Status Update

Hello Hunters,

This week has been so busy and the days have passed by so fast, I had to look twice when I saw it was Thursday today. Well worth it with all the great stuff we have coming up though! As per usual we have a lot to share with you today, be sure to let us know your thoughts in the forums, there is a link to the discussion at the bottom of this Status Update.

 

Love is in the Air!

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This week we kicked off our annual ‘Valentine’s Event’ and you guys and girls have not wasted any time in getting involved in daily competitions and events. The leaderboard is very closely contested and it’s still anyone’s for the taking! There are some sweet prizes up for grabs as well as a ‘Deployable Hunting Tower’ which you can get for just completing the mission pack. More details and information can be found HERE.

 

New Item Release

Next week there will be a new item going live in the store, I am trying to think of some sort of hint for you to guess. However the only ones I can think of are nothing but smoke and mirrors!

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But if you tune into today’s Classic stream at 4pm CET, we will be using the new item and I think once all the smoke clears, you are going to love it! Tune in HERE www.twitch.com/expansiveworlds today 4pm CET.

 

What’s on the Lathe?

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New Live Competition: Pistols at Noon!

As I mentioned last week we are launching our very first Live contest that will be held on Twitch. I have some more great news to share with you all, the team have been hard at work and have developed an in-game camera that I can use to film the competition. For obvious reasons it is only available to Staff accounts, it makes me invisible to the players and animals will not spook. This should make for some very exciting footage and Graham and I will be doing our best impression of some ESPN commentators.

The winners are drawn next week on Tuesday at Noon, so you still have lots of time to get yourself entered. For more details and how to enter the competition, please head HERE.

 

Albino Ambition

Today signals the end of the competition. It has run for the last 4 weeks and there have been lots of amazing albinos shot. Thanks to everyone who entered, we might even run a similar event in the future. To have a look at the competition and how it ended up click HERE.

The final week’s winner is Paqer for this very nice Moose with a score of 154.348, congratulations!

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Rare and Trophy of the Week

The new weekly social media competitions are going well and it’s great to see so many new people coming into the forums. 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.

This Weeks Winners

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The ‘Rare of the Week’ is this very nice Bighorn Sheep which was shot by LeafyIsAwesome. This to many would be classed as a super rare, as lots of veteran players have never even laid their eyes on one. Congratulations!

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And the ‘Trophy of the Week’ goes to Serab86 for this very nice Sitka deer. It has an impressive score of 109.882. Great stuff!

 

Free Rotation

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This week’s free rotation lets our guest hunters test their skills against Snowshoe Hares and Rocky Mountain Elk. Polar opposites… Get it?

Best of luck out there and I hope you all have a good weekend!

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Status Update

Hello Hunters,

How are we all this week? Good, I hope!

We have another full Status Update this week, so grab a cuppa, put your feet up and have a read!

 

What is that Smell?

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So as promised, yesterday we released new scent sprays for both Sambar and Rusa deer. These will now help hunters to secure these two illusive species, Sambar more so than ever! You can purchase them here, we look forward to seeing everyones results. Today’s stream will be focused on these sprays, come watch today at 4pm CET to see how they work. Watch Here.

 

So many Goats, so many competitions!

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So as some of you will have seen, we announced a winner for the Feral Goat competitions last week, who was not originally announced as a winner.

We have to put our hand up here and say sorry, a mistake on our end. Basically Treedweller had the most complete, well-rounded set of challenges as a standalone entry, but the other winners had some of the most interesting individual challenges. The decision was taken to incorporate more people from the community and split it amongst multiple people rather than award a prize to a single person – but we were really impressed with all six entries. Then when it came to preparing the competitions for players, due to a miscommunication, Treedweller’s complete competition set was created. But we have actually come up with a solution that will see everyone with a big grin on their faces, including the wider community.

Today we have included the other 5 winners competitions as well, yes that’s right! This means that there will now be a total of 12 unique competitions. This means there is now more chance for you guys to get some of those sweet em$ and string some interesting Goat hunts together!

Patrick has been hard at work getting the other winning entries implemented and today they go into the competition rotation as well.

Get lemons -> Make lemonade.

Congratulations to Madrugo, TheSheWolf, Pittie, TR_GorkemCanakcili, KingOmar and Treedweller.

 

What’s on the Lathe?

 

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New Live Competition: Pistols at Noon!

We are super excited to announce our first ever ‘Live’ competition. This is a trial run event and all going well, hopefully we can make them more regular.

The details:

  • Players must enter the draw for a chance to compete.
  • Only four Hunters will be selected.
  • The event will be broadcast live on Twitch, 4pm CET Thursday the 22nd of February.
  • The contestants must be available on the 22nd from 3:30pm CET to do checks, until 6pm CET.
  • If someone fails to show we will select a Hunter from the Twitch chat.
  • The competition will be Pistol based and will be split into two separate events, each event being an hour long.
  • Competitors must own either a .22 grasshopper or .357 Revolver and either a .44 Magnum or 10mm Pistol.
  • Competitors are encouraged to have/use Discord, but this is not essential.
  • We cannot be held accountable for other people’s’ connections and you enter knowing that having a bad connection might hamper your chances of doing well in the competitions.
  • Prizes for first and second will be an unreleased Item, third and fourth will not walk away empty handed.
  • Prizes will be confirmed next Wednesday the 14th.
  • Winners will be selected on Tuesday the 20th at Noon CET.
  • One entry per player.

If you have any questions and/or would like to enter the competition, please click here.

 

Roses are red, Rusa’s go poop, I am bad at poems… Sorry.

So as most people probably know it’s Valentine’s day next week, if you didn’t and had forgotten, you can thank me later 😉 . The whole week is going to be full of missions, competitions, sales and more. It all kicks off this coming Monday morning and hopefully it hits you all, right in the feels.

 

Albino Ambition

Today we enter the last week of this competition, it feels like the new skins have been out a lot longer! So if you shoot either an Albino Moose or Whitetail this week, be sure to enter them, as it’s your last chance to win!

This week’s winner is Riccardo_84 for this very nice Moose with a score of 151.361, congratulations!

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Rare and Trophy of the Week

The new weekly social media competitions are going well and it’s great to see so many new people coming into the forums. 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.

This Weeks Winners

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The ‘Rare of the Week’ is this very nice Albino Moose which was shot by TheNightOwl. With such a nice trophy shot, it was hard to pass by. Congratulations!

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And the ‘Trophy of the Week’ goes to Lateralus for this very nice Sambar deer. It has an impressive score of 341.653. Great stuff!

Free Rotation

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This week’s free rotation lets our guest hunters test their skills against Sambar and Rusa deer. The new scent sprays will come in handy for sure!

Best of luck out there and I hope you all have a good weekend!

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Status Update

Hello Hunters,

How has everyone’s week gone? Anyone managed to bag any good animals? I managed to get a new PB Mule Deer which scored 243, it was a nice surprise as I seem to be lucky with the rares, but never any top scoring animals. Anyway, enough about me, let’s take a look at what’s happening with the game this week!

Was that a cannon I heard?

New .405 Lever Action Rifle

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A lot of people have been requesting a new rifle to deal with the stronger animals in the game and we have just released a classic that perfectly fits the bill!

The .405 is a classic rifle and traditionally it never had any optics. This is because of where the breach is located, how it is loaded and how the shells are ejected. So to keep it as true to the real gun, currently there are no scopes for it. In saying that, it is designed for the biggest of animals and these tend to present a much bigger target and are generally easier to get close to. I took it to the range before and can hit the bulls eye at 100m with ease, I might have also shot a few clays with it 😉 There is a great discussion taking place at the moment on our forums, take part Here.

