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First Look Preview: Rebellion's Chris Payton talks ShopTo through first gameplay footage of Sniper Elite 3



Last week, ShopTo was invited to the remarkably wet Oxford to get an exclusive look at the first gameplay of Sniper Elite 3, running for the first time on the Playstation 4. Sniper Elite 3 is, as you’ve probably already guessed, the sequel to 2012’s well received, skull obliterating Sniper Elite V2. Well, I say sequel but it’s also a prequel and while you get your head around that, I’ll move on.

Running for the first time on the next generation hardware, Rebellion have managed, with relative ease it seems, to get its World War II stealth shooter looking very impressive. The sequel prequel builds on the success from V2 and has taken into account many of the fans wishes and desires. Levels, now set in the Afrikan campaign, are considerably more open; up to three times larger than before and each will have plenty of viable routes for the player to take. This was shown off early on as the player encountered a machine gun nest and after surveying the area, decided that the best option was to actually avoid the two routes that would have lead with head on confrontation, sneak around and stealthily remove the guards with the silenced Welrod pistol. Pop pop.

Perhaps the biggest new addition and apparent one the fans have been asking for quite a while now is Relocation. As with the role of a real life sniper, relocation is vital to staying ahead of your enemies and just general survival. If you’ve taken your stupidly loud location revealing shot the AI will actively hunt you down in that general area. Enemies won’t just wildly shoot at your last location, they’ll change their situation to hunt you down based on where the shot came from, giving you a quick window of opportunity to escape without a bullet whizzing past your head. Once you’re considered a safe distance away and not in pursuit by ze Germans - Relocation Successful. It’s a basic feature but it’s a considerable improvement on past titles in the series.



The game is filled with improvements, for instance, Enemies tagged through the binoculars are now silhouetted when they’re behind cover allowing for a more accurate tracking, those infamous Kill Cams are back with even more levels of detail. The team at the Oxford studio have been hard at work recreating a full working circulatory system and a whole new crunchy bone fracture system that ensures no two kills will result in the same shatter. Lovely stuff. On both of the new home consoles, Playstation 4 & Xbox One, the game runs at a crystal clear 1080p with the in-house Asura engine - I asked about the frame rate but Rebellion were acting a little coy on that subject, understandably so, seeing that there’s still a fair few months of development in front of them. Features that previously only made it into the DirectX 11 PC version of V2 have also found a new home on the PS4 & Xbox One versions with smart tessellation, ambient shadows and ultra high textures gleaming on the new hardware.

There’s been quite a focus on the multiplayer side of things as well. The whole game is able to be played cooperatively from the start, with sections dedicated to cooperative gameplay where each player takes on a certain role. Maps in the competitive multiplayer also reflect the scale improvements found within the Single side and with larger maps comes increased player counts, now each game can hold up to 12 players, which is bound to create a sniping paradise for avid fans. Online rifles are now fully customisable with stocks, barrels and scopes all being unlocked as you progress through the multiplayer side of things.

Based on the footage I witnessed, Sniper Elite 3 is a shaping up to be a solid sequel/prequel that looks set to build on the previous title with an impressive array of new features and upgrades. With the Xbox One and Playstation 4 versions of the game finally in line with that of the visually impressive PC version, budding snipers will finally be able to crack the skulls of european soldiers with never before seen detail. We’ll have to wait until Q2 2014 to see if the game can replicate the success of V2 but from first impressions things are looking promising. 

Sniper Elite 3 from Rebellion and 505 Games will launch on PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360 and PC platforms.


Words and Video by Colin Gallacher.

Edited On 06 Feb, 2014

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JoeToots's avatar
JoeToots 3 years ago
So this answered my question a few days in the fact that it won't be out when shopto have it listed for haha
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Danny_936 3 years ago
Whats the release date? and shopto need to update there listing as its misleading.

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