Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 is currently in development for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, with CI Games aiming for a 2016 release, the studio announced today.
The new game will be the first in the series to be made with a "AAA production effort," according to the press release. It's being built from the ground up for current-gen platforms, with a development team that includes Steve Hart, former senior producer of Rebellion’s Sniper Elite V2, and combat veteran and former Marine Paul B. Robinson.
"The Sniper: Ghost Warrior franchise is one of the most popular in the CI Games portfolio with over 5.5 million copies sold, so we’re investing a significant amount of effort into the third installment," said Marek Tyminski, CEO, CI Games. "We’re fully committed to creating a AAA franchise that gamers can rely on for the ultimate first-person sniper experience."
The new game is set in modern-day Eastern Europe, with players controlling a sniper caught in the middle of a conflict between three warring factions. The focus is on "non-linear, sandbox-style gameplay on large open-ended maps," and will offer "intriguing challenges for tactically-minded gamers, while still remaining accessible to first-person shooter fans."
The Sniper: Ghost Warrior series began in 2010 with a game of the same name for Xbox 360 and PC, that was later ported to PlayStation 3. A sequel, Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 came out in 2013 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. Both games met with mixed to negative reviews, with Metacritic scores in the 50s across all platforms.