New Competition: .405 Big Medicine Gun

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As traditional with any new weapon release, we have a competition to complement it. This time it’s a combination of your heaviest Moose, Banteng and Water Buffalo. More details can be found Here.

What’s on the Lathe?

We have been working on some new competition ideas here at EW and the first one that I can hint at is our first ever live eSport-style event, where people will compete live on stream for a currently unreleased in-game item. If this sounds like a bit of fun to you, keep an eye on the forums next week for your chance to participate.

The WRR sound issue is nearly fixed and all going to plan you can expect it in a patch very soon, we understand how frustrating it is and we appreciate everyone’s patience.

We are still working on individualising the bear behaviour, more research is being done and then the programing will be tweaked to get their behaviour as true to real life as possible. Surprisingly enough Grizzly bears are more cautious than people (including myself) tend to think.

Albino Ambition

The new albino textures appear to have gone down a treat with everyone and the community competition is still running. This week’s winner is TalonLePineapple for this very nicely composed trophy shot.

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But I also must congratulate Gaffi for this lovely photo as well, it was very hard to pick between the two.

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There is still three weeks of the competition left, for more details and the correct post to enter them head Here

Rare and Trophy of the Week

The new weekly social media competitions are going well and it’s great to see so many new people coming into the forums. 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. Rares go into this thread Here and trophy animals into this One. We currently don’t have a competition for Non-Typical’s, but they go into this Thread.

This Weeks Winners

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The ‘Rare of the Week’ is this stunning albino Wolf which was shot by haldar and would you believe it? It was his first ever Wolf harvested! Congrats!

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And the ‘Trophy of the Week’ goes to Granti for this W-I-D-E Blacktail with a massive score of 195.5. Great stuff!

New Staff Member

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Introducing Silvia Scalisi, who is our new FullStack Developer. Please give her a warm welcome.

A little introduction from Silvia,

Hej Hunters! My name is Silvia Scalisi and I am a FullStack Developer working with the theHunter Classic in the Stockholm office. As a FullStack Developer, my goal is to build robust servers and appealing user interface for our players.

On the personal side, I am a Sicilian girl who moved to northern Europe two years ago. I enjoy cold temperatures so Sweden is a perfect fit for me :) I love playing retro games (Tetris is my favourite), going to Zumba classes, eating and preparing Japanese food and spending a lot of time laughing with friends! I am really happy to have joined the team. Ciao!

 

Free Rotation

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This week’s free rotation lets our guest hunters have a shot at Brown Bear and Moose. So load up your bear barrels and bring out the heavier guns this week!

Best of luck out there and I hope you all have a good weekend!

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Status Update

Hello Hunters,

I hope you are all having a good week. Winter has slapped us in the face hard (finally) here in Stockholm. It has been snowing since Tuesday and the snow is actually a nice change, as it illuminates everything at night and brightens up the short, dark, winter days!

So what’s new?

Updated Albino Textures

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So the term ‘deeper not wider’ gets thrown around from time to time and we hope that these updated Albino textures prove that we are still committed to making the game a more immersive experience and that we do listen to you guys and gals, in case you weren’t sure 😉

The new textures have been updated for Whitetail Deer and Moose and they were remade by our talented character artist Cecilia. If you are lucky enough to bag one, we have a competition running at the moment, to read more and enter Click Here. 

What is in the chamber?

We have been working on a lot already this year and as per usual we can’t talk about most of it just yet. But what I can tell you is that we are working on another new rifle, and if you are interested in an early look you should definitely tune into the stream this afternoon! We will be giving you all a sneak preview, 4pm CET Watch Here. We are also going to be trying our luck at getting some of the new Albinos.

Scent sprays are in the works for Sambar and Rusa, they are currently with the Beta testers making sure they smell… ahh, I mean work properly.

We are still working on the WRR sound issue and we have worked out a good long-term way to fix it. The nature of the fix however does mean that it is taking a little bit longer than originally expected, sorry for the inconvenience.

