Status Update

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!

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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!

Don’t forget that you can see our full Football Jamboree run-down here

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 here We have caps, shirts, and of course this year’s pants all for the taking!

COMPETITION – Pointer Perfection

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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.

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

Pointers on your Pointer – An Instructional video

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

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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

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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!
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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

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And to sign out this week’s Status Update, we have this week’s Free Species Rotation, you’ll be able to hunt these 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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Game update

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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Status Update

Hello Hunters!

I’ll be covering for Mat again with this Status Update whilst he continues to enjoy some quality time with his newly-expanded family, if you didn’t send your congratulations yet feel free to go and say hi in our forum thread here

Otherwise please read on for some info on the goings on both recently and in the near future!

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The EHR is soon to get that bit classier as it’s filled with dashing ladies and gents wearing this new beautiful herringbone tweed hunting outfit. Not only does this outfit guarantee to get you the best table in any post-hunt restaurant you visit, but it also provides extra camouflage when hunting deer or rabbits. Jolly Good! Look for the “English Hunting” items in store.

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! Rares go into this thread and trophy animals into this one. We currently don’t have a competition for Non-Typicals, but they go into this thread.

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.

This Weeks Winners
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This week’s Rare of the Week goes to “Essacksumra” for this beautiful piebald blacktail! With such a nicely composed trophy shot this one just about nudged out some other excellent contenders to take the win.  Final scoring was 78.111.


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And our Trophy of the Week just HAS to go to this whopper (seems weird to use that descriptor for a Roe Deer) of a trophy!  “Vanndy” took themselves straight to the top of the leaderboard with solid score of 261.027, Big congrats to you!

Free Species Rotation
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This time around you can take your pick between wild boar or reindeer.  Best of luck to all of you!

Fixed Issues With Hunter Score After .300 Merge

The issue known as the” missing HunterScore due to the merge of the .300 rifles” was resolved last week. The servers should at this point have recalculated all scores, if you continue to notice something appears off please do let us know!

Summer is Coming!

Those of you who’ve been around a while will know that Sweden has pretty awesome employment laws when it comes to vacation, and we also have about two weeks out of every year to actually see the sun.  As such, things will start to slow down a little over the next weeks as people start to head away for some well-earned R&R, we’ll have a full studio shutdown for the last two weeks of July in fact. So don’t panic if things seem a little slow, we’ll be back filled with new energy and raring to go!

Thanks for reading, and see you all next time!
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Game Update

Hello Hunters,

Please see the details of today’s game update below:

Bug fixes:

  • Deployable targets now spawn at any distance.
  • Fix to hunting tower so the wobble is now reduced when in the tower.
  • Fixed issue with hunting towers being returned to inventory after being dismantled.
  • Fixed climbing gear being interactable at all times.
  • Fixed possible crash when removing an enterable.
  • Fixed potential crash when another player with placed deployable targets disconnected.
  • Bullet holes will no longer show on backside of deployable target bell.
  • Fixed a bug where arrows could sometimes show multiple impact effects.

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Status Update

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!

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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 (twitch.tv/expansiveworlds), 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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Game Update

Hello Hunters,

Please see our changes in today’s Game Update below:

Additions:

  • New Animal – Magpie Goose in Piccabeen Bay.
  • Added 3 Magpie Goose static decoys and 1 Flapping Wings decoy.
  • Added Magpie Goose short range and long range caller.
  • Added Magpie Goose Flag Lure (aka Flappy Stick).
  • Jungle Camo Waterfowl Blind.

 

Changes:

  • New Albino skins for Mule and Black Tail Deer.
  • Images in Tropical Trophy Lodge should now reflect Tropical Podge Winners.

 

Bug fixes:

  • Crash fix for WRR.

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Game Update

Hello Hunters,

Please see the changes for today’s Game Update below:

Features:

  • New Albino fur textures on the Moose and Whitetail Deer.

Changes:

  • Sambar Deer will now share the same ethical permitted ammunition list as the Elk.

Bug fixes:

  • Fixed misplaced internal organs of the Feral Goat.
  • Bobcat cautious state now syncs in multiplayer.
  • Fixed charge sound on Feral Hogs.
  • Shiver camera shake added.
  • Fixed localisation string for trophy shots in a multiplayer game.
  • Fixed 9.3x74R Gunracks.
  • 9.3x74R O/U Rifle: Switched ammo in single reload animation.
  • 9.3x74R ballistics improved.
  • Glass material for the 1.1-8×30 Rifle Scope is now fixed.

