We've scrounged up some interesting details on Activision's next game that's heading to the App Store. The latest entry in the Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts series should be appearing for download sometime soon, potentially as early as this week. The Dangerous Hunts games first originated back in 2003 and offer gameplay that is a little different from your typical hunting games which usually are about as interesting as shooting digital fish in a virtual barrel. Instead of just having your choice of a wide variety of succulent prey immediately in your field of vision for you to shoot at, player need to deal with treacherous terrain and targets that are just as interested in hunting you as you are in hunting them.

Sure, it's still a hunting game, but the 2011 iteration is said to be closer to a survival horror game than the hunting games we're familiar with. Destructoid offers a comprehensive preview of the console version, although it remains to be seen how much gets lost in translation on the way to the iPhone. It sounds like it follows the same story as its console cousin, with nine levels that take place over 31 chapters. Of course, if shooting the previously mentioned virtual fish in digital barrels is your cup of tea, there's also supposed to be an arcade mode with six different shooting galleries.

Another interesting wrinkle in this story is that Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2011 is going to be Activison's first game to use OpenFeint, although we've yet to hear what level of integration it will have beyond showing off your kills in what seems like some kind of leaderboard system. Why they're not using Game Center instead is anyone's guess, but it's cool to see Activision implementing social features on some level, which will presumably only expand as they get more involved in iPhone development.

We'll take a closer look at the game as soon as it appears on the App Store.

  • http://twitter.com/Shamko Max Shamko

    looks clean

  • http://twitter.com/Inaba_kun Phil Baxter

    Very distasteful. Apple seems happy to ban anything with the merest hint of nudity, but happily passes games which promote the brutal torture and killing of animals for fun. Crazy world.

    • tsharpfilm

      Amen. I can't stand hunting, or hunting games.

    • Adams Immersive

      Agreed, but it’s not just Apple, it’s American culture and media in general (or at least those who currently hold a lot of power over it). Look at movies: brutal violence is OK, even for kids—and not just against animals!

      I don’t favor censoring any of the above, but the imbalance is striking.

    • Loves Animals Too

      Do you even know what Cabela's really is? It is an outdoors outfitting company that happens to also brand video and board games. There are so many titles in their series it is hard to keep track. Sure it might be distasteful but they are on every platform already it was only time before they hit the iOS platform.

      For the record I don't like hunting but there are tons of people that do, either for sport or for financial reasons so before we judge a video game and get into the age old should anyone be shooting anything in a video game debate understand the brand that is being released.

      Given the enormity of the Cabela brand this is actually a major step forward on the app store for those that want "bigger" games and "bigger" publishers to start taking the iOS platform seriously.

    • Vulture3

      BRUTAL TORTURE?!

      bahaha, you kill me Dr. Phil. That ugly bear looks mean as hell, and it's running AT YOU. It's survival son! 300 points, and you get an extra life!

      • tsharpfilm

        Lol. But why is he out in the woods in the first place?! You'd be a little upset too if someone walked into your house carrying a shotgun.

  • Anthonyl

    I'm sure the developers and artists but a lot of work into the game and it looks polished but really isn't my thing... less i'm wasted at a bar without a pinball machine

  • Vulture3

    I can understand protesting actual real life hunting for sport. But let's not be ridiculous. Your cookie cutter cries should be directed out in the real world where real animals are being harmed.

    The simulated hunting of a horribly unrealistic polygonal charging bear?

    Sounds like usual video game fare to me. Sign me up.

  • Anonymous

    About about Cabela's hunter turned prey! Now that I'd buy!

  • Buklau

    Woah this is so funny. People are whining about hunting?? All I saw was how shitty that game looked.

  • http://twitter.com/Gromble Chris

    Oh TA commenters, you never fail to disappoint.

  • Doakes Lives

    If this post is anything like the past ones on hunting games, then we can all look forward to about 50+ comments of boo-hoo back and forths. Get hyped!

  • MIchael

    If this is anything like Carnivores: Dinosaur Hunter, I'm buying it.

  • Anonymous

    I'm not going to buy this. Cabelas Dangerous Hunts: Zombies would be waaaaay better. Sort it out Activision.

    Also, TA commentators. This is about games people, Leave the 'hunting is wrong' etc stuff at the door. It is exactly the same stupid argument of 'GTA turns teens into criminals'. Hunting games, are not actually hunting.

  • Anonymous

    the ethics of hunting aside, am i the only who thinks this game looks like a total piece of trash?

    • Michael

      Do you know any good-looking hunting games with 3D movement? The only one I know of is Carnivores: Dinosaur Hunter.

  • Keeeni

    I hope you who are against hunting also are against buying and eating meat from stores and resturants.. the fate those animals suffer are far worse than hunting with a shotgun. (sry for bad english)