British games developer Rebellion announced that a new entry in its long-running Sniper Elite series will arrive for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC platforms by the end of 2016, delivering an all-new campaign set in Italy during World War II.
Rebellion notes that Sniper Elite 4 is the first game in the series to be built specifically for current-generation consoles, and players can expect to see a consistent 1080p presentation across expansive maps that are “many times the size of those seen in Sniper Elite 3.”
Rebellion’s Sniper Elite games are uniquely themed third-person shooters that focus on stealth, precision, and planning. Taking on the role of a master marksman, players must carefully choose their targets and dispatch them quickly and silently in order to avoid detection.
The Sniper Elite games are notable for their realism and attention to detail regarding ballistics, requiring players to take distance, wind speed, and bullet drop into account before making every shot. Recent entries in the series feature slow-motion replays of especially gruesome kills, showing players the bone-shattering, organ-rupturing results of their marksmanship.
Sniper Elite 4 sees the return of series star Karl Fairburne, who must help the Italian Resistance throughout a series of crucial battles that will decide the final outcome of World War II.
“Covert agent and elite marksman Karl Fairburne must fight alongside the brave men and women of the Italian Resistance to help free their country from the yoke of Fascism, and defeat a terrifying new threat with the potential to halt the Allied fightback in Europe before it’s even begun,” Rebellion explains. “If his mission fails, there will be no Operation Overlord, no D-Day landings, and no Victory in Europe.”
Sniper Elite 4 offers a single-player campaign in addition to co-op and competitive gameplay modes. A specific release date is not yet known.