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 (10,077 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 3, 2014

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"This game is for these who love to hunt animals, kinda simulator game, its great that steam made it for free. You can play for fun with friends."
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January 29

Status Update 29th January 2015

Hi there and welcome to our weekly status update hunters!

We’re starting with a cool piece of news…

Something non-typical has been spotted in Rougarou Bayou

Last week we mentioned that Peter had been working on a long-time community request and now we are ready to tell you what it is – the creme de la creme of antlers. Non-typical antlers! They are already made and released for Whitetail Deer, and if we see an interest, more might follow. Here’s a tidbit from Peter who has mostly been behind this beauty:

Non-Typical Antlers

This is a feature that has been on the wishlist for a looong time now! Perhaps it’s something that will also be more appreciated by our long-time players and more experienced irl hunters. The antler system is one of the most complicated features in theHunter, and also one that pretty much every player has strong opinions about. And perhaps rightly so, as the antlers is a part of the very heart of the game. 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. Future additions to the range of non-typical antlers should not be as complicated and time consuming to add and modify as the typical antlers. Non-typical antlers in theHunter will not be as common as the typical ones (as they are not in reality). But they will not be nearly as rare as some of our albino and melanistic animal variations. All players should have a chance to enjoy an occasional non-typical trophy!

To begin with, we have added non-typical antlers to the Whitetail Deer, and if things go as planned and this feature turns out to be appreciated we definitely intend to add more of them for other species like the Mule Deer and Blacktail, and quite possibly to any other animal for whom it makes sense. Like in real life hunting, the non-typical antlers will feature separate leaderboards, to avoid making a mess of your record trophies, and they utilize realistic scoring (Boone & Crockett), like the rest of them.

Go find some non-typical Whitetails and share your trophy shots and screenshots in this thread.

Apart from non-typical antlers, today we released a pack of 10 new missions featuring the latest addition to EHR – European Rabbit. Have fun with those!

Say hello to Pranav

Today we’re also introducing a new member of our team – Pranav, who has recently joined our client programmer squad.

Hi everyone!

I’m Pranav Tekchand and am excited to be part of the Expansive Worlds team. I’m a developer from India and have been working in the games industry there since I graduated eight years ago. I got into simple programming as a preteen when I scored an obsolete computer (a TRS-80 at a time when 286 PCs were new) at a repair shop that didn’t know what to do with it. On my next “non-obsolete” (386) machine I played a lot of games and soon got to a point where I started wondering how interesting it would be to make them. Getting internet access and seeing the first 3D games really got me focused as I got access to resources about programming games and graphics. I enjoy solving puzzles, coming up with solutions and relish the enjoyment people feel by games or tools I’ve helped with.

Before moving to Sweden, I lived in the beach town of Goa and used to swim many laps in my free time. I enjoy the outdoors and sports, and was on New Delhi’s state basketball team while in high school. These days I go rock climbing with many of my friends at Expansive Worlds and Avalanche Studios.

I look forward to have a part in many moments that’ll fill you with joy while playing our games!

Happy hunting!

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January 22

Status Update 22nd January 2015

Howdy hunters,

It’s Thursday here and it’s time for another status update from the EW team.

The main news today is the release of the 21st animal of the EHR and the 6th resident of Val-des-Bois –

Mr. European Rabbit!

As we mentioned in the last status update, it’s a variation of our existing species, Cottontail Rabbit, and it’s free to hunt for all guests as well. Apart from new looks, it also got unique gameplay. Here is some information from our game designer Björn which should help you when hunting this coy cute little critter.

Burrow Gameplay

The European Rabbit shares many traits with its North American cousin but there is one major difference – Burrows. When a Cottontail spooks it tries to find thick vegetation to hide in but the European Rabbit has taken it a step further by digging elaborate burrow systems to which it can retreat when threatened.

In theHunter European Rabbits live in colonies tied to burrow systems, randomly generated throughout the fields of Val-des-Bois. It’s rare that a group of rabbits strays farther than 100 meters away from their burrows, which makes them easier to locate than other animals. The problem is though, that when spooked they retreat into a nearby hole and thus become unreachable by would-be hunters. But fear not, our rabbits have a notoriously short memory and they’ll eventually surface from a randomly selected hole in the burrow system. Patience and massive amounts of airborne pellets are the king when hunting… The Wabbit!

