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Way of the Hunter - Announcement Trailer

KyoZz

Gold Member




Next gen exclusive, coming soon to PC, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S.




This authentic hunting experience lets you explore and hunt in large open-world environments in the USA and Europe .
Discover true to life animals in beautiful natural habitats and handle various detailed and highly realistic weapons.

Face the challenges of ethical hunting, supported by a compelling story, or simply enjoy hunting the rich environments freely.
  • Dozens of strikingly detailed animal species with realistic behavior models for a truly immersive hunting experience
  • Enjoy your perfect hunting adventure among friends in co-op mode
  • Hunt like a pro with features that highlight animal signs, blood splatter analysis, and shot review with the rewindable bullet camera
  • Two vast hunting territories with 55 square miles each
  • Realistic ballistics and bullet physics simulation
  • Sophisticated natural animal animations and reactions when sensing the players presence
  • A compelling story about the struggles of a family hunting business, and the rivalry and friendships that surround it
  • Complex Trophy system generates unique antlers and horns based on multiple factors like fitness and age
  • Shot review with the rewindable bullet camera
 
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CamHostage

Member
Kind of funny, this is an "actual" next-gen game, but nobody's here to talk about it.

...Not that it's a great next-gen game, or that it couldn't necessarily be done as a cross-gen release. (It's basically a very clean and very big world, but with all of the glitches and LOD issues of an over-flocked landscape, and the grass shader just barely holds up but admirably is used in close-up view when tracking. No indication, but I would guess this is a UE4 project?) But for the people who were saying cross-gen wasn't exactly the problem with there being "no true next-gen" at launch, this is kind of an example of what people were saying, that escaping old hardware wouldn't magically make everything better and that actual next-gen technology, which was and is still under development, was what was really needed.

Still, not a bad-looking hunting game. I believe Xbox 360 or Xbox One had an early-in-gen hunting game that was surprisingly a looker, from the outside at least.
 

Denton

Member
I had never heard of them, but Nine Rocks Games is a THQ Nordic studio already.
They are former Cauldron, slovakian studio with 25 year history. They made bunch of lowbudget hunting games for Activision back in the day, but now it seems they were given a decent budget to actually create hunting game they wanted.

Their first notable game (released outside czechland and slovakia) was Spellcross, a kick ass turnbased strategy.
 
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ahtlas7

Member
Finally, I’ll be able to kill something on a hunt.
My irl hunting be like: sit and wait for hours, see nothing, go to store buy steak, mount steak on wall.
 

CamHostage

Member
They are former Cauldron, slovakian studio with 25 year history. They made bunch of lowbudget hunting games for Activision back in the day, but now it seems they were given a decent budget to actually create hunting game they wanted.

Their first notable game (released outside czechland and slovakia) was Spellcross, a kick ass turnbased strategy.

Oh, Cauldron! That old Activision Value studio (with a history even before then.) That makes sense, they did always punch above their weight. They made the Soldier of Fortune Payback sequel, plus Jurassic: The Hunted. (They also made a ton of Cabela's games, which were visually bold for what they were in the 360 era, although they didn't make the one I was thinking of, Cabela's Survival: Shadows of Katmai.)
 

Heimdall_Xtreme

Jim Ryan Fanclub's #1 Member




Next gen exclusive, coming soon to PC, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S.




This authentic hunting experience lets you explore and hunt in large open-world environments in the USA and Europe .
Discover true to life animals in beautiful natural habitats and handle various detailed and highly realistic weapons.

Face the challenges of ethical hunting, supported by a compelling story, or simply enjoy hunting the rich environments freely.
  • Dozens of strikingly detailed animal species with realistic behavior models for a truly immersive hunting experience
  • Enjoy your perfect hunting adventure among friends in co-op mode
  • Hunt like a pro with features that highlight animal signs, blood splatter analysis, and shot review with the rewindable bullet camera
  • Two vast hunting territories with 55 square miles each
  • Realistic ballistics and bullet physics simulation
  • Sophisticated natural animal animations and reactions when sensing the players presence
  • A compelling story about the struggles of a family hunting business, and the rivalry and friendships that surround it
  • Complex Trophy system generates unique antlers and horns based on multiple factors like fitness and age
  • Shot review with the rewindable bullet camera
I really hate these kinds of games, which mistreat animals.:messenger_expressionless:
 
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CamHostage

Member
In this game, can I hunt hunters?

Heh, there really should be a Poacher Hunter game...


Treating your original question seriously (I get why you edited it, but it's out there now,) it depends on you definition of "mistreats animals". If you're a vegan, then any interaction with animals for food is mistreatment and that's your definition and stance. If you're a meat-eater, though, weighing ethically-minded hunting against factory meat production gets hinky and produces a lot of arguments. And then there's the conversation of population control (some vermin or even fauna natural to a territory can overproduce, in part because of human interaction, and cause damage to the whole ecosystem, including their own species) and other animal intervention issues. Plus there's the situation where other animals are truly carnivorous, and they're not nearly as concerned about mistreating the animals they kill. (My cat sometimes brings birds into the house, and she's just a bitch in how she taunts them while they suffer until death, and then she doesn't even eat them, they're just a toy...)

I'm not a hunter myself, but I know several hunters and they're not in it "for the kill" and the fun of murdering an animal or the instagrams of cool animals that they took down, they're in it for the meat and the skill of a good takedown with minimal suffering to the beast. They follow hunting regulations, they take good shots (although it's for the good of the meat as much as it is respect to the prey,) and they eat or use what they bring down. My hunter friends love animals as much or maybe even more than most people I know, and they gain an understanding of the creatures and the balance of nature by inserting themselves into that area's foodchain. Sure, there are dickhead trophy hunters eager to take down lions and other wild beasts so they can say that they did before there are none left to hunt, but most hunters are there for what's needed.

...But so, can there really be a videogame about "ethical hunting", as this game claims? I'm not sure how they handle it, I've never played one (except for the Big Game Hunter arcade game, which was just "Blast 'em all!!!" nonsense.) I'm sure they reward vital shots, and maybe they have limitations of what you can take out (thus pushing players to search for better and bigger prey rather than just shooting the first deer you come across) or maybe they penalize or flag you down when you try to shoot immature animals. And some of them bump up the excitement with videogamey animal attack events, so that it's no longer a hunting game and instead is just a silly action game. So, maybe? Or maybe these are just gross exploitation of what should be a respectful activity? (I bet the kids didn't think about it when blasting cartoon ducks for your dog to fetch in NES Duck Hunt, but now the visuals and the awareness are clear of what's going on there...) But either way, pulling a trigger button and pulling a trigger on a rifle are two different things. Kind of like how armies supposedly uses FPSes to "desensitize" soldiers for action in the field (they also used games like America's Army and Full Spectrum Warrior as actual training sessions, although those were designed as combat scenario runthroughs, not just games to train you to kill baddies,) it's a different circumstance when you actually have to end a life in front of you with your own hands. But then again, if you're making a dish of "pork" or "beef" tonight, you should be aware that somebody did the bloody work for you.
 
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Welcome to the Pacific Northwest! A lush valley with deep forests and ice-cold rivers, looming mountains and large swamp areas awaits.

This area is home to many of the most iconic animals in North America. Stick to classic hunting choices like the white-tailed deer or waterfowl, go toe to hoof with an elk or moose and challenge dangerous predators like the American black bear or the grey wolf on 55 square miles.

Way of the Hunter is coming on August 16, 2022.
 
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