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Hope all is well on your side of the globe! Here at EW we are settling in in the new office (more on this below) and adding a final touch to Whiterime Ridge, as it’s almost ready – that close! – for you to set your feet in.
The starting five
As you already know, Bison, Sitka Deer and Snowshoe Hare will be residents of the new reserve. Time to reveal the last two members of the starting five – they are our good ol’ Moose and a new species Arctic Fox.
The Arctic Fox is based on the Red Fox but with nice, silky and – oh my! – so fluffy fur. On the pictures you can see the snow white animal but don’t be surprised when you come across another common variation – bue, which is simply stunning.
Some of you may wonder why Moose and not Caribou was chosen as One of the old guard for the sub-arctic reserve. Well, the reason if the existing Reindeer’s migratory behaviour and the shape of Whiterime Ridge where such gameplay wouldn’t be possible. In order to put Caribou into it, we would have needed to reprogram animal’s AI which would not be feasible at this moment.
Next week you’ll get a chance to see Whiterime Ridge with your own eyes during our traditional pre-release livestreams. This time, with help of hunters of our international community, we are able to offer it in 5 languages! Here’s the video announcement of the English and German livestreams and below you can find the dates, times and details of streams in other languages.
Times and dates of the pre-release livestreams:
English: Monday, October 5th at 19:00 CEST
Streamed by Pratze, joined by Killertut and aljona
You can watch it on this channel
German: Monday, October 5th at 21.30 CEST
Streamed by Pratze, joined by ForstHeld and Killertut
You can watch it on this channel
Italian: Monday, October 5th at 21:00 CEST
Streamed by members of theHunterItaly (beke87, 682, DiCy, LEO86, baluuto, scartuccio)
You can watch it on this channel (the link will be working at the time of the stream)
French: Monday, October 5th at 21:00 CEST
Streamed by Aquila_Foios
You can watch it on this channel
Spanish: Monday, October 5th at 21:00 CEST
Streamed by members of theHunterSpain
You can watch it on this channel (the link will be added soon, please check back later)
Hope you’ll be able to make it to one of these snow feasts!
For the last months we’ve been working on some graphics improvements which will be implemented together with Whiterime Ridge. I’ll write a bigger, more detailed post with release notes later, but here is a sneak peek of just two improvements of many.
This shot shows the higher accuracy of the terrain lighting (the small hill to the right was previously lit incorrectly) as well as the updated lighting model.
This shot shows the improved shadowing of the grass for high and very high shadow settings.
Hunters’ new home – The Night Owl!
Last week, together with our mother company Avalanche Studios, we moved into new shiny headquarters with such a cool name the Night Owl. In case you want to come by and say hello (and you totally should!), our new address is Västgötagatan 5, Stockholm.
To make our office space looks truly theHunter’esque, we of course threw some some stuff around. Here’s a small collage of theHunter artifacts – do you know what they are and what relation they have to EW? The first person who will get all of them correctly (in forum thread replies) will receive something nice 😉
Last Friday we experienced a server outage which lasted for about 8 hours and affected the majority of players. As a compensation for this lack of service we’ve added 2 days to all active memberships. You can read a more detailed statement on this here. We are very sorry about this.
And yet another persistent issue that has been plaguing many bear barrels and hog feeders in the last weeks – inconsistent and incorrect bait amount has been being displayed in the launcher and in game. We have been looking into this but were not able to pinpoint the cause of this problem yet. We’re continuing to investigate and after the issue is fixed, we’ll find the way to reimburse you for the lost bait if any.
The lucky winner of our .45 – 70 Lever Action Rifle raffle is Fr_bugs! He was picked by the script from 90 hunters who have increased their Hunterscore by 10 in the last week and will receive the rifle at the Whiterime Ridge release.
That’s it for today!
Hello there hunters,
Whiterime Ridge with its snowy deserts and howling winds is creeping into the EHR and from what I’ve seen so far it’s promising to be a totally different hunting experience. Tough, lonely (bring a friend on your journey) and somewhat contemplative. Well, at least that’s my perception, hopefully you’ll be able to make up your own mind very soon. In the meantime, let me introduce the third inhabitant of this frozen realm (the one that is jumping). Extremely cute and fluffy, meet the Snowshoe Hare.
As you can see from this render, it’s remodelled after our old bud, the Cottontail Rabbit. However the Snowshoe has much larger paws, is able to hope better on the snow crust and has leaner body covered with lovely fur. Otherwise the AI and gameplay are very much the same as that of the Cottontail, only they are more difficult to spot due to their outstanding camouflage ability.
Like all the Br’ers Rabbits of the EHR, the Snowshoe Hare will be free to hunt.
There have been oodles of questions regarding cold weather and how our existing clothes will perform in Whiterime Ridge, so let me tackle them here. For one, all items of clothing in the store will receive an additional characteristic – Weather Protection. This will determine how long you will be able to stay alive without collapsing in the harsh sub-arctic environment wearing that particular item. In jeans and a t-shirt you will not last long at all, whereas for example a trapper outfit will give you more time. There will be special clothes in which you will able to hunt for an unlimited period of time. A basic set with no camo will be given out for free at the release, similar to the basic clothes you get when you join theHunter. If you want additional camo, a Sneaky 3D Arctic Winter outfit will be available in theHunter Store. Now, to the Sneaky 3D Winter Forest outfit. It has camo which will work in Whiterime Ridge forest areas but its weather protection won’t be enough to hunt in it for an unlimited period of time.
Over the weekend we are running a special Whiterime Ridge Warm-Up Marathon where you get a chance to win yourself some Sneaky 3D Arctic Winter clothes. Read the details here.
Now, to the winner of our raffle-daffle we announced last week before the double XP weekend. Over 500 hunters increased their skills by 5 levels but the lucky winner is Shotoenth! He will receive the beautiful .45-70 Lever Action Rifle at the Whiterime Ridge release.
For the rest of you, please do not despair, here is a new raffle for you. We will choose another hunter who will get the .45-70 for free amongst those who will have increased their hunterscore by 10 points from today, September 24 until October 4th. To make this task a tiny bit easier for guests, from today until the end of Monday, September 28th, Whitetail Deer, Black Bear, Roosevelt Elk, Feral Hog and Moose will be free to hunt.
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