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 (133) - 51% of the 133 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
All Reviews:
Mixed (25,648) - 42% of the 25,648 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Jun 3, 2014

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May 16

Status Update - 16th May 2016

Hello Hunters,

Graham here standing in for Mat as he undertakes some essential beard maintenance (facial hair that magnificent takes a lot of work!), as such this Status Update will just be a short mention on today’s store changes, normal business resumes next week!

So, on with the news:

.30-06 Fiesta!

Cast your memories back to last year’s Summer Fiesta, you’ll remember a very special Forest Camo variant of the .30-06 lever-action rifle which only a few had the opportunity to win. Today it’s been opened up for general sale to everybody!

You can pick up your very own .30-06 Lever Action – Forest Camo from the store now for 550 em$.

As always, our stream kicks off on twitch tomorrow at 16:00 CEST, we are hopeful we have something extra-special to show off this week, but more news will follow on Thursday.

See you then!
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May 9

Status Update - 9th May 2018

Hello Hunters,

Today’s status update will be a little shorter than usual, but next week's one will be jam packed again, make sure you don’t miss it! This week in Sweden we have a public holiday on Thursday, so if communications appear a little slower, this will be why. Everything will be back to normal on Friday and hopefully you don’t even notice we are gone!

2018 Sneakathon Event

This week we kicked off our annual Sneakathon Event. It runs for 7 days and consists of daily sales, tiered competitions which are free and a brand new ‘Grand Competition’, which has a small entry fee. It is a little optional extra but gives you the chance to compete for much better prizes. All the competitions have some very challenging components to them and I am sure they will be very satisfying once completed. Before we get into the prizes, I would just like to state that the ‘Grand Competition’ is just a trial at this stage. We are closely monitoring community feedback and will also look at the event statistics to see how the wider community liked the event. There has already been some great feedback come in and with the community survey closing today, I am sure we will have even more feedback to consider.

Now prizes!

There will be three different tiered competitions to test your luck, spread across the week and they have the following prize pool:
  • 1st Place - Trophy and 150em$
  • 2nd Place - Trophy and 100em$
  • 3rd Place - Trophy and 50em$
  • 4th-10th Place - Trophy and 25em$

The 'Grand Sneakathon Competition: The True Silent Hunter' Competition runs the full 7 days and for a small 10em$ you have a much better prize pool to chance your luck at:

  • 1st Place - Special Trophy and 300em$
  • 2nd Place - Special Trophy and 200em$
  • 3rd Place - Special Trophy and 100em$
  • 4th-10th Place - Special Trophy and 50em$

You can purchase your ticket for the ‘Grand Master Competition’ here and enter all the competitions here.

Here are the very nice trophies you have a chance at winning.

Good luck all!

theHunter: Classic Player Survey 2018

The 2018 Player Survey is now closed. We had a great response and I am pleased to say that, despite early fears, all the results look normal and we will be adding lots more Ptarmigan species on all of the maps… I am just joking, put that rotten fruit down!

Time to announce the winners of the em$! Multiple entries were removed from the results and winners were decided using a random number generator.

Congratulations to:
  • Baron11
  • ViolynceNox
  • Elrique64
All the em$ have been delivered to your accounts, enjoy.

On behalf of all the team here at theHunter: Classic I would like to thank everyone for taking the time to fill in the survey.

[b[Albino Ambition #2[/b]

We have updated both the Mule and Blacktail Deer Albino skins and if you happen to shoot one of the new ones, make sure you post it in our forums for your chance to win some sweet prizes! It will run for a whole month and we will be picking one winner every week. Good luck!

This weeks winner:

Bloopy0123 for this very nice doe! Congrats.

How many Magpie Geese were shot?

In last weeks Status Update there was a guessing competition and people had to enter their guesses over on our forums. There were 35,772 Magpie Geese shot as of 10am CEST last Wednesday and that means our winner is TriRap02 with a guess of 35,000 and a difference of only 772. Well done!

What’s on the Lathe?

New Gameplay Enhancement

You have had two clues now and following the recap, you will be able to find the new third clue.

First Clue:

Second clue:

New Clue:

Actually you know what… Here is a 4th clue. The new gameplay enhancement comes with a few new items... ;)

Known Issue(s)/Fixes

Flickering Scope Bug. We are confident we have found the cause of this bug, it was a tricky issue to locate. As usual we will monitor the community to make sure it has be resolved, this will be patched in the next update.

Missing Rabbit/Hare sign. We have received reports of ‘roaming tracks’ and other signs missing for all the Rabbit/Hare species, we are looking into it and will have a fix out for it as soon as it is resolved. But just to put your mind at rest, the animals ARE still in the game and can be harvested if shot. (Ongoing Investigation)

Missing Hunter Score. This was caused by both the .300 and .300 carbon being merged by mistake. We are looking into a possible fix and will have more information to you as soon as we have a solution. Sorry! (Ongoing Investigation)

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!

This Week’s Winners

The ‘Trophy of the Week’ is this MASSIVE Whitetail Deer which was shot by Granti. It has an impressive score of 204,998, congratulations! If you are unsure of what many consider a trophy Whitetail, it is anything over the 175 scoring mark.

And the ‘Rare of the Week’ goes to Bloop0123 for this Albino Fox, with a score of 17.544. An amazing trophy, one many would class this as a super rare, congratulations and I bet it looks great in your Trophy Lodge!

Free Rotation

This week's free rotation, which changes today, as tomorrow is a public holiday here, lets our guest hunters test their skills against Arctic Fox and Bobcats. Good luck and have fun!

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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