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:
Mixed (163) - 41% of the 163 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
All Reviews:
Mixed (25,847) - 42% of the 25,847 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Jun 3, 2014

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July 11

Status Update - 11th July 2018

Hello Hunters!

Welcome to another Status Update, and the last one from me a little while in fact. Next week Mat will return from his time away and he’ll continue to keep you all updated whilst I disappear for some rest and relaxation for a couple of weeks.

As I’ve mentioned (a few times now!) this is a slightly calmer time period for us in development terms due to holidays and the like, but we still have plenty to talk about here!

First up…

It’s Coming Home!



Yeah...sorry about that headline, maybe I’m showing some bias?! There’s just a few days left before the end of the World Cup, and more importantly the end of our Football Jamboree! We’ve just three teams left in the running, France, Croatia, and England, by the end of tonight it’ll be down to two, France and Engla...well, we’ll wait and see. ;) Best of luck to your chosen team coming in a winner (as long as it’s England) and you hopefully winning a pretty sweet limited edition 10 GA shotgun. That damascus barrel, gorgeous!

Aaaand on the topic of football…

Show Your Colours!

We’ve dusted off a whole load of football goodies from previous years and they can currently be found under the “Events” section of our store. We have caps, shirts, and of course this year’s pants all for the taking!

COMPETITION - Pointer Perfection



Last week we introduced you to the latest addition to our line-up of canine hunting companions in the form of a German Pointer. Now it’s time to put him/her to work!

This competition is quite freestyle and offers lots of space for interesting entries, simply put we want you to share an image of you out on the hunt with your new “best friend”. We’ll be judging on the following:

  • Aesthetics - Does it look good?
  • Uniqueness - Maybe your pooch lead you to an albino or a monster buck?
  • Creativity - Maybe you showed something “unique” in your composition?
  • Storytelling - Maybe you want to do a short (emphasis on short, just a few paragraphs max) write-up of your adventures?

So, plenty of ways to make your entry stand-out this time around, so no need to get concerned if you aren’t normally the artistic type! As is typical for most of our competitions of this type, please do not edit any pictures, they should be taken in-game using only our existing filters etc. Don’t forget to link to a hunting log if your picture is showing off a particularly large trophy!

Post your entries here: https://forum.thehunter.com/viewtopic.php?f=142&t=87702

Aaaand again with another perfect segway...on the topic of dogs:

Pointers on your Pointer - An Instructional video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpeVMowttZo
Our wonderful art team have taken the time to put together this handy tutorial video to guide you around the talents and inner workings of the German Pointer. There’s a lot of useful info that applies to all of our dog breeds, so it’s worth a look!

Sneak Peek - Community Competition

I thought I’d include a little hint as to what we have coming up soon. Our wonderful Italian theHunter community have regular competitions in partnership with an Italian ammunition manufacturer, Fiocchi Munizioni (you may have seen us wear some of their merch goodies on the stream in the past). Now they are opening up a special event for our entire community to take part in!

This one is going to be extra special with some awesome physical prizes to be won in addition the normal em$ prizes you’ve come to expect. I’ll say again, this is a biggie! Watch for more news from Mat next week.

Rare and Trophy of the Week

This competition has become so popular that we have decided to make it a permanent feature and it’s here to stay for the foreseeable future!

So, if you have shot a rare or high scoring animal from this week and want a chance to win, then share them in the correct thread on our forum, don’t forget to mention the score!

We were sure to dig a little further back this time around to take into account missing a week with Mat’s daddy leave etc. Also, because I’m feeling generous, this week I picked out two of each category!

This Weeks Winners



Rares of course involve a good solid dose of good ‘ol luck alongside your hunting skills. What’s luckier than starting off your hunt to find an albino Roe parked up right in front of you?! Congrats to you Nathan112244!


Winner number two is RavenousFox with this beauty of a (white)Blacktail. That’s a fine looking albino!, and some equally fine dress sense! Final score: 159.293


AlphaSwan just snuck into this week’s bracket with this cracker of a Gadwall. With a final score of 1399.965 that’s straight to the top of the leaderboard for you sir!


Sometimes hard work pays-off, and for XxStrong1xX this tough hunt resulted in the #9 spot of our Boar leaderboard, tallying in at a score of 1244.314

IMPORTANT: Please respond in the forum thread for this Status Update with your in-game nickname so I can get your prize to you. Just a favour this time to speed things up and stop me digging around to find your original posts again. ;)

Thanks for taking part everybody!

Free Species Rotation


And to sign out this week’s Status Update, we have this week’s Free Species Rotation, you’ll be able to hunt these (Black Bear and Blacktail Deer) license-free from tomorrow

That about wraps-up our Status Update for this week. Stay tuned for the next one from Mat!

/Graham
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July 9

Game Update - 9th July 2018

Hello Hunters!

We just pushed a patch with a few assorted tweaks and changes, mostly to dogs. Please see below:

Changes
  • Inventory interface should be back to its former glory.
  • German Pointer - Reduced Detection stamina drain and increased exp acquired from a successful Detection.

Bug fixes
  • Dogs cannot use skills of other dog types.
  • The player cannot use hotkeys to issue a command that doesn’t exist for the dog that is currently equipped.
  • Fixed a bug where dogs kept its tracking active even when it was no longer the currently active dog.
  • Dog does not appear as a “species” in the competition, ethical species list and membership page.
  • Fixed invincible overweight Canada Goose bug once and for all.
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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 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

    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • 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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