New Weekly Competitions

We have started two new weekly competitions which feature on our social media networks. ’Rare’ and ‘Trophy’ of the week are the two new competitions, and all the details are in the title really. As long as you have shot a Rare or Trophy animal from the past week, then put it in the Rares or TruRACS thread and we judge it as the most impressive of the week, you win some sweet em$. Here are this weeks winners.

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The ‘Rare of the Week’ is an amazing Piebald elk with a score of 394.487 by Radukukiller90

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And the ‘Trophy of the Week’ goes to xOEDragonx for her amazing Banteng with a score of 154.405

 

Free Rotation

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This week’s free rotation lets our guest hunters have a shot at Roosevelt Elk and Grey Wolves. Keep your ears open for that spine tingling Elk bugle and scan the river banks carefully for those Wolves!

Best of luck out there and I hope you all have a good weekend!

TK

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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,

TK here this time while Graham is showing me the ropes, nearly all of us are back and firing on all cylinders, the coffee machine has been working overtime for a few of us.

Whatever you celebrate, we trust you all had a great time with friends and family and once again we wish you all the best for the year ahead. So without further ado its time for the first Status Update of the year!

A Quick Recap of the Holiday event…

 

After 25 days of missions, competitions and more Jolly points given out than Santa could personally Ho Ho Ho about. The event came to a close and a massive congratulations must go out to the winners and all that competed. A list of the top 100 can be found HERE. All the prizes should have been allocated now, but if anyone is missing anything please let us know!

The ‘Holiday Helper’ streams were a great success and we managed to help many people complete the missions. Going forward for the year, the streams will revert back to their regular slot (Thursdays 4pm CET) but they will now be 2 hours long each time. If you haven’t watched one yet you should, we have lots of giveaways and often the streams are multiplayer orientated with an in game competition going. Click here for our Twitch Channel.

A New Year…

We have set the road map for this coming year and boy oh boy am I excited about the year we have ahead of us! Obviously we can’t talk about things more until they are closer to completion, what a tease right? But personally I am bursting at the seams to see this stuff get released!

Piccabeen Postcard Competition.

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We tried something a little out of the box this time and I must say we have had a great response and there are lots of great entries coming in! You still have time to get your postcard in if you haven’t, competition ends this Sunday at midnight CET. For more information and where to post them head Click HERE

Free Rotation

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Our current free rotation lets our guest hunters have a crack at Polar Bear and Bighorn sheep.  A good set of ears and sharp eyes are going to be needed to bag some of the Bighorn and make sure you keep a safe distance from those Polar Bears, good luck!

Now… I need to give that coffee machine a kick, its stopped producing the black liquid gold! See you all next week.

TK

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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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Status Update

Hello Hunters,

Weekend is fast approaching, and what better way to wrap up your week than with a read through our Status Update? We have the name of our new reserve to share, some behind the scenes chat with our art team, and new seasonal goodies have been dug out from the back of Doc’s Shed.

What Sounds Better than Tropical Forest?

Piccabeen Bay!  As Alena announced on-stream yesterday, we now have a name for our new Australia-inspired reserve!  We took a lot of inspiration from the suggestions that were made on the forum but didn’t quite find “the one”, as such we thought why not ask our resident in-team Aussie, Bethany?  The name itself comes from the Piccabeen palm, a.k.a Archontophoenix cunninghamiana, which you’ll find growing abundantly throughout  the reserve.  Here’s an example:The Hunter Screenshot 2017.12.08 - 14.12.01.43

Seeing IS Believing

Yesterday marked our first look at Piccabeen Bay as we played some of the new reserve live on stream.  Mat, myself (Graham), Alena, and special community guest, HooCairs took us through some of the sights and got face to face with the reserve’s inhabitants.  We even had a brief visit from an albino Buffalo, which we promptly lost in the foliage…lets hope one of you can find it for us when the reserve is live!

If you weren’t able to make the stream then please do take a look at the VOD (that’s what the cool kids call “video on demand” dontcha know?).

