Four Sniper Elite projects are officially in development, including the next installment in the series and a remastered edition of Sniper Elite V2.
It's been two years since the release of Rebellion's Sniper Elite 4, which launched in February of 2017 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Set in North Africa during World War II, the tactical third-person shooter focuses on Karl Fairburne's mission to assassinate a Nazi general. Games in the Sniper Elite series are known for featuring large maps that allow the player to take full advantage of the range of a sniper rifle. While the single-player experience is an important element in the Sniper Elite franchise, each game also comes with several multiplayer modes, where players can either work together or shoot it out.
During a development update that took place yesterday, Rebellion confirmed that four Sniper Elite projects are currently in the works: Sniper Elite V2 Remastered, Sniper Elite 3 Ultimate Edition for the Nintendo Switch, a standalone Sniper Elite game for VR devices, and the next major installment in the franchise, which would presumably be the highly anticipated Sniper Elite 5.
Sniper Elite V2 Remastered will give the second game in the series updated visuals, and several other new features, including new playable characters, 4K resolution, and expanded online multiplayer for 16 players. The game will release on the PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and the Nintendo Switch. The Nintendo Switch port of Sniper Elite 3 will include all of the DLC from the original release. Most importantly however, it will come with a few exclusive features. Thanks to the Switch's built-in capabilities, motion controls will be implemented in the gameplay. Local multiplayer will also be included. Both Sniper Elite V2 Remastered and Sniper Elite 3 Ultimate Edition will release some time in 2019, and will be the first Sniper Elite games ever released for a Nintendo console.
The next installment, on the other hand, won't launch until at least 2020, since Rebellion has said that it won't even be discussed until next year. According to Rebellion, it's still in the earliest stages. The confirmation that Sniper Elite 5 is in development isn't at all surprising, considering that Sniper Elite 4 was twice as successful as the previous game.
While the wait for news on Sniper Elite 5 may be longer than some hoped, the announcement of Sniper Elite V2 Remastered may be a welcome treat to longtime fans of the series. When it was first released in 2012, it received criticism for outdated graphics and praise for its gameplay mechanics. In fact, Sniper Elite V2 is actually favored by some fans who prefer its smaller maps to the massive maps included in Sniper Elite 3 and Sniper Elite 4, despite that its visuals are not on par with the other two games. The remastered edition could fix this problem.