'Sniper Elite V2' Announced For 2012 Release By Rebellion

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Rebellion Developments' 2005 third-person shooter "Sniper Elite" offered a different flavor of World War II shooter. The game emphasized taking a cautious approach to combat situations, employing stealth and the sniper protagonist's natural gifts for marksmanship in bringing the fight to the enemy. This was complicated by the game's use of real bullet physics, forcing players to account for elements like bullet drop and wind speed in lining up the perfect shot. It's no "Call of Duty," but the game was well-received by critics and fans who appreciated a little less guns blazing action in their shooter. Those people should be pleased today then, as Rebellion has announced the coming of a "Sniper Elite" sequel.

505 Games will publish "Sniper Elite V2" for a 2012 release on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, a press release reveals. No details are offered relating to the story or even whether or not Karl Fairburne, the previous game's protagonist

will return, though it seems that the sequel will stick with its predecessor's World War II setting.

"We're very excited to be working with Rebellion on this highly anticipated sequel. 'Sniper Elite' has always been the benchmark of the genre and never been bested... until now," 505 managing director Ian Howe said in the release. "We guarantee that the sequel will be the most authentic WW2 sniping experience ever – not just in terms of weapon ballistics, but also in delivering the heart-pulsing tension of those do or die moments where one shot really does matter."

Rebellion chief technology office Chris Kingsley also shared his thoughts on returning to the series in a statement. "It's fantastic for us to be involved in the world of 'Sniper Elite' again. We look forward to winning even more awards with 'Sniper Elite V2' and wowing the consumers with what will be a great game."