Shadow Stalk Studios is an indie company creating The Hunted. We want to create a space for everyone to enjoy and explore with friends. Come join us as we adventure through the wilderness!
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

Shadow Stalk Studios is a new video game company that has chosen to embrace the Early Access model for several compelling reasons.

Community Engagement: The development team behind "The Hunted" is passionate about involving players in the game's evolution right from the start. By releasing the game in Early Access, they aim to create a dedicated community of players who can actively participate in shaping the game's development. Player feedback is invaluable for fine-tuning gameplay mechanics, balancing, and addressing any bugs or issues that may arise.

Iterative Development: "The Hunted" team recognize that building a truly exceptional gaming experience takes time and continuous improvement. Early Access allows us to release a core version of the game while working on additional content, features, and optimizations based on player feedback. This iterative development approach ensures that the final release will be polished and well-crafted.

Transparency: "The Hunted" developers believe in open and transparent communication with their player base. Early Access provides an opportunity for players to see the game's development journey firsthand, fostering trust and a sense of community between developers and gamers.

Testing Ground: Early Access is an ideal environment to test new features, game modes, and experimental content. Player feedback helps the developers gauge which aspects resonate most with the community and which ones may need adjustments or removal.

Platform Adaptation: Releasing "The Hunted" in Early Access allows the team to adapt the game to different platforms more effectively. Player feedback helps them optimize the game for various hardware configurations and iron out platform-specific issues.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“"The Hunted" plans to remain in Early Access for 1 year”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The full version of "The Hunted" will build upon the Early Access version by incorporating player feedback, adding new content, enhancing gameplay mechanics, improving technical aspects, and delivering a more polished and feature-rich gaming experience that reflects the development team's commitment to creating an outstanding final product.

Polished Gameplay: Player feedback will be instrumental in fine-tuning and improving the overall gameplay experience. This includes addressing any balancing issues, optimizing performance, and enhancing game mechanics based on player suggestions and preferences.

Bug Fixes and Optimization: Early Access often reveals unforeseen technical issues and bugs. The full version of "The Hunted" will have undergone extensive bug fixing and optimization, resulting in a smoother and more stable gaming experience.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“"The Hunted" currently has basic functions added, such as:
- Combat Animations
- Movement Animations
- Character Customization
- Beta Maps
- Original Sounds
- Lots of places to explore!
"The Hunted" dev team is still looking into all the feedback and suggestions from the community! We would love to continue hearing all your ideas”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“No, the game price will not change when we leave early access. We plan to release content that can be purchased along side the game in either singles or bundles.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

Shadow Stalk Studios recognizes the importance of engaging with the gaming community in the development and promotion of our upcoming game, "The Hunted". We believe that involving the community from the early stages of development will not only enhance the game's quality but also foster a sense of ownership and excitement among players. This Community Involvement Plan outlines our strategy for involving the gaming community throughout the development process.

1. Pre-Development Phase:

Announcement and Teasers: We have began by announcing "The Hunted" and releasing teaser content such as concept art, a brief storyline overview, and a gameplay concept. This will create initial excitement and curiosity among gamers.

Community Forums: We have established a Discord server with dedicated channels to "The Hunted" where players can discuss their expectations, share ideas, and provide feedback.

2. Early Development Phase:

Alpha Testing: A select group of players from the community will be invited to participate in closed alpha testing. This group will have early access to the game, providing valuable feedback on gameplay mechanics, balance, and bug reports.

Developer Blogs: Regular developer blogs and video updates will be posted, giving insights into the game's development progress. This transparency will keep the community engaged and informed.

3. Mid-Development Phase:

Private Beta Testing: As the game becomes more polished, we will launch our private beta phase, allowing a larger portion of the community to experience the game and provide feedback. This phase will also serve as another stress test for our servers.

Community-Driven Features: We will hold community polls and surveys to gather input on features, animal designs, and additional content to be added to the game based on player preferences.

4. Post-Release Phase:

Continuous Updates: After the game's release, we will continue to release updates and patches based on player feedback and bug reports, ensuring that "The Hunted" remains engaging and balanced.

