Emote and Avalanche unveil collaboration

Emote and Avalanche unveil collaboration

By Ed Fear

September 18th 2008 at 11:17AM

Free-to-play title The Hunter to integrate social network community

Online social games start-up Emote has announced that it is collaborating with Swedish studio Avalanche on a new free-to-play online title.

The title was first unveiled by Develop via interviews with the Emote team in April 2008.

Called The Hunter, the game seeks to build an online community of game hunters, able to use the social interface to post blogs and images of recent kills as well as collaborate in tournaments, challenges and competitions. The online nature of the title will see Avalanche regularly adding new content, and plans to actively encourage its community to share ideas and suggestions for new features.

The game will enter the beta phase next month, and will initially be available 'across North America' on PC and web - although console and mobile versions are set to follow at some point.

"We are delighted to be working with Avalanche Studios," said Morgan O'Rahilly, CEO of Emote Games. "Emote is passionate about making this game as true to life as possible, so when it came to choosing a development partner, we wanted to ensure we were working with the best. We are currently in discussions with hunting communities across the US to develop long-term mutual partnerships with experts and suppliers to make The Hunter the world's best hunting game."

Christofer Sundberg, founder and creative director of Avalanche, added: "The Hunter offers an amazing real-life hunting experience. Using our next-generation landscape engine we are able to recreate the 'out in the field' hunting experience that includes a wide range of weather, animal behavior and terrain that can be shared within the gaming community as well as across other popular social networks to extend this phenomenally rich game experience."