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'theHunter' Now Accepting Beta Sign-ups

by Rainier on Feb. 2, 2009 @ 9:06 a.m. PST

theHunter is 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. Emote Games revealed that people who register on the site, will get phased into the beta test.

theHunter is a revolutionary hunting simulator that unites traditional gaming and social networking. Download the game client and you'll find a visually stunning hunting world, populated with a huge range of highly realistic animals, from small game and birds to heavy weight trophy targets like bear, deer and elk, all created by Avalanche Studios, the award winning developer of Just Cause.

While theHunter team continues to evolve the game and add new features, Emote Games is starting to issue permits to the Evergreen Hunting Reserve. Starting this week, anybody who has registered their interest in theHunter will be invited via a phased invitation process to experience the best in interactive hunting for free. Additionally, exclusive benefits are available for those opting to purchase an early adopter membership.

All players will have full and free access to theHunter social community, where they can customize their pages, upload photos, shares stories and interact with other members of theHunter community.

theHunter 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.

With regular roll outs of new content, missions, items, hunting areas and animals, the Hunter will always stay fresh, and the community plays a big part in shaping the future direction of the game. Features and updates can be created based on the way the game is being played, and players can send suggestions to the developers about new things they want to see and the direction they want their game to take.

And if being a fine upstanding citizen of a social network isn't your thing, you can even become a poacher, create your own rules and shoot whatever animals you want. Watch out for the game wardens though...

This new characters cutomization technology forms part of Emote’s social platform Participate which allows game developers to build advanced social networking functions into their games. The character creation element allows users to create incredibly realistic avatars for use on any device. The resulting quality is startling as avatars can now boast ‘next generation’ visuals that people are already enjoying in their games and other digital content.

When integrating Participate into a website or game, the avatars are created to order on dedicated servers and the resulting high quality imagery can then be viewed on any web-enabled device. No matter what the specification of the user’s device, they will still enjoy the unrivaled realism – even if their device is outdated and could never generate such imagery on its own.

This breakthrough technology created by Emote Games opens up exciting new opportunities for digital creators and consumers. Developed by Emote’s own studios, Participate suite of software allows games to be enjoyed on all kinds of devices and in many different ways -- from console to PC to handheld devices, and from playing missions to sharing photos or writing blog entries.

The character creation technology offers all kinds of opportunities for digital content creators or service providers who can use it in conjunction with other Participate™ functions, or as a stand-alone technology.

theHunter will be available on PC in 2009 with console versions to follow.

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