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 (15,204 reviews) - 38% of the 15,204 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 3, 2014

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October 1

Status Update 1st October 2015

Hey hunters,

Hope all is well on your side of the globe! Here at EW we are settling in in the new office (more on this below) and adding a final touch to Whiterime Ridge, as it’s almost ready – that close! – for you to set your feet in.

The starting five

As you already know, Bison, Sitka Deer and Snowshoe Hare will be residents of the new reserve. Time to reveal the last two members of the starting five – they are our good ol’ Moose and a new species Arctic Fox.

The Arctic Fox is based on the Red Fox but with nice, silky and – oh my! – so fluffy fur. On the pictures you can see the snow white animal but don’t be surprised when you come across another common variation – bue, which is simply stunning.

Some of you may wonder why Moose and not Caribou was chosen as One of the old guard for the sub-arctic reserve. Well, the reason if the existing Reindeer’s migratory behaviour and the shape of Whiterime Ridge where such gameplay wouldn’t be possible. In order to put Caribou into it, we would have needed to reprogram animal’s AI which would not be feasible at this moment.

Pre-release livestreams

Next week you’ll get a chance to see Whiterime Ridge with your own eyes during our traditional pre-release livestreams. This time, with help of hunters of our international community, we are able to offer it in 5 languages! Here’s the video announcement of the English and German livestreams and below you can find the dates, times and details of streams in other languages.

Times and dates of the pre-release livestreams:

English: Monday, October 5th at 19:00 CEST
Streamed by Pratze, joined by Killertut and aljona
You can watch it on this channel

German: Monday, October 5th at 21.30 CEST
Streamed by Pratze, joined by ForstHeld and Killertut
You can watch it on this channel

Italian: Monday, October 5th at 21:00 CEST
Streamed by members of theHunterItaly (beke87, 682, DiCy, LEO86, baluuto, scartuccio)
You can watch it on this channel (the link will be working at the time of the stream)

French: Monday, October 5th at 21:00 CEST
Streamed by Aquila_Foios
You can watch it on this channel

Spanish: Monday, October 5th at 21:00 CEST
Streamed by members of theHunterSpain
You can watch it on this channel (the link will be added soon, please check back later)

Hope you’ll be able to make it to one of these snow feasts!

Graphics Update

For the last months we’ve been working on some graphics improvements which will be implemented together with Whiterime Ridge. I’ll write a bigger, more detailed post with release notes later, but here is a sneak peek of just two improvements of many.

This shot shows the higher accuracy of the terrain lighting (the small hill to the right was previously lit incorrectly) as well as the updated lighting model.

This shot shows the improved shadowing of the grass for high and very high shadow settings.

Hunters’ new home – The Night Owl!

Last week, together with our mother company Avalanche Studios, we moved into new shiny headquarters with such a cool name the Night Owl. In case you want to come by and say hello (and you totally should!), our new address is Västgötagatan 5, Stockholm.

To make our office space looks truly theHunter’esque, we of course threw some some stuff around. Here’s a small collage of theHunter artifacts – do you know what they are and what relation they have to EW? The first person who will get all of them correctly (in forum thread replies) will receive something nice 😉

Game issues

Last Friday we experienced a server outage which lasted for about 8 hours and affected the majority of players. As a compensation for this lack of service we’ve added 2 days to all active memberships. You can read a more detailed statement on this here. We are very sorry about this.

And yet another persistent issue that has been plaguing many bear barrels and hog feeders in the last weeks – inconsistent and incorrect bait amount has been being displayed in the launcher and in game. We have been looking into this but were not able to pinpoint the cause of this problem yet. We’re continuing to investigate and after the issue is fixed, we’ll find the way to reimburse you for the lost bait if any.

Raffle winner

The lucky winner of our .45 – 70 Lever Action Rifle raffle is Fr_bugs! He was picked by the script from 90 hunters who have increased their Hunterscore by 10 in the last week and will receive the rifle at the Whiterime Ridge release.

That’s it for today!

Happy hunting!

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September 24

Status Update 24th September 2015

Hello there hunters,

Whiterime Ridge with its snowy deserts and howling winds is creeping into the EHR and from what I’ve seen so far it’s promising to be a totally different hunting experience. Tough, lonely (bring a friend on your journey) and somewhat contemplative. Well, at least that’s my perception, hopefully you’ll be able to make up your own mind very soon. In the meantime, let me introduce the third inhabitant of this frozen realm (the one that is jumping). Extremely cute and fluffy, meet the Snowshoe Hare.

As you can see from this render, it’s remodelled after our old bud, the Cottontail Rabbit. However the Snowshoe has much larger paws, is able to hope better on the snow crust and has leaner body covered with lovely fur. Otherwise the AI and gameplay are very much the same as that of the Cottontail, only they are more difficult to spot due to their outstanding camouflage ability.

