The Hunter can be played and purchases can be made on the gaming platform Steam.
What is Steam
Steam is an internet-based distribution, rights management, multiplayer, and communications platform developed by Valve Corporation. It is used to distribute games and related media online. Steam provides the user with installation and automatic management of software on multiple computers, and community features such as friends lists and groups, cloud saving, and in-game voice and chat functionality.
This Wiki page will not explain the features or benefits of Steam any further unless they are relevant for theHunter.
theHunter can continue to be played via the website. Steam is not a prerequisite. It is however important for you to make a decision at this point. Either launch theHunter via Steam going forward, or keep starting it from the website. Otherwise you will have to keep two separate installations up-to-date. Also, both locations will start the same launcher, but the launcher settings are separately stored.
There are a number of benefits Steam offers, both for the developers as well as the players of theHunter.
For the players
- Steam provide statistics showing how much you played the game, and how much others are playing it.
- You can use Community features such as the ability to post reviews, guides, videos or pictures.
- Being on Steam allows a community overlap where members who play other games can see updates about theHunter, screenshots, reviews, and other things related to the game. It helps encourage the community to grow by exposing it to more people.
- Having theHunter in the Steam Library is appreciated by players who have most of their other games on Steam as well.
- Steam offers an in-game overlay with additional functions, see below.
- Steam has DRM (Steam Guard) built in. The DRM checks for certain kinds of tampering, and you therefore maintain a reputation with Steam.
- Steam offers regular sales which also theHunter players could profit from.
For the developers
- Steam has a huge pool of people who play games that are on Steam already, and may not know about theHunter, because many only look for games on Steam. theHunter will appear on Steam's game catalog, which makes it easier to find.
- Steam allows developers access to their bandwidth, which drastically reduces download speeds compared to the old slow torrent system. Access to technology more modern than a basic web browser and bandwidth greater than torrenting is beneficial to the game.
Advantages for playing theHunter via Steam
Whether you play via the website or Steam, theHunter is the same game, you use the same account and own the same content. So why bother using Steam? In addition to all the Steam benefits listed above, Steam has a very reliable download function. Players with download issues are advised to try playing through Steam, and the download issues should go away.
Steam Account and Steam Client
Whether you play the game via Steam or via the website, you will always use the same hunter name. All your statistics, belongings, trophies, mission progress, etc. is the very same regardless of which platform you choose to launch the game.
If you want to use Steam as your starting base for theHunter, you must have
- a Steam account
- the Steam Client installed on your computer
- theHunter installed on Steam
- your theHunter account connected with your Steam account
1. Go to the Steam website and select your language if available. This will facilitate everything from here forward.
2. Click on "login", whether or not you already have a Steam account.
3. If you already have a Steam account, sign in here.
4. If you do not have a Steam account yet, create a new account here.
5. Download and install the Steam Client. You cannot launch any games from the Steam website. Set your firewall and desktop security to trust the Steam client in order not to block any future communication between the Steam client and the Steam website.
Installing theHunter on Steam
In order to launch theHunter on Steam, the game must be installed there, even if you play it already via the website. Steam installs the game in a Steam specific directory. Start the Steam Client on your computer and search for theHunter, then download/install the game. During the installation of theHunter on Steam, you can choose to have a desktop icon created.
Playing theHunter on Steam
Like mentioned before, if you have chosen to use Steam as the base for running theHunter, it is advisable to no longer use theHunter website to launch the game going forward. You can however continue to use the website for all the other functions it provides.
Launch the game through your Steam Library or the desktop icon if available. Starting the game from Steam opens the exact same launcher as the website, with the exception of being able to open the Forum. The first time you start the game in Steam, the graphical settings must be set (again). Click on the cogwheel of the launcher and choose the same settings that you used before.
Connecting theHunter Account with your Steam Account
When you start the game for the first time from Steam, log into your existing theHunter account. This will connect your Steam account with your theHunter account. You can then start the game off Steam and will automatically log in to the correct theHunter account when the launcher starts.
Enter the email address and password to connect to theHunter as you would without Steam.
If either your Steam account or your theHunter account changes, you must disconnect your current accounts. This is done on theHunter's "Account settings" under "Settings, then under "Steam settings" at the bottom.
theHunter Memberships and em$ can be bought with the Steam Wallet if you play through Steam.
|Shift+Tab||Brings up the Steam Overlay while playing|
|F12||In-game screenshot that goes to your Steam profile "Screenshots" gallery (not theHunter gallery)|
more to come here...