By tradition, with the release of the European Rabbit we also throw in a new weapon – the slick and beautiful 20 GA Semi-Automatic Shotgun “Carbon” and a special competition in which you’ll get to shoot them bunnies. Regular missions and competitions for the European Rabbit are already in the works too.

Apart from the European Rabbit, the backend and client programming teams have been working on bug fixes (check out the full list of them in today’s game update). The new reserve is slowly taking its shape and awesomeness in the crafty hands of our artists Tomas, Sandra, Oscar and the game designer Daniel. Peter has started working on another long time community request which we’ll hopefully be able to tell you more about soonish.

And last but not least, today and tomorrow we’re running a special campaign – you can get a Deployable Hunting Tower when buying a 3-month membership or a Wayfarer bundle.

That’s it from us for today, now go let yourself loose on those wabbits!

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
1,696 of 1,825 people (93%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
73.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 21, 2014
A disgustingly bad business model on an otherwise fantastic game..

It's such a shame when you come across a fantastic game that's ruined by one of the worst payment models in any game you've ever seen. TheHunter is one of those games. What can you do for free, you ask? Well, you can hunt Mule Deer. That's it. That's all you can do. Shoot Mule Deer with one gun, one type of ammo. The default stuff you start with is all you get. It says you can also hunt Cottontail Rabbits, ah but the catch is you need to buy the correct gun to use in order to be allowed to hunt it. So, Rabbits aren't even free either.

Can you earn enough to eventually buy another gun? Only one other gun is available for purchase using the game's earned currency (called gm$). Every other gun must be bought using real world money (called em$). And that's not all.

Want the privilege to be able to hunt something else? You need to buy licenses. Doesn't sound so bad, does it? Well, they come in 1 day, 7 day, and 28 day variants. Yup, that's right. They expire. So you have to buy them multiple times to continue hunting what you want. Buy a 1 day license but then get called in to work? Congrats! You've just wasted your money! You CAN buy these with gm$, but the costs are so high that you'll be farming Mule Deer for weeks in order to finally be able to experience something else.

Oh but hold on. It's not like each kill you make earns you gm$. Hah! You wish! Nope. The only way to earn gm$ is to complete "missions" which range from tracking certain animals, spotting certain animals, and harvesting certain animals, among other similar tasks. Doesn't sound so bad, does it? Well, they typically reward only 100 gm$ for each mission, and your shotgun costs 6300 gm$, a typical 1 day license costs anywhere between 1800 - 2400 gm$. For ONE DAY, for ONE SPECIE. Let that sink in.

Would I recommend this game? Based on its business model at the time of writing? NO WAY. Stay FAR away from this cash-grab game, unless you enjoy having them grab at your pockets the moment you try their game.

Also, NEVER EVER EVER DO ANY OF THE 3RD PARTY STUFF THEY ASK YOU TO DO. You can do things like surveys, downloads, watch videos, etc. to earn some em$ (that's right, paid currency). But most of these third party "offers" infect your computer with all sorts of malware, and most of them don't end up forking over the em$ at the end. You'll be turned away from most surveys because you "aren't the target consumer". For instance, when I answered that I was a white male on a survey, I was immediately declined and turned away, reward not given.

If the payment model is improved? I would recommend this game in a heartbeat. It's fun to play, all the shady practices considered. I just wish they had gone about their payment model better than this garbage. Oh well, someone else will come along and do it right eventually.
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740 of 810 people (91%) found this review helpful
13 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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1,706 of 1,930 people (88%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
You have to pay to click on a bird with your gun.
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1,720 of 1,983 people (87%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
It costs nothing to download, but I feel entitled to a refund.

