The most realistic hunting experience awaits. Explore 11 reserves and hunt 39 unique species, ranging from waterfowl to big game. Over 80 weapons from state-of-the art rifles to bows. Customize your load-out with stands, blinds and dogs. Play alone or in multiplayer with up to 7 friends.
Recent Reviews:
Mixed (214) - 40% of the 214 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
All Reviews:
Mixed (25,597) - 42% of the 25,597 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Jun 3, 2014

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April 18

Status Update - 18th April 2018

Hello Hunters,

Oh boy, oh boy! I got the thumbs up today, we can preview the new animal tomorrow live on stream! I am so pumped and hyped for this release, and can’t wait to be able to show you them all tomorrow, more about it later in this Status Update.

Reverse Draw Crossbow - Forest Camo



Today we are releasing the ‘Forest Camo’ Reverse Draw Crossbow, it’s a ‘must have’, not only because of the extra immersion it adds, but because it is a very beautiful, sleek looking variation! Make sure you pick one up today https://www.thehunter.com/#store/item/416


New Species Revealed!



As I mentioned above, tomorrow we are going to be previewing the new species live on stream. This time the new species is going to be presented to you in a never before seen preview style, which uses our latest 3rd person camera. This’ll allow you to get up close and personal like never before! It is going to be super exciting and we can’t wait to show you this newest inhabitant of the EHR in all of its glory. Make sure you don’t miss out, tomorrow, 19/4,4pm CEST. Watch here www.twitch.com/expansiveworlds
Now is a good time to have a look back at the previous clues and then take a look at our newest clue, which is the original unedited version of the video you’ve seen previously.

The image below was your first clue:


The second clue was released as a short video last week which can be viewed on our YouTube account here

The third clue came last Status Update and was this sharpened up image from the video.



So here it is, the last clue before tomorrow’s stream! It is the original unedited video which should paint a clearer picture as to which reserve the new animal is going to be on, and it also should clear up the blurry ‘Crocodile’ image above ;) View the last clue here
Make sure to join in the discussion and head over to our forums, let us know what you think the new animal is!


What’s on the Lathe?

Because of the launch of the new species on the horizon, there is a lot to look forward to soon, however talking about them here would be a bit of a spoiler. I should be able share more with you in next week’s SU.

WRR Issues

We have some good news to share with you all, we have been able to reproduce a crash on WRR and now that we have a source to work with, the team is hard at work getting it fixed. Once we have it tested and are sure it is working we will deploy a patch. Thanks so much for everyone’s patience, help and understanding. After it is out, we look forward to hearing your feedback to ensure the issues have been resolved.

Rare and Trophy of the Week

This competition has become so popular that we have decided to make it a permanent feature and it’s here to stay for the foreseeable future!
So, if you have shot a rare or high scoring animal from this week and want a chance to win, then share them in the correct thread on our forum, don’t forget to mention the score!

This Week’s Winners



The ‘Trophy of the Week’ is this very nice Rocky Mountain Elk which was shot by DeerHooman. It has a great score of 416.373, congratulations! If you are unsure of what many consider a trophy Rocky Mountain Elk, it is anything over the 400 scoring mark and upwards.




And the ‘Rare of the Week’ goes to Pupic for this Piebald Roe, which scored 248.775 and qualifies for the super rare gallery of the wiki! . An amazing trophy, congratulations!

Free Rotation



This week's free rotation, which changes tomorrow, lets our guest hunters test their skills against Blacktail Deer and Brown Bear. Good luck and have fun!

Have a great week all,

TK
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April 11

Status Update - 11th April 2018

Hello Hunters!

It has been yet another fast week, and now that Wednesday is the new Status Update day, I think it goes by even faster! All my mates in New Zealand at the moment are shooting Red Deer in what we call ‘The Roar’. I have seen some absolute spine tingling videos over the last week, the patience shown in not shooting it on the spot. This should give everyone an idea of how many there are in New Zealand, check out the video


New ‘.45 Copper Bullet’



You guys spoke, we listened, and as promised here is the new .45 ammo for the Inline Muzzleloading Pistol. To celebrate the new ammo release, we have the .50 Inline Muzzleloading Pistol on sale until Monday, make sure you don’t miss out! The new ammo shares an identical ‘Permitted Species List’ as its older cousin the ‘.45 Saboted Bullet’. If you are interested in the exact list you can find it here: https://www.thehunter.com/#store/item/882 If you want to see how it performs, we will be testing it out live in tomorrow’s ‘Lock&Learn’ stream. Plus, rumor has it we will be hosting an open multiplayer game. Tune in 4pm CEST, tomorrow www.twitch.com/expansiveworlds





New Species

As I mentioned last week, we are not too far away now from releasing a new animal into the EHR. The image below was your first clue:



The second clue was released as a short video on Monday which can be viewed on our YouTube account here
There have been lots of good guesses coming in, and I think it is time for the third clue. Here is the original blurry Image taken from the video which was actually not the misleading clue ;)



Here it is sharpened up a little for you and is now the official 3rd Clue.




