Do you think Karl Fairburne’s voice actor gargled gravel before reading the script for Sniper Elite 5’s reveal trailer? The special agent is sounding distinctly haggard in this short 60-second gameplay clip, but then again, he’s probably sick of all the Nazi resistance he keeps coming up against. Rebellion revealed this sequel a little while back, but now it’s finally ready to pull back the curtain.
Following on from Sniper Elite 4’s picturesque Italy, this time the US operative will be taking to France, where he stumbles upon a McGuffin plot device which threatens to end the war prematurely: Operation Kraken. The UK developer says it’s captured real-world locations using “photogrammetry to recreate a living, immersive environment”, so you’ll get that distinctly French feel.
However, you can also expect multi-faceted missions with plenty of points for infiltration, as well as improved co-op systems that allow you to share ammo and items. You’ll be able to play entirely solo if you prefer, of course, and new traversal systems such as ziplines should freshen up the established long-distance gameplay loop.
One cool feature is that you’ll be able to invade other players’ game as an Axis sniper, creating unique PvP scenarios; similarly, if you’re stuck, you’ll be able to recruit the help of another player to guide you through unscathed. All of this is in addition to better x-ray bullet physics, and an adversarial online multiplayer mode.
The title’s targeting a 2022 release date on both the PlayStation 5 and PS4, but in the meantime, you can check out the first footage in the gameplay trailer embedded above.