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We should mention that we’ll be streaming most days on the run-up to the holidays taking you through the Holiday Event Missions, but our next Piccabeen Bay stream will be on Tuesday 12th December.  Catch us at 16:00 CET at twitch.tv/expansiveworlds

Meet Some More of the Team

Of course the whole team is very busy putting in the final polish to the reserve, but I managed to grab one of our 3D artists, Mattias, and pitched him the same questions Moe and Carolina answered last week.

First-up are some examples of what it is that Mattias looks at, and creates, all day.  We have a view of Piccabeen Bay followed by some of the textures that went into the reserve itself.

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And some quick Q&A with Mattias himself:

What has been your favorite part of working on the new tropical forest reserve?

Mattias: I really enjoyed the opportunity to add new features, as well as cooperating with the programmers to improve things across the reserve.

What has been the trickiest part to get “just right”?

Mattias:  Getting the feeling of a dense tropical forest but still thinking about performance was a real challenge! 

What part of community interaction helps you most with your job?

Mattias: Getting feedback on plants, density, crossings are all very useful. (Graham: We had a great live example of the latter in our stream yesterday)

Tune in next week for some more art team behind the scenes with our 2D/3D artist, Johan.

What’s Up Doc?

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Doc is feeling festive and taken time to bring out some seasonal goodies from the back of his shed.  Feel free to drop by the store and pick out a nice holiday sweater or some accessories to make those hunts a little more “jolly”. 😉  On the subject of jolly…here’s some of the Marketing and theHunter Classic team today:

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Status Update

Hello Hunters!

We have a particularly packed update for you today, with news of holiday activities, upcoming content, store discounts and new faces on the team.  Grab yourself a comfy chair and dig in!

Our Team Size Just Leveled Up!

Please welcome the latest addition to the theHunterClassic team, Carolina!

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Hi​ ​all!

My​ ​name​ ​is​ ​Carolina​ ​and​ ​I​ ​have​ ​recently​ ​joined​ ​theHunter​ ​Classic team​ ​as​ ​an​ ​art​ ​intern​ ​from​ ​FutureGames​ ​where​ ​I​ ​study​ ​3D​ ​art.
Besides​ ​drawing,​ ​doing​ ​3D​ ​stuff​ ​and​ ​playing​ ​games​ ​I​ ​enjoy​ ​taking​ ​walks​ ​and​ ​train​ing ​my​ ​dog. It​ ​is​ ​a​ ​Toller​ ​(Nova​ ​Scotia​ ​Duck​ ​Tolling​ ​Retriever)​ ​and​ ​he​ ​is​ ​full​ ​of​ ​energy​ ​and​ ​loves​ ​agility!
I​ ​am​ ​very​ ​excited​ ​to​ ​join​ ​this​ ​awesome​ ​team​ ​at​ ​Expansive​ ​Worlds​ ​and look​ ​forward​ ​to​ ​working​ ​with​ ​everyone!

/Carolina

Please give Carolina a big welcome!  You can already see some of her work in the new Holiday Event trophies.  Which leads us to…

Winter (Holiday Event) Has Come.

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What would Winter be without traditions?  We all have our own to look forward to, but one thing I think we all share is our annual Holiday Event!

The event went live today and consists of a whole host of competitions, missions and store sales to keep you busy during the dark depths of winter (or well, not so dark for our fans in California perhaps, but you get the mood I’m conveying!).  Prizes range from in-game consumables, deployable towers, or even something really special, an as-yet unreleased 9.3x74R O/U Break Action Rifle!

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First place gets an extra cherry on top in the form of the also unreleased 1.1-8×30 Rifle Scope to go with their new weapon.  Oh, and there’ll be trophies, lots of trophies!

We kick things off with the “I’m Dreaming of a Whitetail Christmas” mission, so grab your weapon of choice and go bag some!

