Sniper Elite 4 Story Trailer Shoots Out, Shows Us the Italian Resistance

In a press release and a post on the official PlayStation Blog, Rebellion has unveiled the first Sniper Elite 4 story trailer titled “Italy 1943.”

Featuring previously unseen concept art, environments, factions and brand new story details, “Italy 1943” recounts the intricate machinations behind the Allied invasion of Italy. In SNIPER ELITE 4, Karl Fairburne will help release the country from the shackles of Fascism, fanning the flames of resistance, and in doing so uncover a terrifying Nazi technology threatening the whole of Europe.

Over on the PlayStation Blog, Narrative Designer Colin Harvey sets the scene on Sniper Elite 4’s story.

It’s 1943. Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill meet in Casablanca to discuss the Allies’ next step. The Americans favor pushing across the Channel, through France, to attack Germany’s industrial areas. By contrast, Churchill argues an invasion of Italy will allow the Allies to attack the Nazis’ “soft underbelly” and take the pressure off the Red Army in the East. Churchill’s view prevails.

This is where Sniper Elite 4 begins. Ahead of the planned invasion of Italy, the Allies have intelligence concerning Hitler’s latest wunderwaffe (wonder weapon) and dispatch Lieutenant Karl Fairburne to a secluded Italian island to investigate. Subsequent assignments take him from a beautiful coastal village on the Italian mainland to a vast, verdant forest region surrounding a viaduct. And of course, we’ve designed the game so you can take advantage of the spectacular scenery. Choose to climb up high for the perfect vantage point from which to snipe your adversaries, or look for a secret tunnel to enable your surprise attack, whatever it takes to complete your mission.

According to Harvey, the maps in Sniper Elite 4 are three times bigger than Sniper Elite 3, with the environments drawn from actual locations and real wartime events. Lots more can be read here.

Sniper Elite 4 will shoot out on February 14, 2017 for the PS4, Xbox One and PC.