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 (6,179 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 3, 2014

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September 25

Status Update 25th September

Hey all good hunters,

Val-des-Bois is released!

Amazing news – our new reserve Val-des-Bois is finally released! It is the 8th of the Evergreen Hunting Reserves with the total combined area of approximately 75 km2 - pretty mind blowing, huh? The new reserve comes with a whole bunch of breathtaking views and unconquerable peaks for you to master. We know that there are a lot of questions and speculations going on about how exactly climbing works, so Björn put together some notes for you explaining all the ins and outs of the new feature, make sure to read them before challenging those ridges. During the preparation for the pre-release live stream, our community member HooCairs has also made a short video showing how climbing and fall damage works.

Free roe hunt until the end of the week

We want all our players, both members and guests, to get the feel and thrill of hunting in the new reserve, so we're kicking off the release of Val-des-Bois with a free roe deer hunt which will last up till Sunday midnight. No memberships or licenses will be required and .243 Bolt Action Rifle is permitted for roes.

Alpine Ibex hunting tips

The biggest hit of Val-des-Bois is of course the new species, the Alpine ibex. Hunting Alpine Ibex will perhaps be the most difficult hunting in theHunter so far. They are wary and quiet animals who blend in well in their native Alpine environment. The Alpine Ibex do not call like other species in the game, for this reason there are no callers available, which makes it one of the species that require pure “spot and stalk” style of hunting. It is possible to get audio clues from the Ibex but these are sparse (and are never calls). To make things even more complicated, the Alpine Ibex are skilful climbers. They can climb almost vertical cliff faces with ease, so going after them will require a great deal of knowledge of the area: some steep surfaces may be possible for you to climb, others will lead to a quick drop down to harm. Wise hunters always bring a first aid kit along when hunting Ibex in Val-des-Bois. It will be tempting to fire at an Alpine Ibex high up on a mountain wall but it may have unfortunate consequences: there is a risk that the animal will get stuck where you can not reach it to harvest. When hunting Alpine Ibex, there should be a lot of planning going into every shot to avoid losing that great trophy. After all, that is what makes hunting Alpine Ibex worth it: those magnificent horns!

Re-watch the live streams

Many of you have already seen some bits of Val-des-Bois and Ibex hunting during our pre-release livestreams on Monday. Despite some technical problems on our side which caused the delay of the English live stream and for which we apologize, it became a fantastic community event. As many as 3 000 unique viewers, with 650 people simultaneously at the peak time, watched the English live stream! Huge thanks to everyone who helped to organize this event, participated in the chat with their questions and simply watched. For those you who missed it or just want to re-watch it at your own pace, here are the links to the replays in all languages the live stream was offered in:

English
German
French
Brazilian Portuguese
Italian

Personal Bests are back & New languages added

And the last two pieces of news from us for now: today we're finally bringing back the missed by many Personal Bests feature, which received a complete overhaul. Plus we've just added two new languages - Romanian and Hungarian, which means that now theHunter can be played in 19 different languages. Thanks to our awesome translators for their extraordinary job, there is more to come!

Ok, we won't be holding you any longer, Val-des-Bois is calling! ;)

Happy hunting!

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September 22

Exclusive pre-release livestreams - New reserve Val-des-Bois

Join us tonight for the exclusive community live streams on the yet unreleased reserve Val-des-Bois!

Livestream times for different languages

ENGLISH: 18:00 CEST
Watch it on this channel
Streamed by Pratze, joined by TOD1D and caledonianblues

GERMAN: 21:00 CEST
Watch it on this channel
Streamed by Pratze, joined by HooCairs and Killertut

FRENCH: 21:00 CEST
Watch it on this channel
Streamed by Aruvyel, joined by Vinivici

BRAZILIAN PORTUGUESE (will be available as a pre-recorded video): 21:00 CEST
Watch it on this channel
Made by XandyBecas

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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 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

    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: 7 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
Helpful customer reviews
2,583 of 2,942 people (88%) found this review helpful
134.0 hrs on record
Hello everybody,

I play this game since nearly the beginning, have seen the initial developer go bankrupt and the new developer take over. I have seen month with nothing happening in terms of developments and I have seen the last few month after multiplayer was released with new stuff released every few weeks.

If you love hunting simulations, theHunter for sure is the game you want. It's way more realistic then Cabela's games, it has pretty nice graphics and huge different hunting locations with many, many animals to hunt. Every species feels special and there has not been a really good hunting simulation since Deer Hunter 2005.

- Pricing -
The downside: You need to invest a whole lot of money. To really enjoy the game you need a membership for about 5$ a month. No membership and you can only hunt very few species, need to buy ammo for all but the default rifle and can't create multiplayer games. Sure you can stick with some basic guns, but to take part in competitions and finish missions you need a whole lot of different guns. Each between 3 and 5$. Not to forget, there are tree stands, ground blinds and tents you would like to use sooner or later because there are very few fixed hunting towers on the maps and... yes, each of these items is another 4,50$ from your wallet.

