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.
User reviews: Mostly Negative (12,004 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 3, 2014

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April 30

Status Update 30 April 2015


Hello hunters,

It’s time for our weekly status update.

About these status updates

Traditionally, the main purpose of our status updates has been to share with you news and insights about what’s going on with the game, the team and the company. Status updates have never been game-specific and we have no plans to change this. Our game updates are exclusively for game-specific updates. Some people have been asking for more behind-the-scenes information in our status updates, with regard to what the team is working on. Additionally, people have raised concerns that nothing “big” seems to be happening with theHunter recently, given the fact nothing has been communicated. Our old-time players know that even if we don’t say much, this doesn’t necessarily mean that nothing is cooking in the EW kitchen The reason we choose not to share information in advance is because we don’t want to plant seeds prematurely and give any promises until we’re 100% sure that we can deliver. There have been cases in the past when we announced that we were working on something early on, then for some reason the production got wrapped up, and people got frustrated because they already set their minds on having that weapon, animal or a feature. So, it is a conscious decision our part not to over-communicate beforehand, simply to avoid creating frustration within the community. After all, we believe that pleasant surprises are better than unfulfilled promises.

Having said that, here is a small sneak peek into the culprit that has been keeping us busy since the release of Bushrangers Run – in the last month the whole EW team has been working on a new, big and tasty feature. It has been one of the most popular community requests since probably forever. A lot of hard work and love has been poured into it so far but there is much more that needs to be done, we hope we’ll be able to tell you more soon. Until then, feel free to speculate but don’t go too crazy (hint – it’s not bigfoot)

Best community reserve set-ups

The competition for the best community reserve set-up is over. The engagement in this one was really great, with over 60 entries and almost 500 votes cast.

The following 5 entries have received the most amount of community votes (click on the images to open in full resolution):

1. JackRbbt’s Whitehart Island set-up



2. \m/’s Hirschfelden set-up



3. MonacoSteve’s Hirschfelden set-up



4. Pretty_Boy’s Bushrangers Run set-up



5. Cireme’s Val-des-Bois set-up



Winners will receive a new Alpine Camo tent and an additional award of their choice. Their set-ups will also be featured in the store as special equipment bundles, so you can get the everything featured in their set-ups at a great price.

As promised, we’ll make an e-book featuring all qualifying set-ups that will be shared with everyone in the community.

Thank you to everyone who participated, your set-ups have become a great inspiration for many hunters!

The competition is over – let’s do another one!


 

This time we’d like you to share your favourite reserve-specific load-outs (a set of weapons, equipment and clothing). The winning load-outs will be featured in our store as permanent bundles and credit to their creators will of course be given. We’ve decided to change the format of the competition this time, to make it a bit more anonymous and fairer. Please read the rules carefully and good luck!

Happy hunting!

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April 24

Status Update 24 April 2015


Howdy hunters,

Welcome to another weekly status update from theHunter headquarters.

Please welcome a new member of the non-typical family

We’ve been teasing you with non-typical antlers for yet another theHunter species for a while now, and the word is already out there as to who is coming next. So, here you go – we’ve just released non-typical Mule Deer into the Logger’s Point hunting reserve. They will be as rare as their “special” Whitetail brothers, but still not as rare as in real life, since we want to give every player a chance to bag one.

Some of you were a bit critical regarding non-typical Whitetails, which we might as well address here while we’re on the subject. Some people commented that non-typicals in the game look “farmed” or, as some of you call them, “freaks”, and also pointed out that there is far less likelihood of meeting one in real life than there is in the EHR. Peter already touched on this in his release notes for non-typicals: “The antler system is one of the most complicated features in theHunter. In order to improve the production value (how much time and money something costs to implement) we’ve made an effort to slightly simplify the system that we use for handling non-typical antlers and have come up with a solution that made all this possible.“ So, to reiterate, we had to make a simpler type of antler for the non-typical variation, to make non-typicals a reality in theHunter. If we were to make a completely randomized (and TruRacs-based) system for them, it would have taken us a year or so to implement and most likely, it would never have become a reality for that particular reason. This is pretty extensive work for a feature that few players will ever see. So, the non-typical racks are a compromise but we think it’s better this than nothing.