To join in the discussion head over to our forums and let us know what you think these clues are about!

What’s on the Lathe?

.17 HMR HV Ammo



The Art has been finished and we are currently ‘putting rounds down range’ to make sure we are happy with its performance. I am sure many will be looking forward to being able to squeeze a little more out of an already good gun.

WRR Issues

We are still working on last weeks little breakthrough. But we are still not sure if it is the cause yet, so we are still asking for your help, This thread here has been set up for all of your reports.
We need:
[list[[*]Where does it happen on the map
  • Is it single player, multiplayer or both?
  • Is there a specific thing you do when it happens? (Shooting an animal, harvesting, getting a call etc)
All information you think might help is appreciated and we would love you to post in the thread mentioned above. Thanks so much for your patience and understanding, we can understand it must be frustrating!

Rare and Trophy of the Week

This competition has become so popular that we have decided to make it a permanent feature and it’s here to stay for the foreseeable future!
So, if you have shot a rare or high scoring animal from this week and want a chance to win, then share them in the correct thread on our forum.

This Week’s Winners



The ‘Trophy of the Week’ is this very nice Bighorn Sheep which was shot by Lamphunter. It has a huge score of 189.053 congratulations! If you are unsure of what many consider a trophy Bighorn Sheep it is anything over the 180 scoring mark and upwards.



And the ‘Rare of the Week’ goes to Gonetae for this Leucistic Cottontail, which scored 20.277. A very sought after rare, congratulations!

Free Rotation




This week's free rotation, which changes tomorrow, lets our guest hunters test their skills against Roe Deer and Dall Sheep.Good luck and have fun!

Have a great week all!
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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 created is available now, for free! Experience the thrill of the hunt in vast, open-world environments ranging from the desolate Australian outback and overgrown swamps of Louisiana to the dramatic landscape of the Austrian Alps. As a hunter, you will use everything from crossbows to handguns and state of the art bolt action rifles to track, spot and harvest your prey. Realistic animal behaviors and persistent online features provide a living, open world where you can explore at your own pace or compete with other players for bragging rights.

Key Features

  • theHunter Classic was first released in 2009, and is still continuously updated with new weapons, species, environments, equipment and features. There’s a treasure trove of content for hunters to discover here, and more is still coming!
  • Hunt 44 lifelike species, all recreated in painstaking detail from looks to behaviours. Species include Bobcat, 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 and Northern Pintail. Just to name a few.
  • Explore 11 vast and endlessly varied environments with detailed graphics, complete with a full day cycle and immersive weather effects - from the sub-arctic Alaska to the swamps of Louisiana.
  • Form a hunting team and experience co-op multiplayer with up to 7 friends (or complete strangers).
  • Extensive online features. Increase your skills, increase your stats and get creative with Trophy Shots. Take part in competitions and climb the leaderboards or go on challenging missions to earn achievements.
  • Join the biggest and friendliest online hunting community. We are all about helping and sharing our achievements. Show off that incredible set of antlers, proudly mounted in your private Trophy Lodge, or check out other accomplished hunters’ hauls for inspiration. Having trouble tracking and harvesting that big one? Ask the community, many of whom are real-life hunters, and get a helping hand.

Progressing and Acquiring Items in the Game

In theHunter Classic, a generous amount of content is available for free. Right at the outset, 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 great equipment loadout is available at no cost. Additional items such as weapons, species, licenses and ammunition can be acquired with gm$, in-game currency that can be earned through playing the game, or em$, in-game currency that can be purchased for real-life money or earned through winning in-game competitions.

By hunting certain species and using certain items in the game, you are able to hone your skills and improve as a hunter. As these skills increase, more abilities unlock. With time and practice, you will be able to tell weight and gender from a simple animal track, and develop steadier aim for a range of weapons.

Achievements can be earned through diverse in-game activities. Each achievement adds to your HunterScore, which can be used to track and compare your progress with other hunters. Increasing your HunterScore also unlocks upgrade items such as pouches and holsters for your rifles.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • 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: 8 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows ® 10 64-bit
    • Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2600 CPU or HigherIntel(R) Core(TM) i7-2600 CPU @ 3.40GHz (8 CPUs), ~3.4GHz or Higher
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX760 or Higher
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 16 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
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