release date
March 5, 2009

The most realistic hunting simulation ever is free to play, easy to get into but very hard to master.

Players are free to explore all aspects of the wilderness, including rugged North American forests, German highland and Swedish mountain ridges, swamplands and frozen lakes. Animals to hunt include Moose, Coyote, Wild boar, Black bear, Deer, Red Fox, Canadian Goose, Mallard and many more. Each species reacts to outside stimuli like they would in reality, including visuals, sound and scent – so take cover, keep still and don't forget to keep an eye on the ever-changing wind direction. Players can also track animals using blood trails, scat or foot prints. A wide variety of rifles, bows and lures are available to choose from.

Not into hunting? Bring a virtual camera and simply enjoy the beautiful scenery!

In June 2013, a multiplayer mode was released, allowing members to host and join hunting trips with up to 8 players. The same release also included a new set of animations, a new inventory interface additional outfits and a brand new community website.

According to PC Gamer, theHunter is "an incredibly tense and gorgeous experience", and we could not agree more. Join more than 3 million virtual hunters for free today at!

Ever Evolving – theHunter is always evolving. The dedicated theHunter team at Expansive Worlds (an Avalanche Studios subsidiary) are always adding new weapons, gadgets, animals, gameplay modes and even entire reserves. Additionally, the team maintains an ongoing, close dialogue with the amazing theHunter community, listening closely and acting on their feedback.

Engaging Open World – Explore seven widely different hunting reserves ranging from North American forests to Central European mountain ranges. Making full use of the proprietary Avalanche Engine you know and love from Just Cause 2, hunting sessions feature day and night cycles, subtle lighting and shading and natural weather effects.

Hunt with Friends – theHunter supports up to 8 players in competitive or co-op multiplayer. Invite your friends, organize a hunting trip and work together as a team or challenge each other! Who can take home the biggest trophy?

Show off Your Skills – Join competitions, events and leader boards. YourHunterscore and your skills will improve as you play. Do you have what it takes to become the greatest hunter in Evergreen Hunting Reserve?

Track Your Progress – Every step taken, every animal spotted, every shot fired and every trophy brought home is tracked and shown on your profile page. Look back, analyze and share with your hunting buddies.

Expand Your Experience – Want even more out of your hunting experience? Additional guns, ammo, licenses and equipment can be purchased using phone, credit card or Paypal. Subscriptions never auto-renew.

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