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Status Update

Hello Hunters!

It’s the end of the week, and therefore time for another Status Update! The office is very calm right now as everybody is back, rested after the holidays, and hard at work creating new content and game improvements.  On Wednesday we added some new backpacks for your hunting dogs and the team is getting up to speed on lots of other goodies to make 2018 a year to remember!

Wish You Were Here…

We recently wrapped up the Piccabeen Postcard competition that TreeKiwi has been running on our forum.  We’ve had a lot of great entries to choose from and finally settled on the top three, feel free to check them all out on the above linked thread, but for convenience here’s our winning entry from DarkHunterxx (big congrats!):

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These Missions are the G.O.A.T!

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I hope that pun “worked”, but in any case, we have new missions!  This week we added a whole new series of activities for you to do based around our agile Feral Goat population.  These missions certainly raised a few chuckles when we showed them off on stream, we hope the rest of you enjoy them.  The concept itself came from forum member Tanngnjost, many thanks!

Our Bags are Packed…

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Or well, our ever-faithful hunting dog’s bags are!  This week’s new content consisted of two stylish, and very functional, packs for your dogs to carry supplies in.  The two new colour options consist of the Summer Forest and Winter Forest patterns and are sure to look great on any occasion!  Or well, I guess the purpose of camouflage is not to be “seen” at all…but you get my meaning. 😉

Free Species Rotation

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To aid everybody in their feral goat missions they are of course on free rotation this week, along with one of our newest arrivals to the EHR, the Sitka Deer.

Back to Goats…

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To complement our new missions we’ve discounted a whole bunch of goodies that’ll come in handy.  Please do drop by the in-game store and take your pick, I highly recommend that 7mm Bullpup if you didn’t have one already!

Until next week!

/Graham

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Status Update

Hello Hunters,

Welcome to the last Status Update of the year! As you’ve likely noticed we’ve been progressively getting more festive, and soon marks the time when the Devs will go away for a well deserved break, and lots of holiday food!

On the Subject of the Holidays…

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A quick update on our Holiday Event!  We still have plenty more to go and we are seeing some excellent participation from all of our fans.  Best of luck grabbing some prizes!  The prizes themselves you can count on receiving in the New Year at the very latest, although all being well you should get them on the 25th (that 9.3x74R O/U sure makes for a great gift for the lucky winners!).

Don’t forget that our very own Mat/TreeKiwi/TK (he goes by many names, can get confusing…) will be continuing with some streams and assisting with those missions during the break, so please do check in and keep him company! twitch.tv/expansiveworlds

The Holidays Came Early!

We had some VERY happy Devs recently when this aid package arrived all the way from Vienna!

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Community member D3AKUs sent us a box containing all kinds of delicious Austrian goodies, my stomach was pleased, my bathroom scales likely not so much!  D3AKUs, thank you SO much, it’s really appreciated and we hope that in return we can give you the gift of an awesome game, all throughout 2018, and for many more years to come!

Deck the Halls (or Trophy Lodge…)

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We highly recommend you take a peek at your “Classy” style trophy lodges before the holiday period ends.  We’ve sprinkled some seasonal magic around and feel that it’s now really the place to be to really get into that festive spirit!  Sources say that the red in the decoration really sets off that in Rudolph’s nose quite nicely. 😉

Free Rotation

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Our current free rotation for our guest hunters bring the Feral Goat and Arctic Fox into the mix.  Extra-stealthy tactics will be needed to get past the heightened senses of these two creatures, good luck!

This sign’s me out personally until next year, but keep your eyes peeled for a Holiday farewell from the rest of the team very soon!

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Status Update

Hi Hunters!

Or maybe we should say “G’day”? Today marks the unveiling of Piccabeen Bay!

The team has been hard at work over the past months creating what we hope to be  one of our best reserves to date. We set the bar pretty high when we created Timbergold Trails, and we have aimed to maintain that same standard of quality, love and attention to detail with Piccabeen Bay. As well as all-new flora and species, there’s been some technical changes we’ve rolled out for the first time. Read on or the full run-down!