First of all, there was no tutorial for this. I was just thrown in, and expected to know how to hunt. I wandered aimlessly for a while, until I found some tracks. I followed them, and found some more tracks and some scat. There was so much scat, that I began to wonder if this animal was sick. I followed the trail for about one in game hour unril I saw it: a whitetail deer. Living in an area with a lot of rednecks, I was excited. Apparently deer are something you should want to hunt. I readied my rifle, and clicked the fire button. Nothing. Was the left mouse button not the fire button? The right mouse button readied the gun, so I figured the left would fire. Then a message popped up: "You don't have the required license to hunt whitetail deer". What? I just spent almost forty real minutes tracking this thing down, only to not be allowed to shoot it. This is a video game! I shouldn't need to buy licenses to hunt animals! And, since this was my first time playing, wouldn't it be nice to give me some licenses for free, so I can get a feel for the game before investing money in it (it's free to play, so I shouldn't have to pay to play it)! I quit the game, went to the store, and looked up how much licenses cost, only to see something that really pissed me off. The licenses are temporary! Are you ♥♥♥♥ing ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ me!?

If you don't buy the licenses, this is just "Hiking Simulator". I live in an area full of hiking trails. I can literally drive five minutes, and find a hiking trail. I do not have a gun, hunting equipment, or hunting licenses. I played this so I could hunt. After playing this, I might as well just get all of those things, because it would be something I could make memories out of, actually go outside, and do with my friends.

Valve, I am begging you, set standards for what can and cannot be free to play. I am asking that either this game be removed from Steam, or you make the developers add free content. I am not going to pay to play a game that is listed as "free to play". I will pay for extras, but only if the game is good.

EDIT: Okay, so apparently I didn't notice that there is a tutorial. You people can stop commenting on it.

Some people are saying "well, it's a simulator". Simulators don't have to be one hundred percent realistic. The buying lisences part did not have to be in it, and made the "realism" (it's just a excuse to have microtransactions) too much.
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3,811 of 4,459 people (85%) found this review helpful
120 people found this review funny
39.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 8, 2014
Day 1 of the hunt: I left my log cabin with a sniper rifle and 10 bullets. I tracked a deer for 372 miles, and yet I can not find him

Day 2 of the hunt: I saw the deer. I named him Willy. I can never seem to get a good aim at Willy because he never stops moving. Ever.

Day 3 of the hunt: I have been tracking willy for over 900 miles now, and yet he shows no faults in his actions.


Day 44359803849539583290485039285039458309512903125102 of the hunt: FINALLY. I AM RIGHT BEHIND WILLY, MY SCOPE POINTED AT THE BACK OF HIS HEAD. THIS WILL END NOW. AS I BEGIN TO PULL THE TRIGGER stop, you have attempted to kill a white tailed deer. you do not have a licencse to hunt this animal. you are not permited to kill it.

Day 928488349894823942903509825092840958092834095725928509280928359823095823095820985092850948235947360720967357637563908650927609576872094976072906730976093760972697096702976027602967934709376093760 of the hunt: I am alone in my cabin. I now know the truth. Willy will never die. Willy cannot die. And untill Willy dies, I cannot die.

