The next game in the Sniper Elite franchise, imaginatively titled Sniper Elite 5, will be arriving on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC next year. The game will offer an enhanced and even more grisly kill cam, as well as a brand new PvP invasion mode.
This time Karl Fairbourne will be heading into France. The Year is 1944 and he’s been sent to make contact with the French Resistance as part of an operation to take out the Atlantikwall fortifications along the coast of Brittany. When he discovers a secret Nazi project called Operation kraken, it then becomes his job to end it by taking out high ranking Nazi officers.
The campaign uses maps based on real-world locations and these promise to be “the largest and most immersive in Sniper Elite’s history”. Each will give players a choice of infiltration and extraction points, and will have new methods of traversal to help them get around. These include ziplines, the ability to slide down slopes, or shimmying along ledges. Each mission can be completed solo or in co-op with another player. The two of you can share ammo and items, heal each other, and give orders if necessary. Alternatively, players can invade the campaign of another by taking on the role of an Axis sniper.
Guns have also received an overhaul with workbenches available for players to customise “virtually every aspect” of their weapons, like scopes, stocks, barrels, magazines, and ammo. Players will need to take into account the barrel and stock options of the gun as well as gravity and the wind direction before taking their shots. When successful, the franchise’s trademark killcam has been enhanced so that bones now deflect bullets in unpredictable ways. The cameras will be triggered by SMGs and pistols too,often representing the multiple shots that can hit the target within a small space of time.
Competitive multiplayer will also be returning with modes accommodating up to 16 players. Players will earn XP, medals and ribbons for their achievements. Alternatively, there’s a Survival mode, where up to four players can face waves of enemies instead.
The game will be released at some point next year, both digitally and at retail. While Covid is the most likely reason for the delay in the game’s announcement, originally teased for last year, more news is promised for the future.
[Source: Sniper Elite Games]