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 (12,259 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 3, 2014

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May 22

Status Update 22nd May 2015


Howdy hunters,

Long time no hear! There was no status update last week, so this one will be a bit longer than usual. But make sure to read till the end, you won’t regret it

Recent releases and other stuff

In case you’ve missed it, on Monday we released non-typical antlers for a Blacktail Deer and last week a Ground Blind in Arid camo. Speaking about the latter, the wrong price slipped into the store at the release (450 em$ instead of 420 em$). It was corrected on May 15th at 9:37 CEST, so if you bought this blind before that (you can check that in your em$ purchase history), please contact our support and we’ll refund you 30 em$.

There is one thing we forgot to mention in our last game update – the old time bug that made it impossible to fast-travel or heal oneself is now fixed! Falling in Val-des-Bois should be more enjoyable now.

Reserve set-ups are in the store

Today we’re starting to release the winning set-up bundles from our recent competition. We’re kicking it off with JackRbbt’s “Turkey Slaughter” set-up for Whitehart Island and will add the remaining 4 over the next weeks. With these bundles you have a great chance to get all equipment featured in the winning set-ups (except for deployable hunting towers) at a lovely 40% discount.

A small update on our reserve load-out competition – we received over 80 entries and are still going through them and preparing for the voting phase.

Password sharing warning

Recently we’ve been receiving quite a few reports about players asking for passwords and login details. Please be wary of such activity. Once you give someone your login, they can easily change your password and lock you out of your account forever. Unfortunately, there is not much we can do in situations like this as often it’s impossible to prove who the account initially belonged to. That’s why we are reminding you to never give away your password but instead to report players asking for this to http://support.thehunter.com/.

“Plinkington” spook radius update

There has been a lot of talk in the forum about the .22 “Plinkington” spook radius pre and post its tweak on Monday. We’ve discussed all your feedback and decided to tweak it further. Here are some notes from our game designer Daniel which shed some light on this decision and the reasoning behind it:

When the .22 Plinkington was released it had the same spook radius as the .22 Air Rifle. This was a mistake on our side (not some evil marketing trick, like some suggested) and the need to increase the spook radius was obvious. With such a low spook radius it made not only the Air Rifle obsolete but also every bow in the game. Taking into account that the .22 Plinkington is a semi-action rifle it effectively turned the game into sort of a carnivalesque shooting range: Game balance was thrown out the window. So some tweaks were made; the .22 Plinkington spook radius was increased to a little less than half of that of other rifles in the game. The bows and Air Rifle may be slower and have a shorter range, but they have a huge advantage in being more silent. It was apparent from your reactions that the tweaks made were too harsh in comparison to what you players had experienced when the rifle was first released: A completely reasonable reaction. You had fun with the gun and we basically took that fun away. With the new spook radius we’ll hopefully bring you some of that fun back without making the Bows and the Air Rifle redundant. The spook radius will be larger than at the initial release but not as large as after the first tweak. Bows are still superior when it comes to noise, but the .22 Plinkington has an advantage when it comes to speed and range.

There are also a couple of other factors that might be good to remind you guys of:

  • Turkeys are among the top three animals when it comes to spookiness. Hunting Turkeys is always going to be a challenge and judging a weapon’s spook radius based on how Turkeys react can be very misguiding. The bows are the optimum choice for gobblers.
  • Animals spook other animals. If there is a high scoring animal in a group of animals, chances are that it will react to the noise and spook the other animals even though the shooter is seemingly outside of the spook radius. So, as stated before: Spook radius alone is only one part of what determines animal flight behaviour.
  • It is also worth pointing out that albeit we’re striving for realism in everything, theHunter is a system in itself: A system we must try to keep in balance. Even though someone has real life experiences with a gun affecting animals in a certain way, these exact conditions and reactions do not exist in the game as the game has its own reality. In the game, conditions can only be measured and compared within the game itself. Who in real life has done the kind of crazy long range shooting we see in theHunter? Who has seen Pheasants as large as those in theHunter? The game is a world in itself. A world we hope you can judge as reasonable even though, in the end, it is just a game.
Finally…

Despite the outrageously cold weather in Stockholm, the summer is in the air; at least here, in the EW headquarters it starts to feel like it. Hoggy has been shedding his winter fur, our artist Tomas changed his avatar to a pup in a T-Shirt, and Hannes, Daniel and Pär went to the refreshing Rougarou Bayou and made a short video for you guys to put you in a summery mood too. Enjoy!



That’s it from us for today!

Happy hunting!

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May 18

Game Update 18th May 2015


Features

  • Blacktail non-typical antlers


Bug fixes
  • Fix for Mule Deer antlers score
  • Fix for Army Boonie camo – it now works according to the description
  • Fix for some European Rabbits not counting on the “Home Invasion” mission
  • Terrain fixes
  • Fix for the .22 Semi-auto Rifle spook radius – it’s been increased and now is higher than that for bows but lower than that for other rifles (Please find more on what the “spook radius” is below)
Changes
  • .22 Semi-Auto Rifle has increased fire rate
In progress:
  • New tasty feature a.k.a. the thing behind Oscar’s head
  • New sets of missions
On the spook radius in theHunter

Spook radius is a fine term for a small part of what affects the animal AI. On its own it is just what it says: A radius within which any animal has a chance of spooking from the sound of a weapon being fired. However, spook radius alone does not decide if an animal spooks or not: Different species react differently to sound; some are really nervous compared to others. Different animals within each species react differently to sound too; some of the large ones are way more wary than the smaller ones. Another layer is the general nervousness of the animal: Does it feel safe at the moment? If so, it will take more to spook it. So, despite a hard number being set for the spook radius, it is affected by other circumstances that will make each shot having quite different consequences.

Please note that the Steam patch is a bit broken right now. We'll release another, smaller patch a bit later today with a fix for that issue.

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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 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

    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
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473 of 618 people (77%) found this review helpful
45 people found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
Unistall works 10/10
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375 of 489 people (77%) found this review helpful
32 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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85 of 95 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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95 of 111 people (86%) found this review helpful
3 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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183 of 241 people (76%) found this review helpful
11 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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119 of 148 people (80%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
Do you have to pay to uninstall the game?
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178 of 237 people (75%) found this review helpful
27 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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78 of 93 people (84%) 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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131 of 186 people (70%) found this review helpful
16 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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77 of 106 people (73%) found this review helpful
15 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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34 of 38 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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30 of 33 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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36 of 43 people (84%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2014
Do i have to pay to post this comment?
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26 of 30 people (87%) 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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24 of 27 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2014
This is pay2play, not free.
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20 of 22 people (91%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
1. Downloaded.

2. Tried to create an account but every single time the game got blocked at this point.

3. Uninstalled.


11/10
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51 of 80 people (64%) found this review helpful
4 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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57 of 96 people (59%) found this review helpful
6 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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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
pay to win, I spent a good while tracking a dear, then it tells me i can't shoot it , what a joke
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
This game is a piece of s***.its free to download but buy to play
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