Day 27598275981982748237412748127489123749812734982734982153451265819658736458713658197456983756948756187456978345671836578146871345691347519378456783651987568745198756198576187345697834651785678916947856178569178651378561987651987561983756934857618379456837456917384567834561837456378643786153785693638475671935 of the hunt: Willy taunts me. He danses around my cabin. No matter how hard I try I cannot kill Willy. This is it. This is my hell. This is: The Hunter
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1,037 of 1,184 people (88%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2014
"You Need Membership To Review"
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767 of 869 people (88%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 28, 2014
To get any weapons and to be with any chance of actually finding something that can be killed you must pay a small subscription fee of £15.99 a year. After hours of searching I finally found a rabbit. I tried to shoot it in the head only to be told that I am not permitted to kill it. I moved on and found a small bird. I tried to shoot it. The game crashed. 10/10
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683 of 793 people (86%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
I had a big long review written out but I quickly realized it's all the same ♥♥♥♥ that's been said in all these reviews. ♥♥♥♥ this game. ♥♥♥♥ this company.
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555 of 653 people (85%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 27, 2014
Just like real life you need to spend real money to get a gun.
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424 of 496 people (85%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2014
It's a pay to win game, you have to pay real money to buy almost anything except from licenses. 3/10
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558 of 666 people (84%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
Whats the point of making a game free to play if players are not allowed to enjoy full content.
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401 of 471 people (85%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 29, 2014
110% pay to win.
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325 of 377 people (86%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 14, 2014
I have no idea if the game is even decent or not because I spent 20 min downloading it through steam just for it to bring up a window to go to the website where i would then create an account, select avatars and usernames, download the launcher, update the launcher, and spend another 20 min downloading the game AGAIN; And to my avail i cant play with my friends on multiplayer without buying a 3, 6, or 12 month membership. Immediate unistall.
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430 of 514 people (84%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 29, 2014
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340 of 401 people (85%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
It may be free to play but you have to pay for a subsciption (example: xbox live) to be permitted to hunt certain wildlife, tags for said wildlife can purchased with in game money and real money but it's expensive(small amount of tags for 12$-20$) and certain wildlife can only be killed by permitted weapons (example: rabbits may only be killed by a .22, shotgun, or bow) . Weapons and equipment can bought as well but the points to buy the items can only be bought with money in real life making it more difficult for the player to enjoy the game, if there was starter items such as tags for animals or in game money i would recomend it to friends.

4/10: score will change if listed above have been altered or more store options have been added
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262 of 308 people (85%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 28, 2014
This game is perfect for the adventurous gamer who enjoys spending real money on memberships, buying virtual items and buying the privilege of clicking on things that look different from other things. It comes with a decent selection of weapons - all you have to do is buy some ingame cash with your actual cash. Is a bear threatening your backside? No problem - just buy the bear hunting licence for a few dollars and he'll be toast. Wanna play with friends? That's great - slap some more dollars their way and you're good. As a free-to-play character you get one rifle and you get to hunt a whole two animal types.

The visuals are fantastic for the year 2004 - I especially enjoyed having the animal I was watching at one point twist its head around and give me the bedroom eyes from behind before it vanished into the ether. Then my buddy sank into the river, where his eyes separated from the rest of his head.

The F2P experience is, in short, a complete waste of time.
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213 of 252 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 28, 2014
Spent 20 minutes wandering the wilderness, which to be fair is quite immersive and beautiful, and finally found a deer. I laid down, aimed my shot, and took the shot. Except instead of firing I was told for the first time that I needed a hunting license for that specific animal and that I had to get one before I could hunt that deer.
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235 of 284 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
This game looks like it has potential and is fun. However the 'Free-To-Play' label is misleading. After downloading the 2GB game I looked forward to shoot some helpless animals but, as soon-as I loading in the open world I had no idea what to do or get started. No controls or help menu was available in-game, so I had to resort to an online video on the internet.

After getting used to the main controls I ventured out to hunt… I found a trail of a Blacktail deer and ID’d it with my gadget. A pop-up appeared saying I need a licence or a membership to hunt this animal. I then looked up to see what I could kill. Apparently there are only 2 animals you can hunt and 1 weapon you can use in this F2P game.

I now know this Free-to-play is actuallya Fee To Play and Pay-To-Win game, with micro transactions, donations and memberships everywhere.

Sorry, but I looked forward to play this game and not Pay-To-Win… It has really good graphics quality though.

Rating: 2/10
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189 of 228 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
22.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
First of all - This title is fake!!!
Is not Free to Play.

If you are looking for a free to play hunting title i have to start this review with some bad news: this game is not free to play by most interpretations of the term "Free to play". As a limited member you can do the following:

You can enter all the reserves and wander around.
You receive one basic rifle, a scope and unlimited ammunition refills for that rifle. You will also receive a deer caller.
You can only hunt Cottontail rabbits and Mule Deers.
Hunting all other animals is prohibited!!. You can see them, but shooting them is not possible.
To shoot them you need to buy a license with real money
Unlike other free to play games you can make points to unlock new content like weapons and other stuff. You are stuck with what you have and that is it.
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230 of 294 people (78%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
Even DayZ hunting system is a lot better, and you don't need to pay money for weapons.
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