September 17, 2008
Emote Games and Avalanche Studios Announce
New Free to Play Online Hunting Game Merges Realistic Hunting Action With
Social Network Functionality
Emote Games, an online games publisher, and Avalanche Studios, a game developer
specializing in state of the art, real-life landscape technology, have formed a
best of breed partnership to launch The Hunter, a free to play online hunting
game that artfully combines the most realistic hunting action, with the
community and functionality of a social networking site.
Entering its beta testing phase next month, The Hunter features an incredibly
realistic and visually detailed hunting environment with true to life animal
behaviors. Uniquely, the game gives players the social network tools and
web interface to build an online community of hunters, all of whom experience
the thrill of the hunt within a connected environment.
Players can track and hunt a huge variety of animals from small varmints to big
game and is packed full of challenges, tournaments and competitions, allowing
the gamer to work closely with other players to complete objectives while
striving for that perfect shot and that record buck.
By using the social interface to post journal entries and images of their latest
trophies, players can show their in-game hunts to their friends and the wider
online community. Thanks to its online presence, The Hunter will continually
evolve with regular updates and the release of new features, including new
missions, hunting gear, animals and varied hunting terrains and habitats.
Most importantly, the development team behind The Hunter is committed to
maintaining an ongoing dialogue with its online community to contribute ideas
and suggestions for the game to make it the most realistic hunting experience
Christofer Sundberg, Avalanche Founder & Creative Director said: “The Hunter
offers an amazing real-life hunting experience. Using our next-generation
landscape engine we are able to recreate the ‘out in the field’ hunting
experience that includes a wide range of weather, animal behavior and terrain
that can be shared within the gaming community as well as across other popular
social networks to extend this phenomenally rich game experience.”
As the game continually develops, Emote Games anticipates The Hunter to become a
top destination for gamers and fans of hunting games. Emote is currently
in talks with a range of potential partners to gain valuable insight into the
world of hunting in order to offer a full and varied hunting experience as close
to the real thing as possible.
Adds Morgan O’Rahilly, CEO, Emote Games: “We are delighted to be working with
Avalanche Studios. Emote is passionate about making this game as true to
life as possible, so when it came to choosing a development partner, we wanted
to ensure we were working with the best. We are currently in discussions
with hunting communities across the US to develop long-term mutual partnerships
with experts and suppliers to make The Hunter the world’s best hunting game.”
The Hunter will be available on PC and web with mobile and console versions to
www.thehunter.com to register to participate in the open beta program
and receive free updates.