Hi all!I just wanted to give you a short update in place of the normal Status Update whilst TK is enjoying some well-earned vacation. You all might have heard of a little thing called “Generation Zero” that’s been keeping me particularly busy, so unfortunately it’ll have to be short and sweet. Normal service resumed next week!
Halloween 2018 Teaser
The whole team are working hard to give you an extra special Halloween event this year. Once the finishing touches are in place we will release the full details along with the Status Update next week. Until then, build up your hunting skills (and your nerves!) for one of our most spooky events yet!
This week it’s all about bunnies! Small, but challenging, they’re at the complete opposite of the spectrum to what you can expect to hunt next week. 😉
These have had to be put on hold this week. We’ll do a double-draw next week, one for each time period, so if you got an extra-special trophy this week don’t worry!
Stream Tomorrow Cancelled
Again, as Mat is on R&R the stream will be cancelled this week. But, the good news is we are back next week with an extra-special spooky Halloween stream featuring our Game Designer Patrick, and Call of the Wild Community Manager AC. Tune-in then, it’s going to be awesome!
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!
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!
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
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!
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
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 license-free from tomorrow
That about wraps-up our Status Update for this week. Stay tuned for the next one from Mat!
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!
Good Shot Old Chap!
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
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.
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
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! Comments
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:
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!
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.
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!):
These Missions are the G.O.A.T!
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…
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
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…
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!
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…
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!
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…)
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. 😉
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!