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 (14,163 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 3, 2014

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July 24

Status Update 24th July 2015


Hello hunters,

Here is a short status update from us.

Summer Fiesta



The first tier is almost over and the amount of participants has been incredible. So far 8 669 unique players joined the competitions, they’ve used 184 863 attempts in which they harvested 157 793 animals with a total score 13 204 448. Looks like despite summer doldrums the competing spirit is strong with the hunters of EHR 😉 The competitions of the second tier start tomorrow and in order to be able to enroll in those, you need a bronze ticket, one per activation. You can get two for completing one of the “hard” Fiesta missions, one for placing 1 – 4 in any of the competitions in the Tier 1 or buying it in the store. You can check all the rules of the tournament here.

There has been a lot of discussion about the Bushrangers Runners mission, most of you still find it extremely difficult, even after we’ve removed the same hunt condition. Well, those missions have been designed to be extra-challenging, so only very determined hardcore hunters will complete them. Having said that, to spice it up a notch, we’ve decided to introduce a special prize that will be given to the first person completing the Bushrangers Runner mission (and posting about it in the Summer Fiesta forum thread) – they’ll be able to pick any item in the store, including premium but excluding non-released items, and get it for free.

Dog trophy shot contest – Winners

There have been lots and lots of really nice trophy shots submitted for our contest. All dogs were just beautiful, but here are our favourites:

Category Yellow Labrador – Mrmr123 & Abood



Category Chocolate Labrador – baluuto & Shiva



Category Black Labrador – Magnayen & Socke



Category Fox Red Labrador – ArchMaster & Easy



Runners-up are Sqwee, Beren666, SeelenfresserMiles, InSani7y, HooCairs, Villkatta, Mungo667, Pittie, alborith, TrophySeekerFilms, Gostwind, invisibleinsect, they’ll receive a medium pack of dog treats for their buddies.

Congratulations to the winners, please send me a PM and tell me a prize of your choice.

Load outs are published – time to vote!

We’ve finally came to the final voting phase of our load-out competition announced back in spring. Man, this has taken me a while to go through over 60 submissions, plus the dog release and holidays got in the middle, sorry about that. Anyway, the qualifying load outs are now published and ready for you pick the best of the best. To remind you of the rules, the winners will be chosen for each of the 9 reserves and they will be featured in our store alongside their creators’ names, similarly to the winning set-ups. You can find the polls (one per reserve) here. Please note that the voting is anonymous and soliciting votes is not allowed. Let’s make it fair. Good luck to everyone!

That’s it from us for today.

Happy hunting!

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June 10

Game Update 10th June 2015

Features

  • Labrador Retriever
  • Dog collars

Bug fixes

  • Pathfinding fixes along the coast of Rougarou Bayou
  • Pathfinding fixes in Settler Creeks
  • Red Fox organs displayed correctly on the harvest screen

Changes

  • Spook radius of .22 Semi-Auto “Plinkington” Rifle is decreased
  • Spook radius of .22 “Grasshopper” Pistol is decreased
  • Store – Most recently added items are now shown at the top of each category
  • Store – Bundles are now shown as the top category in the store
  • Updated localization

In progress

  • Further tweaking and polishing dogs

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

Key Features

  • Hunt 22 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, European Rabbit & Red Kangaroo.
  • Explore 9 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, European 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: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
Helpful customer reviews
1,533 of 1,708 people (90%) found this review helpful
29 people found this review funny
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
Day 1: Left my cabin with high hopes that I could find a deer today. Nothing.

Day 2: Left my cabin again. Found a rabbit. Took a shot, missed and it went off running.

Day 3: Found another rabbit. Hit it this time, BUT SOME ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ POPUP SAYING I NEED A ♥♥♥♥ING LICENSE TO KILL A DAMN RABBIT APPEARS AND THAT COSTS LIKE 15.00 AND THEN I HAVE TO BUY THE ♥♥♥♥ING .22 SO I CAN SHOOT THE ♥♥♥♥ER AND THATS ANOTHER 15.00. 30.00 ♥♥♥♥ING BUCKS TO KILL A RABBIT WHEN I CAN TAKE MY .22 IN REAL LIFE, GO OUTSIDE, AND SHOOT A ♥♥♥♥ING RABBIT. I'M THINKING ABOUT SHOOTING THIS CORPORATION IN THE FACE. ♥♥♥♥ THIS GAME.

EDIT: For all of you saying I should expect to pay money, the game is labeled as Free to Play. So no, I should not have to pay money to enjoy the game.
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1,712 of 1,933 people (89%) found this review helpful
47 people found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 3
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0/10
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1,286 of 1,482 people (87%) found this review helpful
30 people found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
Do you have to pay to uninstall the game?
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258 of 282 people (91%) found this review helpful
22 people found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
"You must have a license to get a license"

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1,886 of 2,314 people (82%) found this review helpful
42 people found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
Unistall works 10/10
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