The most realistic hunting experience awaits. Explore 11 reserves and hunt 39 unique species, ranging from waterfowl to big game. Over 80 weapons from state-of-the art rifles to bows. Customize your load-out with stands, blinds and dogs. Play alone or in multiplayer with up to 7 friends.
Recent Reviews:
Mostly Positive (482) - 70% of the 482 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
All Reviews:
Mixed (27,433) - 43% of the 27,433 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Jun 3, 2014

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May 16

Status Update - 16th May 2019

Hello Hunters,

Following the launch of the new free-to-play model earlier this month, we just wanted to quickly say that we couldn’t be more excited to see how both new and old players are enjoying theHunter: Classic.

We are consistently monitoring feedback across all our forums and social channels, so please keep making your voices heard. It is helping us to ensure we are still headed in the right direction!

Due to popular demand, we have extended the 10-year mission pack by an extra week and this pack will close on the 20th of May at 9 am CEST!

Have a good rest of the week and good luck out in the EHR!

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May 8

Status Update - 8th May 2019

Hello Hunters,

Today we are going to take a deeper look into the new changes, to Classic!

First off, just in case you missed the news, theHunter:Classic has had an update to the business model and it has never been more accessible and easy to play as it is now!

No more memberships and all animals are free to hunt 24/7!
One of the biggest changes we have done, is to remove memberships. This means that all maps and all animals are available to hunt for free, for any player. The Free Animal Rotation has been removed and all animals are free to hunt all the time, on all reserves.
Store Changes and Harvests for gm$!
Another major change we have made, is that nearly all items in the Store can now be purchased with both em$ and gm$. em$ can be purchased as per usual and gm$ can now be earned in game by harvesting an animal that has CSS score.
How do I get gm$?
Now when you harvest an animal that has a CSS (Cross Species Score) value, you can sell that animal and in return, you get gm$ to the same value as the CSS score. For example if I harvested an animal that had a CSS value of 85, I could sell it for 85gm$. If you have the Taxidermy prompt turned off, this will happen automatically. If you have the prompt turned on, you will see the option to sell the animal, as well as the option to taxidermy the animal.
Premium features, now free for all
All features that used to be included in the membership packages, are now also free for anyplayer. For example, everyone can now take a custom profile picture or host a multiplayer game. Ammo now replenishes for the .243 rifles and 12GA Shotguns, all other weapons you will need to purchase ammo for, however it is not expensive!
Game Launcher
With the latest update, the game can only be launched through Steam now. Your profile, all equipment and progress remains the same. After launching the game, you will be prompted to sign in, simply enter the same login information you have always done.
What happens if I had membership time still?
Any outstanding membership, has now been credited back to everyone in the form of em$. The length of membership that you had remaining, dictates how many em$ you have received. If you think you have not received your em$, please contact support.

10 Year Anniversary Celebrations

To commemorate this amazing achievement, we have a very special week of competitions, missions and prizes!

There are 6 competitions that all reward very handsomely with em$ and are sure to test your skills, you can view these competitions and their details in the competition tab in the launcher here.

There is also a great mission pack you can work your way through, that rewards players with a very nice golden .243, limited ‘10 year’ edition, and a very generous amount of gm$!

On top of these great events, players that have played the game for 5, 7 or 10 years have been gifted with a special shirt as a token of our appreciation for their support over the years. There is also a limited edition T-shirt that all other players can purchase in the store!

Have a great week all,

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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 created is available now, for free! Experience the thrill of the hunt in vast, open-world environments ranging from the desolate Australian outback and overgrown swamps of Louisiana to the dramatic landscape of the Austrian Alps. As a hunter, you will use everything from crossbows to handguns and state of the art bolt action rifles to track, spot and harvest your prey. Realistic animal behaviors and persistent online features provide a living, open world where you can explore at your own pace or compete with other players for bragging rights.

Key Features

  • theHunter Classic was first released in 2009, and is still continuously updated with new weapons, species, environments, equipment and features. There’s a treasure trove of content for hunters to discover here, and more is still coming!
  • Hunt 44 lifelike species, all recreated in painstaking detail from looks to behaviours. Species include Bobcat, 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 and Northern Pintail. Just to name a few.
  • Explore 11 vast and endlessly varied environments with detailed graphics, complete with a full day cycle and immersive weather effects - from the sub-arctic Alaska to the swamps of Louisiana.
  • Form a hunting team and experience co-op multiplayer with up to 7 friends (or complete strangers).
  • Extensive online features. Increase your skills, increase your stats and get creative with Trophy Shots. Take part in competitions and climb the leaderboards or go on challenging missions to earn achievements.
  • Join the biggest and friendliest online hunting community. We are all about helping and sharing our achievements. Show off that incredible set of antlers, proudly mounted in your private Trophy Lodge, or check out other accomplished hunters’ hauls for inspiration. Having trouble tracking and harvesting that big one? Ask the community, many of whom are real-life hunters, and get a helping hand.

Progressing and Acquiring Items in the Game

In theHunter Classic, a generous amount of content is available for free. Right at the outset, 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 great equipment loadout is available at no cost. Additional items such as weapons, species, licenses and ammunition can be acquired with gm$, in-game currency that can be earned through playing the game, or em$, in-game currency that can be purchased for real-life money or earned through winning in-game competitions.

By hunting certain species and using certain items in the game, you are able to hone your skills and improve as a hunter. As these skills increase, more abilities unlock. With time and practice, you will be able to tell weight and gender from a simple animal track, and develop steadier aim for a range of weapons.

Achievements can be earned through diverse in-game activities. Each achievement adds to your HunterScore, which can be used to track and compare your progress with other hunters. Increasing your HunterScore also unlocks upgrade items such as pouches and holsters for your rifles.

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: 8 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
    • OS: Windows ® 10 64-bit
    • Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2600 CPU or HigherIntel(R) Core(TM) i7-2600 CPU @ 3.40GHz (8 CPUs), ~3.4GHz or Higher
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX760 or Higher
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 16 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible

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