For our traditional holiday present this year our artist Johan made a special profile image, but you will have to work for it a bit. As soon as you get 80 000 jollyPoints, it’ll be unlocked in your Profile settings. Enjoy!

Remember, new activities and item sales kick off daily, so be sure to check-in!  Best advent calendar ever?

Downtime Compensation

In the theme of “giving” we are crediting all players with 2 days of premium license time to compensate for recent server issues.  We hope things will go a lot smoother for you all in the run up to holidays, apologies for any inconvenience caused.

A Behind the Scenes Look at Our Next Big Release

The work on our next reserve is coming along nicely (no, we can’t give you a release date just yet, but soon!), so we thought to give you a sneak peek at what’s to come, along with Q&A from some of the folks that are working to make it one of our most beautiful yet.  You’ll get a mix of some alpha in-game footage along with some animations and images straight from our artist’s tools!

First up some contributions from our Animator, Moe. Here you can see three different animations of the soon-to-be huntable water buffalo; a slow trot, stopping from a run, then an idling water buffalo in…umm, water. 😉

Next we have another new species, in an entirely new setting!  Feast your eyes on the graceful sambar deer, set in our new tropical forest environment.

Now, a short Q&A with Moe himself:

What research do you do to look for realistic poses or color tones for animals?

Moe: Before I start animating I take a couple of days to gather pictures & video references on how the animal moves and behaves, I also look into the animal skeletal shape and try to get it as accurate looking as possible.

What has been your favorite part of working on the new tropical forest reserve?

Moe: Water buffaloes!

What has been the trickiest part to get “just right”?

Moe: SWIMMING COWS! It took a lot of time to figure out how Water Buffalo behave in the water, it wasn’t easy to find good & clear video references.

And finally, what part of community interaction helps you most with your job?

Moe: Reading through our forums is very helpful, many of our community members are real life hunters and they always push us in the right direction.

Big thanks to Moe, spectacular work as I’m sure you’ll all agree!

Now we have some contributions from Cecilia, a Character Artist on theHunter Classic team.  In order of appearance, the Sambar Deer, Rusa Deer, Banteng, and then finally the water buffalo.  Again, these are taken direct from the tools Cecilia works with daily.

And the same questions we put to Moe, but from Cecilia’s perspective:

What research do you do to look for realistic poses or color tones for animals?

Cecilia: I try to find find good references, about 15+ images per gender, with at least one image per color variation. Then I project the textures onto the animal to get the correct colors and clean them up. Once the animal is in-game, I tweak the colors if they appear too dark or too bright.

What has been your favorite part of working on the new tropical forest reserve?

Cecilia: Sculpting the animals in Z-brush (work tool)

What has been the trickiest part to get “just right”?

Cecilia: The fur direction of the animal and finding good reference where the animal looks beautiful.

What part of community interaction helps you most with your job?

Cecilia: I’m inclined to agree with Moe!  The comments made by real hunters on our forums really helps us replicate animals in the setting of our game.

Want to See All of This In Action!

Join myself and Mat in next Thursday’s stream as we take you all on a tour of the reserve for the first time!  The stream begins at 16:00, Thursday December 7th, twitch.tv/expansiveworlds and we have a LOT to show you, so perhaps we can be convinced to stretch this one out some.  Come armed with lots of questions, and praise, we really like praise! 😉

On the topic of streaming, we’ll be kicking up the frequency a little in the run-up to the holidays as Mat gives you some advice on completing our daily missions.  Hit that “Follow” button on twitch so you can get notified when we go live!

And You Want to Name the Reserve Too?!

We are still accepting community suggestions for the name of our new reserve.  Now is your chance to make your mark on the game permanently!  Tips: think of something in “theme” with the reserve, it should be something easily remembered/pronounced

Lets see what you have!

Have a great weekend everybody, we sure have an exciting week to look forward to.  Please join in the discussion about today’s Status Update here.

/Graham, Mat and the rest of the theHunter:Classic team

 

 

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