Feedback Channels: We will maintain active channels for community feedback and suggestions, demonstrating our commitment to listening and improving the game.

In conclusion, Shadow Stalk Studios is dedicated to involving the gaming community in the development and promotion of "The Hunted." We believe that by working collaboratively with our players, we can create a game that not only meets their expectations but exceeds them. Together, we will make "The Hunted" an immersive and memorable gaming experience for all.”
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About This Game

From the very first sunrise, every creature large and small has fought to see the next day. It has been our eternal conflict to escape the night and breach unto dawn. Modernity has fortunately relinquished the tight embrace that survival once held on humans, but we have forgotten what it feels like to hunt.
Yet all other creatures still face the daily struggles and brutalities of life. Nature's indifference offers little in the way of respite for the courageous lioness and her cubs or the harsh winters that cave in sleeping bears. Therein lies something modern convenience has not given us but rather stolen away, the joy of being alive and the fear of being The Hunted

Come with us as we embark through the vast wilderness of the world. Learn the ways of nature and how to use the elements of surprise to your advantage as you explore the intense, immersive and innovative open-world animal survival game that grants you the opportunity to truly feel what the many animals of the world experience around us. Whether it's the frantic and precise tactics of an evasive prey, or the fierce yet graceful pursuit of a predator, we bring to you our vast ecosystem; ever changing and expanding right in front of your eyes.

At our core, Shadow Stalk Studios is a family of passionate developers, programmers, artists, writers, and nature enthusiasts. Our goal is to come together and create truly immersive games for all ages to enjoy. To us, this is more than just entertainment, this is also an educational experience and we want to offer players an eye opening realization about wildlife conservation. Animals whose numbers are quietly dwindling, and nature's fragile balance that teeters each and every day. We want to ignite empathy, understanding and support for our magnificent creatures and the precious nature that brims with life around us. Please join us as we continue to develop our project and spread awareness to communities around the world about our Earth and our Home.
Welcome to The Hunted

Diverse Playable Animals: Choose from a variety of animals, each with its own unique strengths and weaknesses, as you attempt to survive in the wild. Whether you're a cunning wolf, a graceful gazelle, or a powerful bear, your choices will significantly impact your gameplay experience.

Realistic Ecosystems: Immerse yourself in beautifully rendered and highly detailed ecosystems, ranging from lush forests to harsh deserts. Every environment presents distinct challenges and opportunities, and the changing seasons and weather patterns affect your survival strategy. Encounter a dynamic ecosystem filled with a wide range of wildlife, both predators and prey, all with realistic behaviors and interactions. Your choices will affect the balance of the ecosystem, leading to consequences that ripple throughout the game.

Survival Challenges: Test your instincts and adaptability as you navigate the dangers of the wild. Hunt for food, avoid predators, and manage your energy and health to stay alive. Complete various challenges to unlock new abilities and improve your chances of survival. Establish and defend your territory from rival animals. Engage in territorial disputes, and use your wits and abilities to maintain your claim.

Multiplayer Mode: Team up with friends in multiplayer mode to experience the wild together. Collaborate to conquer challenges or compete in a test of survival skills. Rise up and get on the top of our leader boards to claim the crown.

The Hunted offers a unique and captivating experience, allowing players to truly immerse themselves in the world of wildlife, with the constant struggle for survival as the driving force. Will you thrive as a cunning predator or master the art of evasion as a prey animal? The choice is yours in this realistic and dynamic animal survival game.

Mature Content Description

The developers describe the content like this:

This Game may contain content not appropriate for all ages, or may not be appropriate for viewing at work: Frequent Violence or Gore, General Mature Content

System Requirements

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS *: Windows 8
    • Processor: Quad-core Intel or AMD processor, 3.0 GHz or faster.
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 or AMD Radeon R9 280X series card or higher.
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 20 GB available space
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10 64-bit or later
    • Processor: Quad-core Intel or AMD processor, 3.0 GHz or faster.
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 75 GB available space
* Starting January 1st, 2024, the Steam Client will only support Windows 10 and later versions.
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