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 (372 reviews) - 49% of the 372 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Mostly Negative (19,812 reviews) - 39% of the 19,812 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 3, 2014

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August 25

Status Update 25th August 2016

Howdy hunters,

Time for our weekly status update! Have we got good news for you? Sure we have. So grab a cold one, sit back and indulge.

For one, after some additional tweaking and polishing we finally felt that our willow ptarmigans were ready to be released onto Hemmeldal, so we did so yesterday and a little bird told me they are tons of fun. For some willow ptarmigan action, make sure to pop by our official Twitch channel today at 16:00 CEST to catch the latest Lock&Learn 😉

Secondly, and it fills my heart with pure joy to tell you this, our brilliant character artist Ami and equally brilliant animator Morris have started working on upgrading our brown and black bears. Those poor guys have been admittedly our worst offenders among theHunter beasts when it comes to model and animations and the team are super thrilled to finally be able to give them some well-deserved love. I for one can’t wait to see the final result, having said that there is no ETA on when the upgraded bears will be released, so please bear with the existing ones for a bit longer 😉

A bit more on the things in progress. We are aware that the tracking is a bit broken right now and are working on it. Next week we are planning to present a delicious patch with fixes and of course some new stuff, so make sure to be there when we spill the beans.

The last animal for the Summer Fiesta competition is here and it’s a Blacktail Deer. Yes, we are that sneaky. So, if you’ve been mindful with your attempts, like we urged you to be, you can still turn things around in the remaining 4 days of the competition. Good luck to you all and may the best hunters win!

Tomorrow we are launching a little sweet GIF competition on our Twitter channel for you to unleash your theHunter creativity. Keep your eyes peeled for an announcement tomorrow for a chance to get some action and win some prizes.

And finally, what many of you have been patiently waiting for in the last week since the announcement of the Rockies – work-in-progress screenshots! Our artist Mattias has kindly responded to your pleas and snapped a couple of good ones for you. I’ll just leave them here and let you savour all the luminescent beauty.

That’s it from us for today!

Happy hunting!


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August 17

Status Update 17th August 2016

Howdy hunters,

Here’s what’s been happening around here.

I’ve seen it rainin fire in the sky…

In the last status update we planted some seeds about the new reserve in the works and many of you have been spot on with your guesses. It’s a Rocky Mountains inspired reserve with fall environment, whoop whoop! The Rockies have consistently ended up high in our player surveys, as you can see from the snapshots of the results of our 2015 and 2016 surveys below (click to enlarge; some reserve options are of course hidden, but your collective opinion regarding those is duly noted).

Survey results 2015

Survey results 2016

Game design competition – winners announced

We’ve finally had a chance to read through the latest mission and competition submissions and the results are in! In the mission category our game designer Daniel praised the missions by Tanngnjostr for their fun and personality. In the competition category it has been a tight race between three contenders and the winner has been picked only a couple of hours ago. Congratulations to mdfortney! The two runners-up are were waiora and MonacoSteve, whose sets Daniel also liked a lot but some components of them are unfortunately not really implementable with our current competition system. The winners will receive 5000 em$, the Almost Dev Jacket alongside the honourable Contributor rank, and the runners-up will each receive 2000 em$. You can find the winning designs here.

The winning missions and competitions will be implemented in theHunter as soon as they are set up and tested. If your design was not picked this time, please don’t despair, we have lots of new animals coming up!

On the cable-backed bow

Following the release of the cable-backed bow we’ve been collecting your feedback and sentiments and felt that a short explanation from our game designer might be appropriate. The bow got a lot of critique due to it being too weak. These bows are not so powerful in real life and this is why it was kept at the lower end of the power spectrum. We have now increased it a bit, making it resemble a bow made of modern materials more than traditional materials. However, the cable-backed bow is still primarily to be used at distances of up to 30, perhaps 40 meters. Beyond that range it will lose power quite dramatically. That is, until gravity increases the force of the arrow again. On the way down, the speed of an arrow may increase slightly due to the gravitational pull. Pulling off shots like that is quite difficult but the expert archers out there keep on impressing us with their near impossible long range harvests.

