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 (8,290 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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November 21

Status Update 21st November 2014

Howdy hunters,

Here is a short status update from us.

The beginning of a new era

Today starts the new, 17th, season in theHunter, yay! The 16th season has been a long and luscious one, with 4 new species and one reserve added. We’ll be celebrating the beginning of a new era with a free species hunt. Two of the four animals released during the 16th season, Canada Goose and Alpine Ibex, will be free to hunt from the official start of the 17th season and throughout the whole weekend. We’re also running a weekend sale on all goose-related items in the store, including extra discounts on goose decoy bundles and the popular Canada Goose Starter bundle. It’s a good day for those of you who have been dreaming to set up a second (or a third) goose spread on Hirschfelden.


Turkey fest is coming

On Monday we’re kicking off yet another holiday event – Thanksgiving in theHunter. There will be lots of turkey challenges in all forms with varying difficulty levels. Stay tuned for more!

TheHunter quiz – results

We received 1110 responses to the quiz announced in the last status update, out of which 788 people answered all 30 questions and 74 got all of them correctly. With this project we mostly wanted to get hunters to use the wiki more actively by showing how much valuable information about the game one can find there. On the other hand, I hope that the quiz was enjoyable and useful also for those of you who wanted to test their ”raw” knowledge of the game, without digging into any extra sources.

Here are the names of the 5 winners of the em$ draw, randomly chosen out of 74 people who answered all questions correctly.

StriderBurp
kestuxx
foresterjoe
Krystal
Cogsy666

The detailed results of the quiz can be found in this forum thread.

Break Action vs. Bullpup

And last but not least, on Wednesday we released a shiny new 7mm Break Action Rifle. The earlier released Bullpup of the same caliber divided the community into two camps, with a lot of people asking for a 7mm rifle with a more traditional hunting design, so we decided to do something about it, plus such a rifle has been a long time community request. So here it is. And in order to solve the community dispute, we’ve thrown in a small challenge – two identical competitions, one featuring the Bullpup, the other the Break action. Let’s see which one wins ;)

That’s it for today, more news next week!

Happy hunting!

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November 13

Status Update 13th September 2014

Hey you hunters,

It’s status update time and here’s what’s been cooking up here in our corner of the world:

Events, events, more events

The Nordic Father’s Day last weekend turned out to be a ball and a hell lot of reindeer got shot. Although there’s been a fair deal of frustration here and there, mostly attributed to the elusive trio of 450’s, overall, the event was a success, with as many as 1266 hunters having completed the first mission, 402 the second, and 504 the third.

Now, the ongoing Mid-November Madness is a different kind of hoopla. We know that a lot of you have love-hate relationships with the 100% harvest value requirement, but we thought it’d be rewarding to add in an extra challenge, calling for some additional thinking over the choice of weapons. Fame and glory as well as a unique trophy set will be a reward for top 10 hunters in each of the 9 divisions – well worth a hassle.

There’ll be more events in the weeks to come, don’t get lost in the wild and be sure to follow our news and updates.

How well do you know theHunter?

During some 6 years of theHunter’s existence (in fact, the first forum member registered almost exactly 6 years ago), the game has spawned a truly colossal wealth of knowledge, stories and personal anecdotes.

So, here is a small quiz for you to check just how well you know the game and all its nooks and crannies. No worries, no theHunter myths and anecdotes this time, only hard facts and publicly accessible knowledge. The quiz was prepared by our awesome Wiki team who are doing an excellent job collecting and storing all theHunter know-how for the generations of hunters to come. Thank you guys, your work is invaluable!

The quiz consists of 30 multiple-choice questions (only one correct answer per quesion). If you answer 100% of the questions correctly, you’ll be automatically entered into our final em$ draw, during which we’ll randomly pick 5 people and award them each with 1000em$ (don’t forget to enter your theHunter name at the end of the quiz form if you want to be a part of the draw). You can submit your answers up until Sunday, November 16th, midnight CET, the correct answers and lucky draw winners will be announced on Monday.

Take the quiz

Interview with Björn

Our game designer Björn has recently been interviewed by the website GameStakers. He has shared some behind-the-scenes information about the development process and tips on how to succeed in the game. You can read the whole piece here.

New interns in town

This week we’ve welcomed two new interns to the theHunter squad: Pär joined our game design team and Carl-Oscar the programming team. Read their intros below and give them a good welcome in the forum.

Pär

Hello Guys and Gals,

My name is Pär and this Monday I started my game design internship here, at Expansive Worlds.

The first game I’ve ever played was probably Alley Cat, an old DOS game. My interest for games grew quickly and I started playing pretty much any game that my parents allowed me to. My favourite genre is and has been RPG ever since I played that first Diablo game. It did not take long until I dreamed of making my own games.

Gaming is still a pretty big part of my life, whenever I find the time for it. My free time I mostly spend on either side projects or with my girlfriend whom I have been together with for 9 years.

It took quite a while before I actually started following my dream and began to work my way up to become a game developer. When I was about 21 my girlfriend found a game development educational programme in Stockholm, which I did not even know existed at that time. I am originally from the northern part of Sweden but as I got into that programme, I relocated to the Stockholm area. Now I have been through 2 different educational programmes which finally led me to Expansive Worlds where I hope and believe I will fit right in.


Carl-Oscar

Hello out there!

My name is Carl-Oscar Lönn and I’ve just joined Expansive Worlds as an intern. I will be a part of the Client Programming team to bring you new content.

I am originally from the Swedish city called Trollhättan, this is where my beloved family lives. There I studied game development and found my calling, programming. After I was done with studies I went to Falun to further develop my skills at Playground Squad.