Like all the Br’ers Rabbits of the EHR, the Snowshoe Hare will be free to hunt.

There have been oodles of questions regarding cold weather and how our existing clothes will perform in Whiterime Ridge, so let me tackle them here. For one, all items of clothing in the store will receive an additional characteristic – Weather Protection. This will determine how long you will be able to stay alive without collapsing in the harsh sub-arctic environment wearing that particular item. In jeans and a t-shirt you will not last long at all, whereas for example a trapper outfit will give you more time. There will be special clothes in which you will able to hunt for an unlimited period of time. A basic set with no camo will be given out for free at the release, similar to the basic clothes you get when you join theHunter. If you want additional camo, a Sneaky 3D Arctic Winter outfit will be available in theHunter Store. Now, to the Sneaky 3D Winter Forest outfit. It has camo which will work in Whiterime Ridge forest areas but its weather protection won’t be enough to hunt in it for an unlimited period of time.

Over the weekend we are running a special Whiterime Ridge Warm-Up Marathon where you get a chance to win yourself some Sneaky 3D Arctic Winter clothes. Read the details here.

Now, to the winner of our raffle-daffle we announced last week before the double XP weekend. Over 500 hunters increased their skills by 5 levels but the lucky winner is Shotoenth! He will receive the beautiful .45-70 Lever Action Rifle at the Whiterime Ridge release.

For the rest of you, please do not despair, here is a new raffle for you. We will choose another hunter who will get the .45-70 for free amongst those who will have increased their hunterscore by 10 points from today, September 24 until October 4th. To make this task a tiny bit easier for guests, from today until the end of Monday, September 28th, Whitetail Deer, Black Bear, Roosevelt Elk, Feral Hog and Moose will be free to hunt.

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 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 22 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, European Rabbit & Red Kangaroo.
  • Explore 9 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, European 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: 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
500 of 571 people (88%) found this review helpful
65 people found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
Sees a rabbit, shoots at it "you need a license to hunt that"
Sees a bear, shoots at it "you need a license to hunt that"
Sees a tree, shoots at it "you also need a licence for that, that and that.....oh, hold on, you need a licence for life to, whats your credit card number?"

the only thing you dont need a license for is the uninstall button.

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830 of 975 people (85%) found this review helpful
52 people found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
"You must have a license to get a license"

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1,606 of 2,050 people (78%) found this review helpful
145 people found this review funny
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
I couldnt decide what to write in this review , so im gonna share with you guys my favorite apple pie recipe Enjoy! :D


2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

2/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons shortening

4 to 6 tablespoons cold water


1/3 to 1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon salt

8 cups thinly sliced peeled tart apples (8 medium)

2 tablespoons butter or margarine

1) In medium bowl, mix 2 cups flour and 1 teaspoon salt. Cut in shortening, using pastry blender (or pulling 2 table knives through ingredients in opposite directions), until particles are size of small peas. Sprinkle with cold water, 1 tablespoon at a time, tossing with fork until all flour is moistened and pastry almost cleans side of bowl (1 to 2 teaspoons more water can be added if necessary).

2) Gather pastry into a ball. Divide in half; shape into 2 flattened rounds on lightly floured surface. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate about 45 minutes or until dough is firm and cold, yet pliable. This allows the shortening to become slightly firm, which helps make the baked pastry more flaky. If refrigerated longer, let pastry soften slightly before rolling.

3) Heat oven to 425°F. With floured rolling pin, roll one pastry round into round 2 inches larger than upside-down 9-inch glass pie plate. Fold pastry into fourths; place in pie plate. Unfold and ease into plate, pressing firmly against bottom and side.

4) In large bowl, mix sugar, 1/4 cup flour, the cinnamon, nutmeg and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Stir in apples until well mixed. Spoon into pastry-lined pie plate. Cut butter into small pieces; sprinkle over filling. Trim overhanging edge of pastry 1/2 inch from rim of plate.

5) Roll other round of pastry into 10-inch round. Fold into fourths and cut slits so steam can escape. Unfold top pastry over filling; trim overhanging edge 1 inch from rim of plate. Fold and roll top edge under lower edge, pressing on rim to seal; flute as desired. Cover edge with 2- to 3-inch strip of foil to prevent excessive browning.

6) Bake 40 to 50 minutes or until crust is brown and juice begins to bubble through slits in crust, removing foil for last 15 minutes of baking. Serve warm if desired.
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164 of 209 people (78%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 9
its a scam... 5% of the game is free the rest you will have to pay for.
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242 of 324 people (75%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
84.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
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