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 (298 reviews) - 48% of the 298 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Mixed (22,708 reviews) - 41% of the 22,708 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 3, 2014

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May 23

Game Update 23rd May 2017

Bug fixes:

  • Fixed the issue with the taxidermy prompt not being available for some animals (was related to security token behaviour)
  • Fixed the missing taxidermy pop-up when a player clicks Escape when in trophy shot mode
  • Fixed the wield / unwield issue while entering the Trophy lodge (you shouldn’t be able to wield weapons when inside of the Trophy lodge)
  • Disabled emote and dog commands while entering the Trophy lodge
  • Fix for game crashes related to graphics code
  • Fix for the small terrain issue on Bushranger Run (floating barrels)
  • Performance improvements for the trophy manager when dealing with many trophies
  • Fix for the mission “I’ll give you a buck each”, so it now can be completed with all .243 rifles and .30-06 rifles
In progress:
  • Graphics issue on WRR
  • Filters to hide trophies in the Trophy manager
  • Investigating solutions for extra large antlers clipping through the roof for some large wall plaques - in the meantime, try to switch between different poses to find a suitable one
  • Issue where swapping two trophies would misbehave
  • Further digging into slow loading times for inventory
  • Bug with players not being to catch up with “roaming” bears
  • Bug with fleeing rabbits showing roaming tracks
  • Players getting stuck when pressing the Escape key while in the Taxidermy prompt menu (please avoid doing it until it’s fixed, click No instead)

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May 19

Status Update 19th May 2017

Howdy hunters,

Big day today! And not only because spring has finally come to Stockholm. After months of blood, sweat and tears (mostly tears), we are super thrilled to announce the release of one of the biggest features we’ve ever brought into theHunter. Introducing the brand new Trophy Lodge! If you watched our pre-release livestream on Tuesday, you already have a good understanding of what to expect, if not, you can catch the replay here.

You (and us too) have been waiting for this for quite some time, so I won’t be keeping you too long with my rambling. We put together game design notes which detail how to use the Trophy Lodge. In addition we welcome you to indulge yourselves in this detailed dev blog on how we developed this feature. We hope you enjoy!

Trophy Lodge Gameplay

The Trophy Lodge that you can find in the store features a “classy” style and has 21 slots for displaying different animals (4 large wall plaques for elk, red deer, moose and bison; 7 small wall plaques for small and medium sized deer, ibex, sheep and pigs; 5 small round platforms for small game; 1 large round platform for pheasants, turkey and geese; 2 medium platforms for wolves, foxes, coyotes and goats; 2 large platforms for bears and kangaroos).

You can own an infinite number of trophy lodges and you are free to fill them up as you see fit. Some players might opt to have one of two trophy lodges with their absolute best scoring animals, some will have one trophy lodge per reserve, where only species harvested in that reserve will be featured, some will dedicate one trophy lodge to their most special harvests including rares, non-typicals, amazing memories. Go nuts and enjoy!

All your Trophy Lodges are accessible from any in-game lodge that have a Trophy Lodge sign on the outside. You can find trophy lodges on all of the 11 reserves and when you approach the door you will be able to enter by pressing “E” (default key). You can rename your lodges as you wish, and lock them if you want to hide them from the curious eyes of your guests in a multiplayer game.

You can taxidermize every single animal you harvest, from now on. You can do it by paying a small em$ or gm$ fee to Max the Taxidermist (who is in charge of all this malarkey) from the game, right after taking a trophy shot or, if having chosen not to take one, by clicking Resume Game from the harvest screen (the latter prompt can be turned off in your gameplay settings). If you choose not to taxidermize your animal from within the game for whatever reason (no cash, you were not sure that your trophy was a rare one, just not in a mood or pressed the wrong button by mistake) your animal gets sent to Max the Taxidermist’s enormous fridge where it is kept for 24 hours in case you change your mind and want to turn it into a trophy. Please note that the taxidermy option from Max’s fridge costs slightly more than the on-spot taxidermy fee.

All your taxidermied animals can be found in the Trophy Manager, accessible from inside your Trophy Lodges by pressing “I” (default key). In the Trophy manager you can place your trophies in the current Trophy Lodge and check out trophy information. When inside a lodge you can also see details about displayed trophies by right-clicking on them; you can change their poses by left-clicking while the trophy info is visible. Try it out, it is much easier than it sounds. Any editing of the inside of a Trophy Lodge (placing animals, switching between poses) can only be done in your own lodge and in single player mode. Multiplayer is dedicated to showing off your lodges and trophies. When in multiplayer, guests can visit any of the host’s Trophy Lodges, unless locked.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you taxidermize your old animals?

This is a good question and one which has been asked many times already. At the launch of the development process we were seriously investigating this option, but unfortunately we quickly discovered it would not be possible due to technical limitations. In order to recreate a trophy from a harvested animal we are now sending and saving a whole bunch of new data, which we simply didn’t have any reason to store before. We realize that it is rather sad news for those of you with a bunch of non-typicals, rares and top-of-leaderboard animals under your belts, but we hope you will also see it as a fresh start that will rekindle your passion for hunting animals you might have grown bored of. Plus, who knows, maybe your new personal best is just around the corner 😉

Can I customize the interior of my trophy lodge?

Not right now, but we built our Trophy Lodge with this possibility in mind. If this feature is successful and popular, we are going to work on customization and additional trophy lodge features, so you will have a chance to make it into your very own hunter’s den.

Can I delete my trophies?

No, we wouldn’t like to go down that road, since all trophies are paid for. But we are working on the function that allows you to hide the ones you are not interested in displaying anymore.

Any other question you might have …

… please ask in this forum thread. We will be there to answer them as well as read about your first impressions and feedback.

Time to Kick it Off

We are celebrating the release of this huge feature with the Trophy Lodge Bonanza Competition, in which you can win a trophy lodge and some sweet em$ prizes. And also we bribed Max the Taxidermist with some pulled pork and whisky and got him to lower his em$ taxidermy fees by 50%. That means for the next 10 days, you can taxidermize for 10em$, until the end of Sunday, May 28th (around the time we expect Max to sober up). Today we are also starting a new season, whohoo! So, get out there and get stuffing.

Happy trophy 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 nine diverse and immersive hunting reserves in the ever evolving world of theHunter by yourself.

Key Features

  • Hunt 39 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 11 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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