo for it. That works with earned money for some time, but sooner or later you will run out of missions to do without buying weapons or a membership for real money.

- Bugs -
The game is full of bugs. I personally can't say there are gamebreakers, but animals getting stuck in trees, climbing trees, nearly all weapons stuck into your arm and broken reloading animations and other smaller and bigger bugs are around since a long time and often they return after a few patches. Gamebreaking bugs get fixed pretty fast but smaller bugs are often not relevant enough (and the fixes can't be sold like ne weapons or cloth) so we will for sure see this bugs for some more time.

- Community -
Just have to add it now, after multiple insults from fanboys. This game has a small die hard community that are happy to have this game, due it's the only one of it's kind. This makes them accept and defend every action the developers take. Since this review I often got friend requests from some of these guys that have nothing better to do then to tell me I'm a hypocrit to play this game a lot and not remommending it in my review. That's what you get from the community if you are not a 100% fan and don't think it's okay to pay a small fortune for this game.

- Conclusion -
As said, I'm into this game since years, I love it and I will keep playing it, but since about a year this game is all about money and everything ingame is pretty expensive.
Like with this the pre-release review postet on Steam, my personal experience showed me, that the developers break promises and contracts, lie in some cases, solve things always to their best and only communicate public what makes them look good.

- Tipp for beginners -
If you enjoyed the small free part, go to bit.ly/1oEMUr0 or google for "theHunter 2014 box" and purchase a key from the boxed edition of the game. For about 17 € you get 6 month membership (hunt all species, get free ammo for all guns) some starter weapons that allow you to hunt all species ethically and some additional gear. It's the best deal you can currently get as a beginner. This box is also available at Amazon and some other retailers if you want the box itself.
Posted: June 2nd, 2014
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1,244 of 1,499 people (83%) found this review helpful
84 products in account
12 reviews
0.8 hrs on record
How dare anyone call this product Free To Play [F2P]? The free content in the game is limited to one kind of animal, one map and default equipment. It is worse than a demo, or even a trial. Everything in this game is available after paying, constantly paying. Forget about "I paid once, I will have it all forever". Pay and play, pay and play.
Posted: June 3rd, 2014
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721 of 931 people (77%) found this review helpful
37 products in account
3 reviews
0.5 hrs on record
There's Free to play and then there's "Free to Play". If you want to play this with a friend (multiplayer) you'll need to buy a 3, 6 or 12 month membership. Price? 15 bucks for 3 month. 15 bucks that do not include any other items, just to be able to play online, with a friend. For 3 month. Obviously not recommended.
Posted: June 3rd, 2014
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588 of 772 people (76%) found this review helpful
281 products in account
6 reviews
2.9 hrs on record
I really had some good few hours. This was the first time I played a hunting game and I really expected nothing from it.
But I was surprised how how good the game was from its technical view. It's not the best looking game but the flora and fauna really got some love and detail, the sound is awesome and the lighting and sun effects are also really nice.
Really felt like being in the woods.
Now here's the negative trait. This game's free2play model is nowhere near anything you might consider as free to play and fair. Everything costs a lot of money and either you join the membership or you have a walking simulator (you're only allowed to hunt rabbits and mule deers).
It's more like a demo when you don't plan to invest money. The game even calls you a guest. And oh boy, the pricing is insane.
Probably a good hunting game, but I can't recommend it. It's a shame cause it was really an atmospheric experience for me.
That said I think if you are a really passionate hunter in real life you would probably gladly spend money on this one and you would probably go nuts about all people who complain abouth the subscription model.
Posted: June 2nd, 2014
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523 of 722 people (72%) found this review helpful
487 products in account
9 reviews
8.8 hrs on record
Dont mind to spent a few bucks now and then on a F2P game for convenience. But this on is just a demo of the full game if you dont spent money. Not at all a free game but fun to try it as a demo version. still a thumbs down for calling this a F2P and implementing a freakishly expensive System, with monthly fee AND having to pay for weapons that are needed to play. Really cant recommon this game with other alternatives out there to try.
Posted: June 2nd, 2014
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