PREVIEW – Rebellion is continuing the Sniper Elite series, and if everything goes according to plan, we should be playing it a year from now.
The game’s Steam page explains how this game is better than the previous ones in the series: “The latest instalment in the award-winning series, Sniper Elite 5 offers unparalleled sniping, tactical third-person combat and an enhanced kill cam. Fight your way across the most immersive maps yet, with many real-world locations captured in stunning detail and an improved traversal system that lets you explore more of them than ever before.
As part of a covert US Rangers operation to weaken the Atlantikwall fortifications along the coast of Brittany, elite marksman Karl Fairburne makes contact with the French Resistance. Soon they uncover a secret Nazi project that threatens to end the war before the Allies can even invade Europe: Operation Kraken.
Many real-world locations have been captured using photogrammetry to recreate a living, immersive environment. Multiple infiltration/extraction points and kill list targets provide a whole new perspective on each mission. Take on the Nazi plot solo or work with a partner, with improved co-op mechanics allowing you to share ammo and items, give orders and heal each other.
Even our heartbeat counts
Use ziplines, slide down slopes and shimmy along ledges to reach the perfect vantage point or to sneak past a sharp-eyed lookout. Factor in rifle stock and barrel options along with gravity, wind and heart rate while you line up your sights on the target. Use workbenches to customize and upgrade virtually every aspect of your weapon—change scopes, stocks, barrels, magazines and more. Rifles, secondaries and pistols all have a wide variety of options. On top of that, you can select the ammo to suit your target, from armour piercing right down to non-lethal.
Invasion Mode: Campaign Drop-In Player-versus-Player and Cooperative Play
In the mode called Invasion, you can invade another player’s Campaign as an Axis sniper and engage in a deadly game of cat and mouse, providing a new dimension to the challenge as you stalk your prey. Alternatively, as Karl, you can call for assistance and have a second sniper drop in to help you out of a tricky situation. Customize your character and loadout and earn XP, medals and ribbons as you take on intensely competitive 16 player battles that will test your sharpshooting skills. If co-op’s more your style, you can team up with up to 3 other players against waves of enemies in Survival mode.
More realistic and grisly than ever
The trademark X-ray kill cam returns, showing you the true destructive power of each shot. Bones deflect bullets unpredictably, ripping a new path through enemy bodies. SMGs and pistols can also trigger kill cams, including multiple shots in dramatic slow motion,” Rebellion wrote.
Sniper Elite 5 will launch in 2022 on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, PC (Steam, Epic Games Store, Microsoft Store), PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It will be on Game Pass (both Xbox and PC) from day one.