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:
Mixed (442 reviews) - 46% of the 442 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Mixed (21,479 reviews) - 40% of the 21,479 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 3, 2014

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January 20

Announcing theHunter: Call of the Wild Release Date and Exclusive Items

We’re excited to announce the release date for theHunter: Call of the Wild! The ultimate hunting experience will be available worldwide on February 16, 2017 for PC via Steam and select retailers.

theHunter: Call of the Wild is the evolution of theHunter Classic, Expansive Worlds’ stand-out hunting game, with over 6 million registered players and 7 years of live operations. As a gesture of appreciation to our incredible community, theHunter Classic players will be able to redeem exclusive items in theHunter: Call of the Wild at no cost.

All theHunter Classic players that have reached a Hunter Score of 50 or more, and/or have purchased a membership at any point, can redeem two exclusive items – the .270 Warden Rifle and the Dry Leaves Ghillie Suit.

Likewise, players of theHunter: Call of the Wild will be awarded a unique weapon in theHunter: Classic, further underlining our commitment to let both games live alongside and complement each other. Both offers are exclusive and time limited. They will be available at launch and expire after the first 90 days post-launch (May 16, 2017) never to be offered again.

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January 19

Status Update 19th January 2017

Hello Hunters,

Welcome to this week’s Status Update, we have a lot to talk about, so let’s jump right into it :-)

Dog Backpacks

Available in Happy Camper and Blazing orange variations, the Dog backpack allows you to bring a little more equipment with you out in the field by letting your dog carry some of the smaller items (up to 1.5 kg weight). The total capacity of the dog backpack is 5 kg. Try letting your pooch carry their own treats – they love it!

In addition to that we have also released fantastic dog bundles, in case you want to buy a full set of equipment for your furry friend. They come in two variations, one Scent Hound and one Retriever bundle.


Our team have created beautiful Crows who are now circling above carcasses on Timbergold Trails to make it easier for hunters to find those.Read about this and other changes and fixes in the latest Game Update In case you missed it yesterday.

Trailer Competition winners

For the past 2 weeks we ran a theHunter Classic game Trailer competition. A big ‘thank you’ to everyone who has submitted a trailer and put hours of work into the creation, the team enjoyed them very much. We are still discussing and picking winners internally, hence the announcement of the results will be postponed for a few days. We want to make sure everyone in the team gets the chance to hand in their votes and the right person win.

Design a mission or competition pack for theHunter

It’s time to do this again! You’re interested in Game Design and want to leave your personal mark in theHunter? Here’s your chance: Design a pack of missions and / or competitions for theHunter to win great prizes and get them featured in our regular schedule. You can find all the details on the official forum in this thread.

New Team Members

We’re very happy to welcome two new additions to theHunter team – Johan, our new 3D art intern, and Adam, our new customer support manager!

Hi there!

My name is Johan Pauli. I’m the new 3d artist Intern here at Expansive Worlds and I am super thrilled to get the opportunity to work together with this awesome team on theHunter.

I was born in Stockholm and I currently live in the outskirts of the city together with my wife and two kids. I’ve always loved being creative, but up until recently never been really sure what I wanted to focus on. I’ve studied both music and arts prior to my current education, which is Game Development at Stockholms University. When I started there I finally knew that working with games was the thing for me. Apart from games, my interests are cooking (and eating) food, travel and binge watching series.

I’m really looking forward to get to know this dedicated community and to create content that you all like and enjoy!

Stay classy and happy hunting!


Alright all.

My name is Adam Potts. I joined the team this week as a Customer Support Manager.

I’m from the North of England and I’ve recently completed a sixteen-year contract with the Royal Air Force, where I was an Operations Manager in theaters around the world.

I’ve been involved with the gaming industry since I started playing the CounterStrike Beta to a high level in 1997. I moderated forums, managed clan servers and wrote news and articles for the online gaming communities Wireplay, Barrysworld and MPZ in the UK before I joined the military. More recently I have been a games reviewer and editor, event report editor and cosplay photographer. In 2013 I ran a series of twelve fighting video game events for all the top fighter development companies raising money for the charity SpecialEffect, which assists disabled gamers with playing games.

The games I’ve most recently played are the Banner Saga, Farcry Primal, Batman (The Telltale series), Fire Emblem Awakening and now theHunter.

In my free time I’m a combatives and silat instructor (and practitioner because you are always a student) and I’ve recently taken up tai chi. I’ve a huge interest in the outdoors and survivalist theories about preparing for worst case scenarios.

I look forward to assisting in any way I can, and will no doubt see you all in the forums or in game.

Stay safe.

Live Stream #Lockandlearn

Join us for our weekly Live Stream at 4PM CET on the Expansive Worlds Twitch channel. Johanna and I will be joined by the game’s Producer Alena, who most of you will probably know very well from being the former Community Manager of theHunter.

You can find the discussion thread for this week’s Status Update here

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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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