Welcome new recruits!

Since the introduction of the new Recruit a Friend programme, oodles of new people have joined us by invitation of their friends, welcome guys! Many a Moose have been killed and many, many camping supplies, membership days and special items have been added to the recruiters. If you want to see the coveted .308 Engraved Bolt-Action Rifle in action, check out this video by HooCairs. We’re happy to see that you’ve been making use of this programme and hope to see more of your friends joining the troops of the EHR.

Say Ciao to Roberto!

A while ago we told you that our brave soldier Danny left his honourable post as the lead client programmer at theHunter to pursue his dreams overseas, and today we are happy to present his replacement, straight from Italy! Roberto will lead our client programming team, represented by Carl-Oscar, Patrick and Robin. Get to know him via his intro below and say hello!

Hi everyone! My name is Roberto Mangiafico and I’ve just joined the incredible theHunter team as Lead Programmer.

I moved to Stockholm from Italy facing the great Swedish winter to follow my passion for develop and play great games. I’ve started my career in the game industry in 2007 as programmer in Ubisoft, then in 2011 I left to create my own company Bad Seed and now I made a big step forward joining Avalanche and theHunter team!

I’m an avid player, game lover and technology addict and when I don’t play videogames I follow my other passions and do snowboarding, play volleyball and read manga!

See you in the forum and in the woods for a great hunt!

Apropos team changes, sadly, our game designer Daniel is also leaving us in a month to move on to new adventures. We are looking for his replacement (if you know anyone who could fit, please get in touch). Be sure to catch Daniel in the Lock&Learn this Thursday for a chance to soak up his theHunter wisdom and exceptional sense of humour.

Come hunt with us!

We are resuming our Friday play sessions, so if you want to hunt with devs, look for some open multiplayer games, between 16:30 – 17:30 CEST every Friday. I won’t be there this week, but the rest of the devs will, so make sure to (kick their butts) play nicely.

Happy hunting!

P.S. Here’s a small update for those of you who use our Facebook sign-up functionality. It has been temporarily removed as we are working on some website stuff. You can still connect your account to Facebook once signed up / logged in via the Settings, to share your trophy shots etc. We would also like to gather your feedback on how much you use of this feature, so we can prioritize it accordingly.

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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
Customer reviews
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Mixed (372 reviews)
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Captain Boom
101.5 hrs
Posted: August 29
I like the game very much. 10 out of 10
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19.3 hrs
Posted: August 28
It's a pretty good gamet that punishes Free2Players hard. I would not recommend this game to anyone who wishes to play it as a "f2p".

You will get nearly nothing for free through playing the game, and that which you can get for free by doing "missions" will only get you things that are perishable.

So don't expect any Planetside 2 treatment here, you will have to spend money on it to get your time's worth out of it.

If you have money to spend then it's a different ballgame.

It is at it's strongest when you play with a friend and weakest when you're playing solo. The difference in experience is almost as big as going from f2p to premium, so I would definitivly recommend it if you have those two things in place.

Otherwise I'd tell you "Maybe" if you're playing premium solo and a strong "hell no" if you're playing free.

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2.6 hrs
Posted: August 28
Good game people just right bad reviews because they don't kill anything.
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89.0 hrs
Posted: August 28
Fun game, but it hasnt got the best graphics.
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Luke From State Farm
0.2 hrs
Posted: August 27
I could go hunting with a 10 lb bag of cheese and it would not only be more effective, but also way more fun. Also, who the hell only carries only 10 bullets with while hunting? Thats like 1/4 of a box. -9/10, would never play again.
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Spooky Scary Skeletron
0.2 hrs
Posted: August 26
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Alessandro MP
1.4 hrs
Posted: August 26
I pay for the animals??? No no
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153.7 hrs
Posted: August 26
Best hunting simulator ever.
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10.9 hrs
Posted: August 25
This game is very good! 10/10

