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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Release Date: Jun 3, 2014

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October 19

Status Update 19th October 2016

Howdy hunters,

The wait is over, the 11th of the Evergreen Hunting Reserves, Timbergold Trails, inspired by the stunning Rocky Mountains, is here and should be downloading onto your PC as we speak.

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A couple of quick points before you delve into this glorious fall environment.

  • There are five species currently residing in Timbergold Trails – Mule Deer, Grizzly Bear, White-tailed Ptarmigan, Bighorn Sheep and Rocky Mountain Elk. All five species will be on free species rotation until next Thursday, October 27th.
  • There are a currently some known issues with the reserve (you can find the detailed list in “In Progress” part of the Game Update). We will continue working on those as well as polishing and tweaking the reserve, we are planning to release a patch as soon as possible. So, if you encounter any rough edges, please don’t sweat it, just report them in the forum and we will jump on them!
  • We are running a promotion campaign until Monday, October 24th, during which time you will get Deployable Hunting Towers when buying 2000, 3000 and 5000 em$ – 1, 2 and 3 towers respectively. Hopefully they will come in handy in the vast wilderness of Timbergold Trails!
  • In the bundle section of the store you can find a special Timbergold Trails Release bundle with weapons, clothes and equipment, at 70% off!
Happy hunting in Timbergold Trails!

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October 19

Game Update 19th October 2016


  • New reserve – Timbergold Trails
  • New species – Grizzly Bear, Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Elk, White-tailed Ptarmigan
Bug fixes
  • Fix for a not-so-frequent crash of player animation
  • Fix for the crash related to Ptarmigan in multiplayer
  • Minor performance improvement on all the reserves
  • Fix for the bug in the third tutorial with missing audio clue
  • Fix for the group ID tracking issue
  • Fix for the multiplayer bug with animal not being dead for all the players
  • Fix for the wrong animal hits reaction animation
In progress:
  • Possible pink texture error and crashes near the reserve borders
  • Bighorn sheep can have odd animations on some steep mountains
  • Some tree can have too big collisions
  • Missing collision on some lodge’s tables
  • Animal can have issue when fleeing into dense vegetation
  • Localization update

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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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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
429.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
There are so many negative comments on this game because 'expensive worlds' want you to pay a lot of REAL money for weapons and equipment to play smoothly and comfortably. This is most annoing problem with 'expensive worlds' game. It is far too expensive compared to even better stand alone titles. You quickly find yourself spending over hundred dollars per year, while you can buy good new title for 30$ !!! check prices of equipment for only OnE GOOSE !!! - you can buy separate game for that money!! paying for ammunition for weapon you bought without membership??? are you kiddin??? they are just greedy thats why there is so many negative comments. like mine;) I'm not so stupid to pay them anymore, They won't see any of my money till they won't change their policy and prices. I prefer to invest in Far Cry Primal for example. Much better investment of Your time ad money. TheHunter community? mostly bunch of paid funboys, sorry to say that. Good bye Hunter
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17 of 23 people (74%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
63.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
ONe of the best huntin games out there, i have plenty of hours of just me and a friend or two goin around and hunting elk, moose, ducks, and just whitetail.... you do have to pay to hunt ALL the animals, but there are free ones, it changes all the time, used to be Mule deer, then went to whitetail, no clue what's free now, but. it's worth the time and even 10 usd to play fully
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17 of 24 people (71%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
541.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
Awsome game. They are working on the free to play features with the new free rotation so you get 5 species over one like the old version and it rotates so you can hunt new stuff every week. Tons of rifles, bows, handguns, sents, lures, ect. So you always have something to play with. There is like a 5$ average on new weapons but I think thats fair just wait for sales and get bundles. They got to make money on a free game somehow. There is aton of reserves and the upcomeing Rockies reserve comeing out which I can't wait for. Also you can have 8 people on a reserve at a time which is awsome to host little compititions and stuff. The grahics are not bad when you crank them up all the way. Try it out see for yourself.
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44 of 76 people (58%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
53.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
Okay, where do I start with this?? I am going to start out saying that this will be my first lengthy review about any game in my Library. Why?? Because I feel like this game is NOT getting fair feedback looking at the overall reviews. Even when you read the Posotive Reviews of this game, NO ONE sheds light into what this game is AND why they rated it a Positive. And I hope that this review will ease your mind into actually giving this game a try, and finding out for yourself that the reviews either consist of .....

