A moose grazing in Way of the Hunter

Way Of The Hunter Release Date Announced By THQ Nordic

June 24, 2022

By: Joseph Allen

 
 

THQ Nordic and Nine Rocks Games have announced a Way of the Hunter release date. The hunting sim, which will focus on authenticity and accuracy, will arrive on PC and next-gen consoles this August and will include some intriguing pre-order bonuses.

What is Way of the Hunter?

If you're unfamiliar with Way of the Hunter, your best reference point is probably games like 2017's theHunter: Call of the Wild. It's a realistic open-world hunting sim in which you'll be able to use a variety of accurate weapons to hunt game like deer, bears, and ducks. Along the way, Nine Rocks and THQ are promising a "compelling story" revolving around a family hunting business and the trials and tribulations it faces, as well as the relationships between the family at its heart. You can check out the announcement trailer for Way of the Hunter's release date right here.

 

Gameplay-wise, Way of the Hunter will focus heavily on detail and accuracy in its simulation. You'll be able to track animals using signals from the environment, as well as blood splatter. Guns will have realistic bullet physics and ballistics, and you'll be able to rewind and review each shot. Animals will react just as they would in real life, too. If you're worried about the ethics of hunting, Way of the Hunter says the story mode will have you facing "the challenges of ethical hunting", so it sounds like you won't just be irresponsibly shooting animals. No word yet on whether your animal companion will be voiced by a real animal, though, so Way of the Hunter has some way to catch up with Monster Hunter in that regard at least.

When is the Way of the Hunter release date?

A group of ducks flying over a marshland in Way of the Hunter
Way of the Hunter will focus on authenticity and visual fidelity in its hunting sim gameplay.

You'll be able to get your hands on Way of the Hunter when it launches for PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X|S on August 16th. If you pre-order it right now, you'll also get the Hunter's Pack, which will give you three extra cosmetic items: the Wooden Carved Animal Statue, a new paint job for your car, and an Engraved Shotgun weapon skin. There's also the Elite Edition, which will give you access to the game's Season Pass. The Season Pass will add "two new region DLCs" that will massively expand the map, although we don't yet know when they're on their way. Either way, be sure to take a look at the official Way of the Hunter website if you want to get your pre-order in right now.