A New Reserve, With New Inhabitants

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When stalking the tropical woodlands of Piccabeen Bay. we’d recommend you bring out the “big guns”. This reserve features our biggest animal to date (also, the biggest horns – a real treasure for your trophy lodges), the mighty Water Buffalo! This sedate-looking bovid, as its name suggests, can often be found wandering around swamps or rivers. But be on the lookout, the Buffalo’s calm exterior gives way to fearsome charges should it feel threatened. No hunter wants to be on the receiving end of 600 kg (1,300 lb) of charging horns and muscle!

On the subject of big bovids, we move on to our next inhabitant of Piccabeen Bay, the Banteng. Although at a glance similar in appearance to the Buffalo, a Banteng can be easily differentiated by its high, almost upright, curved horns. No need to panic should you meet one, these are a lot more docile than their Buffalo cousins! Originally introduced to Northern Australia by the British as a livestock animal, the Banteng fast adapted to its new home and spread prolifically.

Moving away from the big lumbering beasts above to the more delicate Rusa and Sambar deer. These two deer species are biologically allied but can be differentiated by their size. Whilst a big Sambar can weigh up to 546 kg (1,204 lb) the Rusa is much more diminutive with around 135 kg (300 lb) being more common. Both animals however sport a fine rack of antlers that will be sure to look great in your trophy lodges! We’ve also equipped Rusa and Sambar with some lovely new behaviours and animations, and hope you’ll enjoy the new level of realism and immersion they offer. You can grab the new Rusa Deer “Grunt” Caller in the store, however hunting Sambar Deer will require extra skill and patience. We plan to release urine sprays for Sambar and Rusa deer in the not-too-distant future.

Now for our last inhabitant of Piccabeen Bay, we shouldn’t forget the Feral Hogs! Unlike the Wild Boar, this animal has clear lineage to domesticated livestock and tends to either be an escapee of farms, or a direct descendant of said freedom-loving suidae. Pigs of all kinds are lets say… very enthusiastic feeders. Their foraging and digging of roots can cause extensive damage to plants, even resulting in serious erosion issues around rivers and such. Save the world, hunt a Feral Hog! 😉

Things Are Hotting Up!

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Inspired by the hot tropical forest region of Australia, we wanted to differentiate the feeling of the reserve with more than just new plant life and animals. Similar to Whiterime Ridge, we have introduced a map-wide mechanic which takes into account the punishing nature of the climate.

The new warm weather mechanic is something that will begin to take effect as you progress into long hunts. Your screen edges will start to blur and your aim will not be as true or steady as it was before. In order to combat this, we’ve introduced a new Water bottle item (you’ll receive three of these for free, and they replenish automatically at the beginning of each session) which you can take a sip from to stave off the effects from the heat. Like in real life, you slowly recover when standing still and overheat faster when running. You also need to be smart about the clothes you are wearing (all the basic clothes you received for free when registering for an account at theHunter will work great, and you can find the new warm weather resistance parameter in the store description for each clothing item). The new Sneaky 3D Tropical Forest camo gear with its high-tech synthetic materials will keep you protected not only against the heat but also from animals’ eyes. On an average-length hunting session, you shouldn’t feel overly impacted by this effect, but we would NOT recommend wearing arctic gear or bringing your heated tents!

In addition to Piccabeen Bay, the new warm weather gameplay mechanic has been rolled out to Bushrangers Run, given the similar climate. The Outback outfit, a common choice for hunters of Bushrangers Run, will also help keep the warm weather effects at bay.

What’s Special About This Reserve?  A Word From Alena.

The tropical forest environment was the clear winner of our last player survey and we were happy to take this opportunity to add something new and unique to theHunter Classic.

For one, our programmer Patrik took a stab at something we wanted to implement for a long time – running water. You can find small rivers with running water throughout Piccabeen Bay.

Secondly, we’ve also added thunder and lightning, to add a special touch of atmosphere to this reserve when it rains. Like Timbergold Trails, released last year, Piccabeen Bay won’t support low settings. This means both Timbergold Trails and Piccabeen Bay are forced to medium scene complexity, even if you set this to low in the launcher. For more information on this decision, please check this status update.

Since technology development doesn’t stand still and we keep receiving conflicting reviews on how the game plays on some computers, today we are introducing “recommended settings”.

Recommended settings:

  • Operating System: Windows 10 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2600 CPU @ 3.40GHz (8 CPUs), ~3.4GHz or Higher
  • Memory: 8GB RAM
  • Graphics Card: GeForce GTX760 or Higher

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