After Rebellion called it “2017’s first AAA title,” Co-Founders Jason and Chris Kingsley added that the launch of Battlezone for PlayStation VR in October caused a shift for Sniper Elite 4, but it will be all the better for it:
“When we revealed Sniper Elite 4 back in March our plan was to release it at the end of 2016. However, we now know Battlezone will release in October as a launch title alongside PlayStation VR. That gave us a tough decision to make. Ultimately, we’re a relatively small independent studio, and releasing two major titles in the same quarter didn’t seem like a sensible thing to do. A few of our shared internal teams will probably sleep a bit easier now!”
“Launching Sniper Elite 4 in February gives us the opportunity to take a game that’s already received some of the best preview feedback we’ve ever had, and give it that extra bit of attention. We know a lot of you will be disappointed you won’t get to play Sniper Elite 4 this year, but we feel this decision will prove in the long run to be a win-win for both us and you, the fans.”
Expect to see more Sniper Elite 4 throughout E3 2016.
The above gameplay video is from March 2016.