There's good news and bad news for fans of Rebellion's World War II era Sniper Elite series
. The good news is Sniper Elite 4
has a release date. The bad news is it's delayed. There's more good news, though — it's coming along well, judging by the screenshots.
As we saw back in March
when Sniper Elite 4
was announced, like the other titles in the series, it will still be set during World War II, this time against the backdrop of a 1943 Italy.
Jason and Chris Kingsley, co-founders of Rebellion, cite the workload of the PlayStation VR game Battlezone
they're also working on as the decision for the delay.
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.
Xbox One players can now expect Sniper Elite 4
on February 14th, 2017.