I can emphasize:

Graphics & sfx
Multiplayer Gameplay

And.. what about the Roleplay? You feel like a real Hunter playing this game,


, you will have to spend some money
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1.6 hrs
Posted: August 25
just no
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36 of 40 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
77.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
*Just scroll down to the lower half of my review if you want proper Pros and Cons instead of a story*

This game caught me off guard. I was bored one day, hopping from store page to store page of F2P games. All of them seeming like the same cash-grab garbage. So I stumble upon this game with it's Mostly Negative rating and assumed it was another cash-grab that needed to be purged.

I downloaded it because I had been angered by the sheer amount of F2P cash grabs and decided I should throw a negative review at one of them.

So I played this game for a bit. I enjoyed the game-play quite a bit actually, perhaps the only good hunting sim out there at the moment. Played without paying any money for a little over a week and was ready to post a nice little negative review. However, I noticed people that posted positive reviews did not seem like blind fan-boys trying to avoid regretting the money they put into the game.

Noticed the monthly subscription fee was among the smallest I had ever seen ($3.33 per month) and there are 3 Starter packs of different prices that offer some items along with a few months of membership. So I decided "F*** it" and bought the Wayfarer Starter Pack.

I eventually came to the conclusion that this game is pretty damn good with a low price. If you want to play this game without spending a dime then run fast and run far.

The nice little "Free-to-Play" label next to Play Game isn't quite true. It should say "$14.99 | Add to Cart" and have "Download Demo" of to the side.

So for the game:


+ Slowpaced relaxing game-play.

+ Many species of animal that require different methods to hunt. (Many share different styles while some are unique)

+ Rather low-entry fee compared to other "Free-To-Play" games.

+ Decent community. Only encountered one troll in multiplayer who was quickly banned by the admin.

+ There is an in-game currency earned by completing missions which can be used to buy consumables and temporary licenses for non-members.

+ Still supported and updated by the developers. The developers have also relaxed some of the restrictions for non-members, such as adding a free animal rotation and making all the reserves free.

+ An actual hunting simulator with tracking, flushing, etc. Instead of those low-budget shooting galleries that are on store shelves.

+ A huge variety of equipment to allow constant play-ability and variation.

+ Low cost membership grants access to all animals to hunt. You start with a 12 Gauge shotgun which can be used to hunt every animal except for Bison.

+ There is a wonderful satisfaction in going for a group hunt then taking a group selfies in front of the kill.

+ Nice sound design.

+ Looks decent without causing FPS drops on my potato rig.

+ Servers are stable most of the time.


- All equipment cost real money.

- The "Earn EMS" system to gain money via methods other than directly paying does not work at all. I've taken enough surveys to earn over $100 in in-game currency and haven't received a dime.

- Some animals are clearly added just to sell specific equipment. Bison require high-powered rifles, Black Bears are so skittish you almost always need a bait barrel and you cannot hunt ducks without buying a plethora of equipment to the point it feels like you purchased the "Duck Hunting" DLC. I personally haven't delved into most of the equipment yet so I cannot say if they're worth it or not yet.

- Slow-paced gameplay is not for everyone.

So far I have spent $40 on this game. 15 of which went into the Wayfarer starter pack.

Overall I recommend this game IF you are willing to put some money in it. If you're open to putting money in it I recommend getting it for free and seeing if it is for you. If you are adamant about not spending a dime then stay away.
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19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
1,579.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
Ok we'll try keep this short and simple. Yes this game CAN cost a lot of money (I've put in around $500 USD just because I enjoy it and my financial status allows me to) to play but there are lots of things you can do for 100% free. First off do the missions they give you gm$ which can in turn be used to buy ammo, camping supplies, licenses, and a lot of other stuff.