We’ve also consulted Larry Weishuhn, a.k.a. “Mr. Whitetail”, who is a friend of our support manager David Lucas (NAOutdoors), regarding the non-typicals for Whitetails and he approved them, which is a good sign

Now coming back to our Mule Deer, today we’re also releasing a special pack of missions, two focused on typical and one for non-typical Mulies. Since the latter is more difficult to come across, you’ll get a longer time to complete the set. And yes, those missions will be rewarded with special trophies, typical and non-typical – classy!



Help us pick the best reserve set-up

Before you head off to Logger’s Point in search of a non-typical Mule Deer, please swing by the forum and cast your vote in our best reserve set-up voting to make sure that the best of the best win.

On the photo – the notorious “hopping bear set-up” (outside of competition).

Looking for more translators

We’re once again throwing a call out there for volunteer translators to come aboard our 28-people strong localization team. Right now we are specifically seeking people with native levels of Danish, Spanish, Russian, Romanian, Slovak, Swedish, but if you would like to help us bring theHunter in any other language – get in touch! Our translators receive a specially designed T-Shirt (the one our Finnish translator Lapehunter and Polish translator Makaan are rocking in their trophy shots below) along with other perks.


 
And the last but not least, our backend guy Emil has made some speed improvements for the skills and achievement pages, so they should load faster now, and the skills are now arranged in alphabetical order (which you may have probably noticed).

See you in the woods of the EHR!

Happy hunting!

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Reviews

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

Key Features

  • Hunt 20 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, Reindeer & Alpine Ibex.
  • Explore 8 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

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows ® 8/7/Vista/XP
    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
Helpful customer reviews
251 of 321 people (78%) found this review helpful
61 people found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
Unistall works 10/10
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240 of 312 people (77%) found this review helpful
61 people found this review funny
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 29
Can't defend myself from an attacking coyote because i don't have a hunting license

10/10
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855 of 1,214 people (70%) found this review helpful
167 people found this review funny
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
I noticed theHunter was free to play so thought I'd give it a go. This is how my experience went:

  • I load up the game and jump straight into the hunt! I familiarise myself with the controls and get ready to begin.

  • I hike through miles of woodland, meticulously scanning the area for my prey. These are my woods. I am the apex predator. A god among mindless furry beasts.

  • After what seems like hours, I see it. My prey. A 33.4kg female Mule deer. It hasn't seen me yet. My primal hunter instincts activate and I stealthily approach.

  • I zero in on the deer. My deer. My trophy. It is in my crosshairs, I hold my breath, ready to fire, I was born for this. Everything I had accomplished in life leading me here, to this very moment...

  • Balls! It suddenly spooks, and trys to run. I panic and let out a squeal, firing blindly. I see blood spraying everywhere. I had hit it, but the poor thing just keeps on running, trailing blood the whole way.

  • Still panicking, I chase after the deer, following the trail of its blood. After 10 mins I find it...

  • The deer, my deer, has collapsed from exhaustion in an alarmlingly large pool of it's own blood.

  • It's in so much pain.

  • It looks up at me.

  • It knows.

  • "Please, kill me." It tells me with its eyes.

  • Those eyes.

  • I start to cry.

  • I can't do it.

  • I walk away.

  • I uninstall the game.

  • I still have nightmares about the deer.

  • I start drinking heavily and consuming opiates to cope with the pain.

  • It helps me forget.

  • Life will never be the same.

10/10 would suffer from PTSD and ruin life again.
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60 of 75 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 20, 2014
Combine this game with your TrackIR: It's like I'm really outside!

But seriously speaking, I used to play this game a bit before it was on Steam. If you actually pay for your subscription and buy some guns and ammo, it's a very fun, comfy hunting game. If not, then you're ♥♥♥♥ outta luck. Don't believe the 'free to play' advertisement, this is subscription based game through and through.

I'm still gonna recommend the core game itself since it's enjoyable if you jump through the hoops. I'd still rather just pay for a full game for $30 or something, though.
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38 of 46 people (83%) found this review helpful
32 people found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 3
You need a license to view this review.

0/10
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57 of 83 people (69%) found this review helpful
31 people found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
*Shoots rabbit* *Screen pops up and says "You must buy DLC to rabbit."

