Ah ... Finally.
This one has been massively sought after, for a long, long time. Going back way before my Helisexuality campaign, this was a fan favourite, and often speculated on; often the subject of many rumours. All of which turned out to be false. Not this time.
Magnificent isn't it? Beautiful thing. Lovely guy.
He's due to arrive with the Smuggler's Run DLC, which will drop on August the 29th, 2017. This is the date that will go down as Hunter day. Our blessed Lord and Saviour - Hunter - will return on this date.
Words can't even describe how honoured I feel to have potentially played any part in getting this attack helicopter added.
I had to keep going for years, and even merge with the object of my desire. But He's here now. All should pay respects to Him, marvel at his good looks, and respect our right to kill from above, and to kill needlessly.
Yes, we don't have a lot to go on right now. Though we will have it in our hands soon enough; just a few days now. In the mean time, here's what we can tell.
It seems to have a new model.
The previous GTA V model of the Hunter (seen in The Simian trailer) simply had two pairs of rocket pods, like this:
This one instead has a pair of rocket pods, and a pair of missiles:
Now, this could easily just be cosmetic, and it might simply fire the same projectiles from both pods. Only time will tell. But it does show that the model has changed.
It could possibly be customizable.
Is it among this range of new customizable aircraft? I hope so.
This could open the door to extra armour, different weapon layouts, or at the very least aesthetic changes such as paint and liveries/camouflage. Who knows what will be in store on that front.
The gun may be able to pivot.
This isn't confirmed - not by a long shot. But it does appear that the gun is looking in a different direction than the helicopter itself here.
This may require a second player, or if we're really lucky we might be able to aim it solo (perhaps by moving the camera).
Again, this isn't confirmed, and it's too vague to recommend getting too hyped about this aspect.
It might - might - have countermeasures.
Speaking of long shots ...
Well, basically, there appears to be some kind of flash that seems to be coming from the helicopter, and some people are questioning whether or not it could be countermeasures.
Now, there are various explosions seen here - so it is possible it's merely an optical illusion, and that the flash is part of them. It does look interesting though, and strengthening the case is that a missile can be seen heading in the general direction of the helicopters (evidently it doesn't hit).
This is all just speculation anyway. The Hunter may come with some of these features; it may not. At the end of the day, the Hunter is coming, and I'm happy to have it back.
So, it's being dripfed out - likely to release some time in October. Urgh! But at least there is a version of it in a source mission, so we've been able to try it out.
It has two types of missiles - homing, and "barrage".
Barrage is self-explanatory - it's a really fast spray of unguided rockets, similar to the real Apache's Hydra rocket pods.
Homing is basically the same as the Savage. They, uh, home in on targets, just like other helicopters.
The cannon can be upgraded, though sadly both cannon versions need a co-pilot to operate.
The stock version, so I've heard, is a lot like the gun on the Karin Technical.
The upgraded version is explosive.
We also now know what upgrades it has.
Courtesy of Gaffa™:
Hunter will have:Cannon upgrade (turns it into an explosive cannon)8 liveriesCountermeasuresBombsEngine, Armour and Handling upgrades
The Hunter in action.