1. People who does not have a job as of yet, want to play the best hunting game around, but can not afford this.
2. Trolls just hating on the game because of the Free to Play aspect of this game and NOT the overall game itself
3. People that has a COMPLETE wrong mindset of the Pay to Play factor and NEVER even tried to pay to play the game

and that I will go into bigger detail about those factors and why the review score is Mostly Negative because of those 3 points. In the process, I will also clarify a few things for anyone reading this review, and I hope you stick around to read it all. I promise it will be worth while, and that it will change your mind towards things to actually give this game a shot. Because, I was just like you (The Reader) at the start of it all, and also just like you (The Reader) my reaction to this game, the reviews and the Pay to Play factor just drove me away from this game COMPLETELY. When in the end, all that was needed to enjoy this game to full, was $49.99. How is that for Pay to Play??

Okay, now for the actuall review.

I will go as far as to say that this is the best hunting sim I have ever played, even though I was sceptical at the start because of the whole Pay to Play aspect of the game. At the time I HATED this game because it was Free to Play, but I cant even shoot anything in the game, because everytime I want to shoot, it tells me I need a license for this and license for that. I just got mad, and at the moment I felt like this game is the biggest pile of crap I have EVER played. Who even plays a crap game like this AND pours money into it?? What is this, another World of Warcraft??

Till one day, I just felt like wasting money, and decided to waste money onto this game, because why not?? I went to the store page of this game's Launcher, and I went to purchase a Membership. Looking at the options I had, I decided to go with the Trailrunner Subscription ($49.99), which gives me a 12 month (Year) Membership to shoot what I want, where I want AND to ease me into the game, I got 9 extra Weapons to start off my game AND 35 other items to accompany me. Ranging from scopes for my 9 Weapons, Cammo, Lures, Backpack and much more usefull items.

Eager to start out the game AND still keeping in mind that there is still MUCH MORE to purchase in the game store than what I got with my Subscription, I started a new game, and made due with what I had for the time being. The game started up and the hunt was on. With my lure at hand and my trusty .300 (Gotten from Trailrunner Subscription) I was determine to shoot some Deer.

I set out with my trusty HunterMate, and I started learning the game and what goes for what. My first encounter was a Turkey. I went to the location of the Turkey call, and saw the tracks. My HunterMate told me in which direction the Turkey has fled, and I just follow along the path. The path led me through the Forest and Swampland areas, and I was soon greated with a Deer Grunt Call in the distance. It was at that moment I paused in my tracks. I took a crouching position, I got my Lure ready, and I called the Deer in. Sitting in the bush, looking left and right past the trees, through the bushes I am trying to find the Deer AND be as quite and low profile as I can get .... at the same time worrying about a stupid Turkey ....

I saw the Deer peeking he's head over the scrubs infront of me, I bring up my .300 to scope .... I line up my shot and I just let it go. The Deer fell on the spot and I jumped with joy. I went to collect the Deer and I was happy with what I got. I went back to the tracks of the Turkey, and continued my journey.

Its been a year later, and what was once a piece of crap game to waste money on, is now the best game I ever wasted money on. Funny how that works right?? Its also been a year later, and I only spend $49.99 on this game since then. Yes, you read that right. After one whole year, the Trailrunner Subscription for $49.99 was AND is all you need to enjoy this game to the fullest. I now renewed my Subscription for another year which is now $34.99. I used the other $15 and I bought myself more Lures to use on for the other animals, and I still only use my weapons and equipment I got from my Trailrunner pack. NEVER bought anything extra than what I got for spending $49.99 on this game.

If you have sticked with me up until now in my review, I am sure you are now more convinced to actually try this game out INSTEAD of just looking at the Pay to Play factor and relying on the Review System of Steam.

In general, all you EVER need to play this game is the Trailrunner Subscription. NOTHING more and NOTHING less. The other items you can purchase is just for better convinience and a better overall gameplay to make your life easier. In truth, the Weapons and Items you get in the Trailrunner Subsciption is MORE than enough to play this game to fullest of experience.


1. Great Gameplay
2. Great Hunting Sim
3. A lot of Game Reserves to choose from
4. Each Game Reserve has its own Game and Hunting tactics to adapt
5. Overall very good hunting experience
6. New Game Reserves was added (with Game) and is still being added (with Game)
7. The game offers a level up system for each Weapon and Animal the more you use your Weapon and Track an Animal
8. The game offers multiplayer where you can hunt with your friends


1. Game engine is a bit out dated
2. Devs does not seem to listen to its already small community to improve on overall user experience
3. The controlls are kind of clunky and stiff, but you get use to it

Putting it all together to sum it up. Purchase the Trailrunner Subscription ($49.99) and try this game out for yourself. Do NOT purchase the other subscriptions as you will not enjoy the game to the fullest, and they dont offer you as much gain as the Trailrunner Subscription does. Thats all you will EVER spend on this game in your life, and as you play the game, you will soon relise that you gave the game a unnecessary hard time BECAUSE of the overall Steam Review AND the fact that it is Pay to Play.