After you get enough gm$ buy a license for a different animal which you can then activate the missions which require you to kill said animal (if you don't have the weapon needed for the mission just ask players that do have that gun many will be glad to help you.) Oh and some missions can be done by just tracking or spotting an animal so theres some gm$ you can get and not have to buy a license. I would buy the Trailrunner membership it gives you tons of things like weapons, camoflauge, scopes, calls, stands, tents, camping supplies, etc. Along with a memebrship to hunt all animals ingame for one year. The cost for the trailrunner is $49.99 USD which equates to 7 cents a day (rounded) It costs more to live per day than it does to play an awesome game!

Oh and after your year is up if you decide to keep on playing, the basic one year memebrship costs $34.99 USD and you still get to hunt all the animals and you get 3 of the deployable hunting stands. Another thing is that 90% of the negative reviews never put at least 50 hours in the game they play for 10 minutes then cry because the game isn't free to play. Another thing you can do to earn em$ is the "earn em$" option where you watch videos, read articles, download stuff (I do not recommend you download stuff unless you're a betting man) I have some friends which only play by this method and are quite effective at it.

Oh and for the waterfowl it does cost a lot and i do not recommend it I only hunt them a couple times a year so save your money and look for someone who already has a setup. This game is also very realistic there are more animals than in real life but the developers needed to make this game a bit more fun, which they did perfectly. This is why I recommend this game, if you need help with anything ingame add me on theHunter at Charlielolyoloswag I've been playing for a bit over a year. Also the devs recently did a lot for their Free to play memebers they gave them 5 new species to hunt 2 of which switch every week, and they gave us all the Single Shot shotgun with free ammo for it. So much for making this short and simple haha :)
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
68.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
superb graphics and gameplay simulation of hunting if your into hunting this is for you 10/10
the starting quarry/weapons are ample for hours of hunting and tracking,the white tail bucks are great to hunt and track WARNING !! be prepared to leave your wife/girlfriend/boyfriend, give up your jjob/social life etc,but who needs all those things anyway,this game is emensly addictive, highly reccommended .
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 25
This game is very good! 10/10

I can emphasize:

Graphics & sfx
Multiplayer Gameplay

And.. what about the Roleplay? You feel like a real Hunter playing this game,


, you will have to spend some money
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
72.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
Its great besides the prices of the items in the store, I mean I dont mind if its like $10 for lisences even if it was every 3 months, but $60 for just duck decoys and $20 for just about everything else, and no ingame way to purchase these kind of throws you off the game. It is great gameplay for the first day or two you play, but shooting at just whitetails and having to shell out money for any other animal is a bit steep, They would get so much more buisness and better reviews if they just lowered the prices a bit.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
495.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
THe hunter is what they say it is. its the most realistic hunting game out there. the game isnt like the cabelas games where you find an animal in the first 10 mins. sure in this game you can find animals but if u want a real trophy its gonna take time. it says its free to play. it is free to play but to hunt anymore animals you will have to buy a membership or just wait till they are free to hunt on certain weekends.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
I have played this game off and on over the many years it's been promoted and advertised.

This is a fenced in game riddled with micro transactions that require you to spend money to get new items and gear along with actual Hunting licenses as a Monthly Subscription.

I am not a Fan of the Micro store requiring actual money, but they do offer missions to get consumables through in game currency for hunting contracts. Granted, the game is enjoyable as a Hunting simulator and challenging. But, the game has evolved since I first started playing.
Beta: free to play limited to 10 bullets and Mule dear for hunting only
2012: free to play limited to only Mule dear Hunting only with unlimited ammo
2016: free to play limited to a rotation of various animals for hunting *at time of review still needed to play

I am going back to the game during different times of spurts for hunting enjoyment, but from past experience you will always need a hunting buddy with plenty of equipment for a well rounded enjoyment on many of the Hunting Maps available.
*NOTE* I will be updating this review after I play through this years newest content.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
19.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
hey you know this is the best hunting game ive ever seen so far this year i just wishh yall could add squrrals
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
i think it should be free all together
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
733.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 25
Fun hunting with friends or solo. There are plenty of maps and gear,plus a bunch of different critters to chase.
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