Just a few numbers for you:
All weapons with scopes (not caluclation different skins or "premium" skins)
more then 150$

All callers (no decoys, no consumables like scents):
about 20$

Decoys for one full area for each species:
about 30$

Clothing depends on what you want, so I don't add a number to this, but each clothing set is about 5$... and you guess it: Some work better in different areas or against different species.

Stands and tents... lets say two of each for each reserve, you place them permanently, you don't want to pick them up after each hunt, so you can't really use the same two everywhere.
more then 200$

Sure, you are free to choose if you want this items, but to get everything out of the game you want this stuff. And more, every few weeks there is a new weapon, new cool cloth and your membership runs out every now and then.

- Earn ingame money -
There are ways to earn ingame money: Win competitions, but without spending money you can only take part in very few competitions and so the chance is low (and the prize money gets you nowhere). They developers also have partnered with third-party pages who offer you some money for playing other online games, taking part in surveys or downloading and using different applications. The results are spam on your email address, malware and a lot of these offers simply don't reward you.

There is a different ingame currency you earn completing missions, but you can only use this "money" on consumables and you need a good bunch of weapons to finish most missions, so again: No way without spending money. There is no way to grind the gear inside the game.

Without spending money you stick with the .243 for the free Mule Deer and you can unlock the Single Shot Shotgun to hunt Cottontail Rabbits, but you need to buy the ammo for it. That works with earned money for some time, but sooner or later you will run out of missions to do without buying weapons or a membership for real money.

- Bugs -
The game is full of bugs. I personally can't say there are gamebreakers, but animals getting stuck in trees, climbing trees, nearly all weapons stuck into your arm and broken reloading animations and other smaller and bigger bugs are around since a long time and often they return after a few patches. Gamebreaking bugs get fixed pretty fast but smaller bugs are often not relevant enough (and the fixes can't be sold like ne weapons or cloth) so we will for sure see this bugs for some more time.

- Community -
Just have to add it now, after multiple insults from fanboys. This game has a small die hard community that are happy to have this game, due it's the only one of it's kind. This makes them accept and defend every action the developers take. Since this review I often got friend requests from some of these guys that have nothing better to do then to tell me I'm a hypocrit to play this game a lot and not remommending it in my review. That's what you get from the community if you are not a 100% fan and don't think it's okay to pay a small fortune for this game.

- Conclusion -
As said, I'm into this game since years, I love it and I will keep playing it, but since about a year this game is all about money and everything ingame is pretty expensive.
Like with this the pre-release review postet on Steam, my personal experience showed me, that the developers break promises and contracts, lie in some cases, solve things always to their best and only communicate public what makes them look good.

- Tipp for beginners -
If you enjoyed the small free part, go to bit.ly/1oEMUr0 or google for "theHunter 2014 box" and purchase a key from the boxed edition of the game. For about 17 € you get 6 month membership (hunt all species, get free ammo for all guns) some starter weapons that allow you to hunt all species ethically and some additional gear. It's the best deal you can currently get as a beginner. This box is also available at Amazon and some other retailers if you want the box itself.
Posted: June 2
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1,606 of 1,889 people (85%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
How dare anyone call this product Free To Play [F2P]? The free content in the game is limited to one kind of animal, one map and default equipment. It is worse than a demo, or even a trial. Everything in this game is available after paying, constantly paying. Forget about "I paid once, I will have it all forever". Pay and play, pay and play.
Posted: June 3
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981 of 1,217 people (81%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
There's Free to play and then there's "Free to Play". If you want to play this with a friend (multiplayer) you'll need to buy a 3, 6 or 12 month membership. Price? 15 bucks for 3 month. 15 bucks that do not include any other items, just to be able to play online, with a friend. For 3 month. Obviously not recommended.
Posted: June 3
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710 of 912 people (78%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
I really had some good few hours. This was the first time I played a hunting game and I really expected nothing from it.
But I was surprised how how good the game was from its technical view. It's not the best looking game but the flora and fauna really got some love and detail, the sound is awesome and the lighting and sun effects are also really nice.
Really felt like being in the woods.
Now here's the negative trait. This game's free2play model is nowhere near anything you might consider as free to play and fair. Everything costs a lot of money and either you join the membership or you have a walking simulator (you're only allowed to hunt rabbits and mule deers).
It's more like a demo when you don't plan to invest money. The game even calls you a guest. And oh boy, the pricing is insane.
Probably a good hunting game, but I can't recommend it. It's a shame cause it was really an atmospheric experience for me.
That said I think if you are a really passionate hunter in real life you would probably gladly spend money on this one and you would probably go nuts about all people who complain abouth the subscription model.
Posted: June 2
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653 of 871 people (75%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Dont mind to spent a few bucks now and then on a F2P game for convenience. But this on is just a demo of the full game if you dont spent money. Not at all a free game but fun to try it as a demo version. still a thumbs down for calling this a F2P and implementing a freakishly expensive System, with monthly fee AND having to pay for weapons that are needed to play. Really cant recommon this game with other alternatives out there to try.
Posted: June 2
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