Thank you for sticking with me the whole time through my review, if I helped you out, dont forget to click "YES" on "Was this review helpfull". And put your own positive review on this page.
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12 of 19 people (63%) found this review helpful
40.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
I absouloutly love this game,however you do need to be very patient and you may need to put some money into this game.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
29.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
This game is nice to play if you have a lot of patience. It offers some tools and objectives for free, but there are still some parts that can be purchased to increase your input. There was a good focus on the aspects of hunting.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
There seem to be a lot of negative reviews related to this games free to play model. Most people seem to label it as pay to play, which is and isn't true. To get full use fo the game at all times you do have to have a subscription membership, however, there are several animals you can hunt at all time regardless of the subscription and there are rotating weekly animals that you also gain access to. Again, to get the full experience you will need to spend some real money, but if you're just looking for a well built hunting sim to spend a couple hours a week hunting Whitetails you don't need to spend a penny and thats definitely a win in my books. I will list the subscription options below:

Duration Cost
3 months 9.99 USD
6 months 18.99 USD
12 months 34.99 USD

So for only $35 you get a full year of full access. They also offer starter bundles. For $50 you get a 12 month membership and all that entitles you to, as well as 9 weapons and 35 items. These are permanant unlocks and will remain available even if your subscription expires.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
143.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
this is a awesome realalistic simulator i would try it out if i where you
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
57.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
This game is the most realistic hunting sim out there, beautiful graphics and animal models and behaiviour, awesome sounds and environmental effects, i played it long before it came to steam. yes i would have preffered to buy the game instead of paying monthly fees, but even in its free version, with the newly added animal rotation, i find it truly relaxing to just roam the maps and listen to the chirps of birds. i also recommend getting one of the starter packs, because then you can buy a powerful bolt action rifle that is suitable for more species than the standard one.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Expensive game, spent over 50$ on membership alone. Has surveys to unlock in game currency, though most are scams/viruses and the ones that arent usually dont give the reward for completion. All in all, if you want to spend over 100$ go for it. If not dont waste your time on the hunter until it is actually "free".
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0.2 hrs
Posted: October 26
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0.2 hrs
Posted: October 26
You cannot shoot other hunters that Ii know of.
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1.3 hrs
Posted: October 26
made me realize im fat and gay. i don't like that.
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204.7 hrs
Posted: October 26
I have a rule of thumb when it comes to paying for games. I'd like to get an hour of play for each dollar spent. That's not a lot of money for a decent amount of time. That being said, I have paid for 2 years worth of game time, and bought some additional gear, and I still have room to spare for my rule of thumb.

For those compaining about the money, and you intend on actualy playing the game, the money shouldn't be an issue. You pay money for a weapon, and you can use that weapon forever. after your premium runs out, you can still use that bow you bought, or the clothes your wearing, or the dog you bring with you out on hunts. Now, they're even rotating the free animals, so shoot away.

For those of you complaing about it being slow: well.....yes, it is. But honestly, if you went out hunting in real life, do you think you could go running around the woods an not have the prize elk run away from you? After 200 hours, I find myself roaming the map crouched the whole time, and not even thinking about how slow I'm going.

Bottom line is this:
If your looking for a casual, relaxing experience, THAT YOU PLAN ON STAYING WITH, spend the money, and you won't regret it. If it's not something you think you'll play that much, don't. Just remember my rule of thumb, and you can't go wrong,

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8.4 hrs
Posted: October 26
-The Worlds Most Realistic Hunting Game

-Also realistic in terms of money. :(
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Pixel Kraut
0.8 hrs
Posted: October 26
This was one of the very first games I downloaded when I got Steam. And I can certainly say my computer has not worked right since I downloaded this game. So its a no from me.
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1.1 hrs
Posted: October 26
most realistic my ♥♥♥! I don't have to pay to shoot a deer while aiming at him!
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7.9 hrs
Posted: October 26
I tryed the 3 day trial and quit on the second day, the game is very fun but when you need to buy clothing guns etc, they charge you Ems$ i thought doing the missions would give you ems but it gives you this gms or whatever and you can't get anything with it. also there is a gun that is 600 Ems you have to buy that and you can buy 500 ems for 5 dollars in real life money and some things go for 10 dollars for just a handgun.All and all dont even waste your time with this rip off of a game when you can hunt in real life without microtransactions annoying you. It would be alot better if this game was like 30 dollars or 20 dollars to buy it and pay once and just earn Ems from missions.
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2.7 hrs
Posted: October 26
Thumbs up in the butt. Unfortunately, you need a license to do that.
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=SEALZ= DirtyHenry™
31.4 hrs
Posted: October 26
a beautiful game, with good challanges that are to master, I give the landscape 9/10 points sometimes there are edges but only if you are searching for them as i did before i give a review, For the hunting a 10/10 because each hunt is never the same. would love to see some changes on the licenze system , but after all the game ist GREAT
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