When I am not working, I like being at home, playing games and having a cup of tea. I also like to get out and do some geocaching. Sometimes I don’t feel like doing it on my own, but my father often keeps me company.

It feels great to get this opportunity to be a part of the team, so I will give it all and I hope you’ll have a good time hunting.


Happy hunting from the rest of the EW team!

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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
100 of 116 people (86%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
its free to download, not free to play
1/10
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82 of 100 people (82%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Don't recommend this ♥♥♥♥! NEED MORE MONEY
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277 of 412 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
I noticed theHunter was free to play so thought I'd give it a go. This is how my experience went:

  • I load up the game and jump straight into the hunt! I familiarise myself with the controls and get ready to begin.

  • I hike through miles of woodland, meticulously scanning the area for my prey. These are my woods. I am the apex predator. A god among mindless furry beasts.

  • After what seems like hours, I see it. My prey. A 33.4kg female Mule deer. It hasn't seen me yet. My primal hunter instincts activate and I stealthily approach.

  • I zero in on the deer. My deer. My trophy. It is in my crosshairs, I hold my breath, ready to fire, I was born for this. Everything I had accomplished in life leading me here, to this very moment...

  • Balls! It suddenly spooks, and trys to run. I panic and let out a squeal, firing blindly. I see blood spraying everywhere. I had hit it, but the poor thing just keeps on running, trailing blood the whole way.

  • Still panicking, I chase after the deer, following the trail of its blood. After 10 mins I find it...

  • The deer, my deer, has collapsed from exhaustion in an alarmlingly large pool of it's own blood.

  • It's in so much pain.

  • It looks up at me.

  • It knows.

  • "Please, kill me." It tells me with its eyes.

  • Those eyes.

  • I start to cry.

  • I can't do it.

  • I walk away.

  • I uninstall the game.

  • I still have nightmares about the deer.

  • I start drinking heavily and consuming opiates to cope with the pain.

  • It helps me forget.

  • Life will never be the same.

10/10 would suffer from PTSD and ruin life again.
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64 of 84 people (76%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
This is a complete SCAM it is not free to play at all.
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27 of 36 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
first when i played this it looked pretty okay, but when i entered the game and jesus tapdancing wet christ... NEVER AGAIN
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
says free but you have to pay to do anything
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
This game could be great but that membership ♥♥♥♥ ♥♥♥♥es me off. You can only shoot at rabits and 1 type of deer without the membership. This game's NOT free to play. More like free to pay.
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
This Is Not Free, Dont Waste Your Time!
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
22.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
NOT F2P you need to pay real money if you want hunt more than 2 kinds of animal
But best hunting simulation I have seen

If you can afford Bugatti you can afford to fully enjoy this game
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Please don't avertise this as a F2P game. If you can walk around forever, find an animal, and then not let me shoot until I hork over some money, then it's not a F2P game. It's a walking simulator with paid hunting DLC, but only for a few months.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
pay to play not free at all.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
Combine this game with your TrackIR: It's like I'm really outside!

But seriously speaking, I used to play this game a bit before it was on Steam. If you actually pay for your subscription and buy some guns and ammo, it's a very fun, comfy hunting game. If not, then you're ♥♥♥♥ outta luck. Don't believe the 'free to play' advertisement, this is subscription based game through and through.

I'm still gonna recommend the core game itself since it's enjoyable if you jump through the hoops. I'd still rather just pay for a full game for $30 or something, though.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
There once was a game called theHunter
now I digress, though it was a piece of ♥♥♥♥
and always will be
this game will always remain in our hearts
as the game that gave me ebola

11/10 would play if I could open it
excuse me while I kill myself
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Meh
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
Moje česká recenze: http://www.playhit.cz/2014/10/thehunter-simulator-lovu/

I really don't know wether I should turn the thumb down or up with this one. It's nice that everyone can try it. It also has terrific graphics and detail, for example that the wind can carry your smell to your prey. But here comes the BUT. Everything about this game is pay to play and asking people to pay for every single bullet is something unacceptable. Animals are locked to be hunted, unless you buy a licence. Same with maps. I think I'll put the thumb up, because I had an opportunity to play on a premium account and it was great fun. Tracking down the animals, keeping quiet, it really feels realistic. So, I give it 6/10 and the devs should be happy I have such a nice friend to have burrowed me his profile to experience the better of this game.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
28.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
As so many reviewers before me I have to demand to get rid of this F2P tag. You have to pay real money on a subscription based model to play the game as the developers intented it. Otherwise I guess it is a great game. Kind of costly though, because nearly everything you can buy is only temporarily. With the free membership you can only hunt mule deers. This wouldn't be so bad if there were only mule deers on the map, but no, every animal that is huntable, you can find and thats where it really gets frustrating. You are hunting a deer for 40 to 50 minutes, get to the best shooting spot you can find, only to find out when you pull the trigger, that it is a white tail deer and you dont have a license to shoot it. The free membership is a farce. It is a really bad demo at best. I guess it would be a great game if it wasn't for this ridiculous payment model. Please Valve, do something about this F2P Tag.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
pay twoo win.... ore shud i say pay 2 hunt. bad um tsss
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
That game is sucks..
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
theHunter sounds like an awesome game, right? Well, it's not. The reason I don't like it is because almost everything in the game uses your real money. To get the right to hunt (almost) evey animal game, you have to go into the store and buy a license for only a FEW DAYS. Then you have to buy it more and more. If the tracking didn't take so long, I might enjoy that aspect more too. But for the most part, this game is really freemium and is only for the most patient. Play at your own risk.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Pay to play.
Cant connect any host.
Kick out and Unresponded game launcher, need to end task via task manager.
UI UX Suck.

0.3 Hour of nothing about gameplay. coz I cant played.
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