Sniper Elite 5 launching in 2022 as a day one Xbox Game Pass title

Sniper Elite 5 Announcement Screenshot
Sniper Elite 5 Announcement Screenshot (Image credit: Rebellion)

What you need to know

  • Sniper Elite 5 is the latest installment in the high-intensity Sniper Elite franchise from Rebellion.
  • Expert marksman Karl Fairburne is returning, this time in France, with an all-new campaign and plenty of improvements and new features.
  • Alongside an improved X-ray kill cam, Sniper Elite 5 is also gaining several PvP and co-op online multiplayer modes.
  • Sniper Elite 5 is aiming for a 2022 release on Xbox, PlayStation, PC, and Xbox and PC Game Pass.

Rebellion is a successful indie studio most well-known for its Sniper Elite franchise, which lets players take control of marksman Karl Fairburne and battle against a variety of enemies — usually with a high-powered sniper rifle in hand. Sniper Elite 4 was an excellent sequel, but Rebellion confirmed during an ID@Xbox event that it's time to leave it behind. Sniper Elite 5 is happening, and it's aiming for a 2022 release on Xbox, PlayStation, and PC. Oh, it's also a day one release for Xbox Game Pass.

Sniper Elite 5 is an evolution of the franchise, featuring an all-new campaign set in France and a variety of improvements. The infamous X-ray bullet camera that drew people to the Sniper Elite titles has been further improved in Sniper Elite 5 with improved bone physics, more cinematic shots, and the ability for sidearms and SMGs to activate the kill cam also. There's also in-depth weapon customization, improved traversal and world physics, and several online multiplayer modes. Players can drop into other players' campaigns as an enemy sniper, in a similar vein to Deathloop, participate in 16-player PvP, or grab three other players in co-op to go against waves of enemies.

Sniper Elite 5 looks to be a solid move forward for the series, and may end up being one of the best Xbox Game Pass games when it arrives day one on Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass. Sniper Elite 5 doesn't have a specific release date yet, but it's aiming to drop at some point in 2022. When it releases, Sniper Elite 5 will be available on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, and PC through the Epic Games Store, Steam, and Microsoft Store.

You can see more images of Sniper Elite 5 below, or watch the announcement trailer on YouTube.

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