The Sniper Elite 5 game mode will follow the example of, say, DOOM Eternal or the Souls titles. However, in Sniper Elite 5, you get to play as an Axis sniper.
Here’s what Rebellion Development had to say about this game mode: “Invasion Mode will bring a whole new dimension to the game’s intense drama and add increased diversity to the tactics that players will have to employ to complete their mission. The invading Axis Sniper will aim to eliminate the player while the Allied Sniper will gain an extra objective: take out the invader. Invasion Mode will also be available in cooperative play – increasing the challenge for the Axis invader as they now have two Allies to track down but offering greater rewards.
“Invasion Mode is a fantastic addition to the gameplay experience of Sniper Elite 5. A human-controlled invader can act in ways that are so diverse and unpredictable, which adds to the challenge and ramps up the tension even further. The player will be informed that an invading Axis Sniper has joined their game, and from that point on, it becomes an extremely intense, high stakes game of cat and mouse. For those players who just want a solo gameplay experience, there will be the option to switch Invasion Mode off, but we recommend that everyone gives it a try at some point. We have been having a lot of fun with it in the studio, jumping into each other’s games and finding innovative, stealthy ways to take each other out,” Rebellion Developments CTO Chris Kingsley commented.
Invasion Mode will enable some unique skills for both players. The Axis invader can use the AI Axis forces to help locate the Allied player. Tagging an Axis soldier will enable ‘Eagle Eyes,’ which means that if that soldier spots the Allied Sniper, their last known location will be displayed on the map. The Axis Sniper can also instruct nearby soldiers to ‘Stay Sharp,’ increasing their awareness. For the Allied Sniper, each level has invasion phones scattered around the map, which the player can use to discover the last known location of their opponent. But beware, as not only can these phones be booby-trapped, but overuse will raise suspicions and reveal the player’s location. Successful Axis Snipers will be rewarded with weapons, items, and skin unlocks, while Allied Snipers can earn weapon and character skins by killing their opponent. You will also be awarded additional XP for having Invasion Mode enabled,” the studio wrote.
Sniper Elite 5 will launch this year on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, PC (Steam, Epic Games Store, Microsoft Store), PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It will also be available on Game Pass from launch day.