Sniper Elite III Ultimate Edition announced; we're celebrating with a contest this weekend

World War II-era third-person shooter Sniper Elite III is one of my favorite Xbox One games of 2014. The gameplay combines equal parts stealth and gruesome sniping kills, all in the service of thwarting the Nazi expansion into Africa.

Last year we caught early word of an upcoming Sniper Elite III Ultimate Edition that bundles the main game with its downloadable content. Today, publisher 505 Games has officially announced the Ultimate Edition will be coming in March – for the low price of $39.99 on Xbox One and $29.99 on 360.

To celebrate the impending Ultimate Edition, Windows Central is proud to partner with 505 Games on a massive Sniper Elite III giveaway. This Saturday we're streaming the original Sniper Elite III on Twitch and giving out more than twenty copies of the game for Xbox One, Playstation 4, and Steam. This is one stream you won't want to miss!

Saving Africa one snipe at a time

Sniper Elite III, the third game in the cult favorite series takes place in North Africa – a fresh setting for World War II-era games. Players will take on the role of series hero Karl Fairburne as he battles Germany's infamous Afrika Corps. Allied intelligence indicates that the Nazis are developing a super weapon that could turn the tide of the war, making it imperative for Karl and his allies to stop them.

The main game consists of eight massive missions that can be completed in multiple ways. They really are quite long – I spent more than two hours on a single mission and had a blast the entire time. But leaving and coming back won't be a problem since the game allows players to save anywhere.

With a full online campaign co-op for two players, several single-player Challenge modes, and both cooperative and competitive online modes for up to 16 players, players won't run out of things to do in Sniper Elite III. If you enjoy sneaking around and taking out enemies methodically, you can't do any better on the Xbox One.

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Ultimate Edition details

The Sniper Elite III Ultimate Edition includes the original game and nearly all of the game's post-release DLC. The only significant content not included is the ' Hunt the Grey Wolf' DLC, which is available to purchase separately.

'Save Churchill' DLC - A three-part campaign challenging players to foil a plot to assassinate inspirational British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, featuring the biggest environments in Sniper Elite series to date:

  • Save Churchill Part 1: In Shadows
  • Save Churchill Part 2: Belly of the Beast
  • Save Churchill Part 3: Confrontation

Six Weapons Packs – Added fire power to help players eliminate their targets:

  • Hunter Weapons Pack
  • Camouflage Weapons Pack
  • Patriot Weapons Pack
  • Sniper Rifles Weapons Pack
  • Axis Weapons Pack
  • Eastern Front Weapons Pack

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Bonus content added to the base game since launch:

Six Multiplayer Maps – Expand your experience in the field with a diversity of treacherous and complex environments ****

  • Fracture
  • Night Watch
  • Outpost Canyon
  • Plantation
  • Lost Valley
  • Airstrip

Three Distinct Gameplay Modes – Hone your skills with three additional challenging missions

  • The Shooting Range (Single-player Mode)
  • 'Twilight Strike' Overwatch Mission (Co-Op Mission)
  • Capture The Flag (Multiplayer Mode)

Sniper Elite III: Ultimate Edition arrives on Tuesday, March 10. The Xbox One and Playstation 4 versions will cost $39.99, with the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 versions selling for $29.99.

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Sniper Elite III Twitch stream and giveaway

As our regular readers know, we stream a different Xbox One game at every Saturday evening and give out free copies of the featured game. So far, all of our weekend streaming games have been downloadable titles, stuff that tends to sell for $30 or less.

That will change this weekend. We're teaming up with 505 Games to stream Sniper Elite III (a full retail game) and give out free codes for it as prizes! You'll be able to tune in, watch me sneak around sniping at targets, chat with our excellent Twitch crowd, and possibly win your own copy of Sniper Elite III.

We're also debuting a number of stream upgrades this Saturday, such as a webcam view of yours truly. Longtime stream moderator Tylerh1701 will graduate to cohost of the stream as well, adding his narration to my own.

We'll be streaming Sniper Elite III on Saturday, January 17. The stream takes place at 8pm Central/6pm Pacific and lasts for 90 minutes. Follow my Twitch channel and then join us from your Xbox One, Windows Phone, PC, Playstation 4, or other mobile device for an hour and a half of entertainment and a chance to win one awesome sniping game!

Paul Acevedo

Paul Acevedo is the Games Editor at Windows Central. A lifelong gamer, he has written about videogames for over 15 years and reviewed over 350 games for our site. Follow him on Twitter @PaulRAcevedo. Don’t hate. Appreciate!