420/8 m8 Would rabbit again
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51 of 76 people (67%) found this review helpful
22 people found this review funny
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 7
>loaded in the game after creating my character
>joined a server
>found trails
>found boars
>bout to take the shot
>*click*
>You have to have a license or have premium to hunt this animal

9/11 Best game I've ever played
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37 of 52 people (71%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
PRICING MODEL: Horrible
GRAPHICS: Good
PROBLEM: Why doe the review thingy say "Mixed" when 98% of the reviews are not recomended?
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30 of 43 people (70%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
Great for people with Vertigo because the sensitivity is as slow as Mc Donalds services. You walk like you jsut ♥♥♥♥ your pants. Graphics remind of Tetris. 11/10
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26 of 37 people (70%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
Pros:
Run so fast.
So realistic that you can't kill unless you have licenses.
If you're vegan, you will enjoy this game.

Cons:
So realistic that you can't kill unless you have licenses.
If you're not vegan, you will hate this game.

PETA/10 "It's okay." -IGN
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19 of 26 people (73%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2014
What i like: Its free
What i hate: You need to pay to hunt 99% of the animals.
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34 of 55 people (62%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
This game is a great torture device, the American agent told me everything after I made him play it!
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
"The most realistic online hunting game ever produced."

because having to pay 50 dollars to click on like 6 animals is what happens in real life also
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
This game looks beautiful and plays really well. It has some major flaws though.

First I'd like to state that I never bought the game, but played it as a free to play.

First thing is the wind, the wind always blows from the south-west, making it quite boring and inefficient starting from any souther point on a map in my opinion. While a small problem, it is still an issue making the game dull at that part. A wind change every X hour or having it randomly set to one thing at the start of a map would be better.

The biggest issue is the microtransaction part. As a free to play game you can only hunt mule deer and cottontail rabbits. You get all the equipment for the mule deers straight away, but in order to get the weapon required for cottontail rabbit, you have to go through microtransactions or watch ads/register on sketchy sites to obtain in game currency. There is a currency in the game that you can earn by doing missions, like shooting and confirming the kill of an animal or tracking and spotting a certain animal. But this currency cannot be used for buying weapons, only ammunition and other items such as scent removers etc.

Paying the subscription allows you to hunt every single animal, and some packs give you weapons and sights to get started. But none offer said air rifle for use on rabbits, mallards or pheasants. I find this a huge problem as I wanted to shoot rabbits.

The game could go very far if it had better ways of obtaining things. The ads for currency should be removed, everything should be purchasable with the free to play currency and it should be possible to obtain it from successfully shooting and killing animals that give points (mostly male animals)
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 28
The steam page may boast the idea that theHunter is a free game. However this is more or less a downright lie. TheHunter is a game that is designed to make the free to play version of theHunter be extremely linear and boring but show enough promise into what the game could be if you payed for the membership. These micro transactions are thrown upon you at almost every second of this game. Want to play with a friend? Nope you have to pay! Want to use a bunch of cool weapons? Nope you have to pay! Can I at least hunt and kill alot of animail's? Nope! Without membership you can only kill and select amount of animals.

Even if the shady transactions and free to play model were not present it doesnt get rid of the fact that theHunter never stops being a boring and extremely glitchy game. Actully shooting an animal is near impossible due to the low frame rate lock and the very laggy movement. I found myself having a hell of a lot more fun using the ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ brick breaker app on the hunters phone in game than actully hunting, which is never a good sign. Hunting games can be fun and interesting but theHunter with lack of a better work screwed everything up and created a pile of ♥♥♥♥ which is a disgrace to good games trying to get on steam these days.

-AUS ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
You must BUY to hunt animals, unless you like hiking and just looking at them through a gun
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2014
I tried it, having not listened to the other reviews, and I am sorry to say that this game is NOT worth it.

For starters, there's no Tutorial. The game tosses you in without any little hints and stuff.

Second, You can't hunt anything unless you have a permit for it or the game's membership.

There's also the fact that the running and several of the controls are just completely whack.

Oh, and did I mention that your character holds the "sniper rifle" butt against the middle of their chest and hold the stock like some wand? Because the stock CLEARLY DOESN'T go against your shoulder.

Next, the graphics are Playstation 2 style. They're outdated and poorly done. I know, graphics don't make up a game, but it's still a factor.

The controls are slow and it's basically very amateur and a sad attempt.
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23 of 40 people (58%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2014
Made me kill my cat

10/10
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
442.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 26
A disgustingly bad business model on an otherwise fantastic game..

this says it all
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 24
Seemed like a good game. but i couldn't do much of anything.

like what has been said. free to download but not free to play. or to even play online.
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