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 (11,912 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 3, 2014

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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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April 16

Status Update 16 April 2015

Hey hunters,

Welcome to our weekly status update, this time unusually real life focused.

On the matter of cheaters

Starting with a murky piece of news, we’ve recently been receiving quite a lot of reports about players who have been cheating by using hacks and other non-permitted practices. Each case was investigated individually and thoroughly and the player accounts that were found guilty have since been suspended. All banned players will be removed from leaderboards, so if you notice any change there, you’ll know why. It’s quite sad when people who have invested considerable amounts of time and money into the game, ruin it for themselves just to bag more animals or to win a competition. As you know, we have a zero-tolerance policy towards cheaters and think it’s unfair to players who have been playing honestly to leave culprits unpunished. If you notice someone whose hunt info looks suspicious (e.g. a lot of animals harvested in an extremely short time frame) please do not accuse people publicly in the forum or on social media channels, but instead contact our support manager David at and each case will be investigated. Thank you for your help on this!

German community meet-up

Now moving onto a cool real life event. Since the beginning of theHunter, our German-speaking community has been very active and passionate, and last weekend they took it a step farther by organizing the very first real life gathering. Twenty-two out of 79 members of the theHunter-Community “Die Jagdfreunde” (hunting friends) came from all over Germany, Switzerland and Austria to the small town of Rosenthal near Kassel, Germany, to meet each other IRL for the first time. One of the meet-up participants Pratze says: “It was just amazing to see all the faces of people we usually only know by their voice on TeamSpeak. We had lots of fun together, there was a lot of talking, laughing, barbecuing, drinking and, of course, anecdotes about theHunter.”

It’s been a big success, and Jagdfreunde are planning to have at least one gathering per year from now on. If you are a German player who wants to join this great community – get in touch with the them!

Here you see the picture of this fine crowd, the combined HS of all participants was 25383 and average 1208.7 – theHunter force is strong with German hunters in Rosenthal

I can add that we were thrilled to hear that theHunter brought them together and we made a small contribution to the event by sending them over some T-Shirts and em$ codes as a hi from EW!

EW gone shooting

Now onto another real life gathering, this time here, In Stockholm. Yesterday our significantly grown team (29 people right now, whoa!) went to shoot some guns. Although we were handling lethal weapons, surprisingly, everyone came back in one piece. The team had tons of fun (not as much as shooting guns in theHunter though, obviously). As our producer Hannes nostalgically said afterwards, shooting the .454 Casull was the closest to inner peace he have ever been.

We know that there are lot of fans of guns in our community, so we took some pictures for you (click to enlarge):

Hannes is reaching his peace…

… and the result of his efforts

.44 Magnum

.33 Special

Instructor is showing the 9mm special rifle, the only one in Sweden

José on the firing line

We’re in the Movember Platinum Club!

In case you’ve already forgotten our Movember campaign, back in November we made a bunch of moustaches and donated 2$ for every sold piece to Movember foundation. Together with theHunter community we raised $3248 which not only made us top 5 contributors in Sweden but also, as we found out today, got us the entrance ticket to the Movember Platinum club. As a reward we’ll be receiving a coveted official Movember Soup Guard which is a special moustache spoon to protect a man’s moustache while eating soup.

This achievement belongs to you, our community, thank you once again! Unfortunately, we can not share the Soup Guard with everyone who helped us raise funds, but once it arrives at the office we’ll hang it up on theHunter trophy wall, and if you are by any chance in Stockholm, come by our office and we promise to borrow it to you for some classy soup eating

Finally, hopefully you haven’t missed our latest competition for the best reserve set-ups? You have a bit less than a day to take part in it to win some nice prizes and, which is even more important, to write your name into our first ever community e-book.

That’s if 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 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

    • 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
2,080 of 2,259 people (92%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
its free to download, not free to play
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191 of 235 people (81%) found this review helpful
55 people found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
Unistall works 10/10
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187 of 247 people (76%) found this review helpful
23 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

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127 of 160 people (79%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
Don't recommend this ♥♥♥♥! NEED MORE MONEY
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737 of 1,074 people (69%) found this review helpful
76 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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150 of 200 people (75%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
This is a complete SCAM it is not free to play at all.
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64 of 84 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
says free but you have to pay to do anything
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44 of 55 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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37 of 47 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
There are so many animals in this game its like you are acually hunting. Spend hours hunting down animals alone or with your friends. Hunt down deer, bears, ducks, pheasants, rabbits, boars, ect. The amount of hours that any player could have put in to this game would have been amazing.

