Sniper Elite 5 was announced at the end of last year. The game marks the new instalment in the popular sniper series by developer Rebellion. The studio just released a brand-new cinematic trailer for the game and while it doesn’t announce a release date (sadly), the trailer does do a great job setting the tone for the upcoming shooter.
The trailer also announces one important aspect of the game – its Xbox Game Pass release. Rebellion has confirmed that Sniper Elite 5 will release on Xbox Game Pass on day one. When that is we don’t know as the game doesn’t have a release date yet. Rebellion has simply stated Sniper Elite 5 will release in “2022”.
While the trailer is a cinematic one, it does also focus on the game’s new Invasion Mode. In this mode, players can invade other players’ games while they are going about their mission. The invader’s goal is to then hunt down the player and kill them. You can see this in the trailer by the player focusing not on the German target but the other sniper who has his aim ready to fire.
Rebellion shared more details on the Sniper Elite 5 Invasion Mode and story:
Sniper Elite 5 Invasion Mode
A whole new dimension to the game’s intense drama and add increased diversity to the tactics that players will have to employ in order to complete their mission.
The invading Axis Sniper will have the sole aim to eliminate the player while the Allied Sniper will gain an extra objective: take out the invader. Invasion Mode will also be available in cooperative play increasing the challenge for the Axis invader as they now have two Allies to track down but offering greater rewards.
Invasion Mode will enable some unique skills for both players. The Axis invader can use the AI Axis forces to help locate the Allied player. Tagging an Axis soldier will enable ‘Eagle Eyes’ which means that if that soldier spots the Allied Sniper then their last known location will be displayed on the map.
The Axis Sniper can also instruct nearby soldiers to ‘Stay Sharp’, increasing their awareness. For the Allied Sniper, each level has invasion phones scattered around the map which the player can use to discover the last known location of their opponent. But beware, as not only can these phones be booby-trapped, but overuse will raise suspicions and reveal the player’s location.
Successful Axis Snipers will be rewarded with weapons, items and skin unlock while Allied Snipers can earn weapon and character skins by killing their opponent. You will also be awarded additional XP for having Invasion Mode enabled.
Sniper Elite 5 Story
As part of a covert US Rangers operation to weaken the Atlantikwall fortifications along the coast of Brittany, Karl makes contact with the French Resistance. Soon they uncover a secret Nazi project that threatens to end the war before the Allies can even invade Europe: Operation Kraken. It’s Karl’s mission to take out the high-ranking Nazi officers and end Operation Kraken once and for all.
Based upon real-world locations from France in 1944 the new game maps are the largest and most immersive in the franchise’s history with the new traversal system offering players an even greater sandbox of options when it comes to taking out their targets. You can even invite a friend to help you on your mission with enhanced cooperative gameplay options.
Sniper Elite 5 continues the franchise’s unparalleled tactical sniping experience complete with incredible ballistics and enhanced kill cam taking the genre-defining feature to the next level. New customisation options allow you to adjust your rifle, other weapons and ammo to suit the mission and your play style.
Sniper Elite 5 is set to launch sometime in 2022 for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC.