Sniper Elite 5 will stir things up by letting players jump into your game, taking on the role of an Axis sniper.
If you’re groaning internally at the prospect of someone sullying your single-player game with their presence, don’t worry. You can turn off this new multiplayer feature, dubbed Invasion Mode, and you’ll only ever have to deal with computer-controlled Nazis.
If, however, you’re willing to risk getting your head ventilated by a human player, you could be in for a treat. Whether you’re the invader or invaded, suddenly facing off against a living, breathing person who’s smart enough to give you a run for your money, can be a welcome shift in gear. But in Sniper Elite 5’s case, there’s an extra twist.
Like previous Sniper Elite titles, this upcoming World War II FPS casts you as an, er, elite sniper, tasked with dispatching various Axis foes. The series has become famous for its gruesome “kill cam” which shows your bullet penetrating bone, muscle and other squishy bits as it passes through an enemy.
The twist, however, is that the Axis sniper can rally the other Axis troops around them, making them smarter and, hence, more of a threat. That sounds like it will give the Axis sniper an advantage, but it could also, potentially, give away their position. Presumably, it’ll be down to the Axis player whether that’s a risk worth taking.
As the Allied player, Sniper Elite 5’s central character, you can use “invasion phones” to discover the Axis player’s last location. But that means running all the way over to one and you can bet the Axis player will have thought about staking those out. It sounds like a lot of fun, particularly if you got a kick out of the last Sniper Elite game. Rebellion promises Invasion Mode can turn Sniper Elite 5 into an “..extremely intense, high stakes game of cat and mouse.”
Sniper Elite 5 was announced last December is set to arrive some time this year, landing on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S (including Xbox Game Pass), PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. Rebellion have also released a new cinematic trailer which you can watch above but given it’s pre-rendered, it’s likely nowhere near release.