Sounds like a good game right, well if its a good game why am i not recommending it, well here is the reason why. The store page is lieing, to you there is nothing in this game that makes it free-2-play. The 4 hours i spent playing this game i was so confused on why i couldn't shoot a boar THAT WAS RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME. Turns out you need a liecense for almost every animal. You can only kill 2 animals if you are a free-2-play player, which is mule deer and rabbits (which in my opinion the hardest animals to find). I spent 2 hours looking for mule deers, I looked up guides, I tried different approaches, and still couldn't even see one. i was following a mule deer's tracks for a full hour and everytime i would get close it would run away (now keep in mind I was crouching the entire time and I didnt even get to see the damn thing). Also, while I was looking for the mule deer i found a whitetail deer, a pheasant, and a boar, WHICH WERE EASY KILLS. So this the games logic, I have to pay in order to click on animals. Yes that makes so much sense, my god i would rather go hunting in real life. Oh and i didnt even get to the equipent, guess how many weapons you get, just guess, ONE. It makes no sense to me how you only get ONE weapon in a hunting game. Ok let me tell you everything you get when you first start the game. You get a sniper rifle, a huntermate (a GPS/tracker), a mule deer caller, a camera, and binoculars. Now you might think that that is exactly what you need to go hunting. Well your wrong, because the full 4 hours i was playing the game i kept finding everything other than mule deer. Oh and I almost forgot mule deers are only found on one map, and there are i believe 8 maps. So let me get this straight there are 8 maps in this game, the animals that you are able to kill are only available in 1 map, and you only get 2 animals that you are able to kill. Yeah this is definatly free-2-play. Oh yeah also, if you want to be able to kill all the animals in the game you have to get a license. If you want to know something similar to this system, its like Xbox Live. You pay 14.99 for a 3 month license. WTF thats criminal now a days, now if you are the kind person that doesnt mind paying, then thats great this game is for you. But its still very stupid that you have to do such a thing like that.

Hey Expansive Worlds and Avalanche Studios, let me teach you something about free-2-play.

In order to make a good free-2-play game you must be able to make sacrifcises. Sacrificises such as being able to hunt down every animal in 1 map (not 2 you greedy ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s), be able to give the player 1 of every weapon, and a caller for those animals. Now is that so hard. If you listen to this review and do what i say this will definately make this game, The Best Hunting Game Ever Made. It has the potential.

The final verdict for this game is:


and if you listen to my suggetions it would probably make the game at least:


Think about it
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45 of 61 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
This Is Not Free, Dont Waste Your Time!
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30 of 36 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
This game could be great but that membership ♥♥♥♥ pisses me off. You can only shoot at rabits and 1 type of deer without the membership. This game's NOT free to play. More like free to pay.
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25 of 29 people (86%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2014
Please don't avertise this as a F2P game. If you can walk around forever, find an animal, and then not let me shoot until I hork over some money, then it's not a F2P game. It's a walking simulator with paid hunting DLC, but only for a few months.
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28 of 35 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
24.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
NOT F2P you need to pay real money if you want hunt more than 2 kinds of animal
But best hunting simulation I have seen

If you can afford Bugatti you can afford to fully enjoy this game
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23 of 28 people (82%) found this review helpful
42.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
As so many reviewers before me I have to demand to get rid of this F2P tag. You have to pay real money on a subscription based model to play the game as the developers intented it. Otherwise I guess it is a great game. Kind of costly though, because nearly everything you can buy is only temporarily. With the free membership you can only hunt mule deers. This wouldn't be so bad if there were only mule deers on the map, but no, every animal that is huntable, you can find and thats where it really gets frustrating. You are hunting a deer for 40 to 50 minutes, get to the best shooting spot you can find, only to find out when you pull the trigger, that it is a white tail deer and you dont have a license to shoot it. The free membership is a farce. It is a really bad demo at best. I guess it would be a great game if it wasn't for this ridiculous payment model. Please Valve, do something about this F2P Tag.
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33 of 46 people (72%) found this review helpful
8 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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46 of 70 people (66%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
first when i played this it looked pretty okay, but when i entered the game and jesus tapdancing wet christ... NEVER AGAIN
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32 of 46 people (70%) found this review helpful
5 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
>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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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
Don't waste your time, although there is no charge for playing, the amount of gameplay you get (even after buying a subscription package) is minimal. There are very strict (and never explained) regulations on what you can shoot with what type of bullet (to be bought for extra currency you need to buy, or earned via a method that is never explained). If you're looking for an enjoyable experience, drop some money on a proper hunting game, unless you like getting messages from 'Doc' about the long list of ammo you're allowed to kill things with.
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22 of 31 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person 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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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
Not a very good F2P game. You can only hunt Mule Deer and Rabbit without buying a monthly subscription or paying real money for licenses. Although multiplayer is available and is a great option for friends, it is still a hunting game geared towards single player. Why this is a subscription-based game is complete non-sense. I've played everything from the Deer Hunter series to Cabela, Trophy Hunter, etc, all of which were great hunting games that you purchased once. To try to justify server costs would just ridiculous. They are using the wrong sales platform for this game.
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