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.
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Mixed (492 reviews) - 48% of the 492 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Mixed (22,264 reviews) - 41% of the 22,264 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 3, 2014

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March 24

Status Update 24th March 2017

Hello hunters,

Here comes your weekly batch of news from the theHunter headquarters!

Here we goat again…

Earlier this week we released our awesome Feral Goats onto Bushrangers Run and, judging by your feedback, you’ve been enjoying hunting them a lot! We also think the goats bring a special touch to a reserve that has been lacking a fulfilling hunting experience for a long time.

Grey Feral Goat harvested by community member lowby

The diversity of fur, colours and horns is something that makes this species unique and fun. Here is the thread for you to check all of them and how about post one of your own trophies? The “melanistic” ones that you could see in your hunt history post-release are actually the common black variation. Earlier today we released a patch fixing it and your hunting expeditions should now show the corrected info.

Right now there is also a pretty high ratio of piebalds and greys of different kinds, which are supposed to be slightly rarer than (think three times as rare) common ones. You can regard this as a release gift, we will tweak the ratio slightly in the next patch. 😉

Currently our goats can only be hunted using the good old spot-and-stalk method, but we are soon going to introduce mineral goat feeders (together with nifty salt blocks) to add an additional level to their hunting gameplay. Stay tuned!

Baiting System Review

Together with the new mineral goat feeders we will also be releasing the overhauled version of the baiting system for bear barrels and hog feeders. The new system features significantly simplified gameplay which we believe will offer players a more consistent experience. It also makes the system a lot easier to work with in the future. Upon release, David is planning to share background info about the changes to the system and technical specifications in a developer blog similar to the one Luna created for HS 2.0.

Deployable towers and scent hounds promotion

Today is the last day you can take advantage of our bonus gift promotion during which you can get a scent hound (female, light coat) and Deployable hunting towers Bare Wood when buying em$. There are a couple of hours left of the promotion, so hurry up while you still can. We’ve also added some heavy discounts to a lot of items in the store for you to spend your newly acquired em$ on.

Last but not the least, say hello to our new team member. His name is Linus and he has recently joined us as a Client Programmer. Read his intro below and say hello in the forums. You know the drill.

Welcome Linus!

Yo \o

My name is Linus Sköld, I recently joined theHunter Classic team as a programmer after having worked on theHunter: Call of the Wild. I started my internship at Avalanche Studios back in the end of August 2016, this is part of the last year of my education at The Game Assembly where I (obviously) studied programming.

Some of my favourite games are World of Warcraft (huge lore nerd), Star Wars Jedi Knight Jedi Academy & Outcast, most (not 13) of the Final Fantasy games, Bravely Default & Second, Fire Emblem . There simply are too many great games to count that I have as favourite, but if you need to have a strong defined ONE game it’s World of Warcraft, 10 years of my life has gone into that game and I ain’t stopping now.

Other than playing tons of games in my spare time I do a lot of programming on my own to learn more about how things work and how to come up with smarter solutions, I also read manga, watch anime, and go to the gym to not have my back destroyed.

I hope to get along with you all, see you in the wilds!

That’s it from us for today, happy hunting!

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March 22

Game Update 22nd March 2017

  • New species – Feral Goats! You can find them all over Bushrangers Run.

Game Design notes: Our Feral Goats have a lot of different fur textures (three common ones and a bunch of rares, all of them are present in both short and long fur variations). Their horns also vary significantly, featuring four main horn types of various sizes, with different degrees of rarity which, together with the assorted fur, provides a wonderful variety.

The scoring is based on CIC scoring. However, we had to make some adjustments to make it work for our game, hence the scoring will not always be comparable to e.g. Alpine Ibex.

The horn score is based on the actual size of the models in the game. The Feral Goats we have in the game are a pretty small variant. In real life these animals have different body sizes depending on where in the world they live, along with other influencing factors. Ours are small, therefore we had to keep the horn size down a bit to fit the model. We adapted the score for the horns to fit the references we have, so head:horn ratio should look accurate.

As a result, the largest horns can reach a really high value while the smallest horns can have a smaller value than what CIC score calculation would suggest.

Please note that currently some lower scoring Feral Goats will have CSS 0. We are looking into this issue and it will be fixed in the next patch.

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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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