Sniper Elite aims at North America

Namco zooms in on a fourth-quarter release date for its sharpshooting sim; game has PC, Xbox, and PS2 in its sights.

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Namco Hometek today announced that it will be publishing Sniper Elite in North America this winter. The game, in development from UK-based studio Rebellion, will be available on the Xbox, PlayStation 2, and PC. The shooter was first announced by the developer in May of 2003, but it hadn't found a publisher for the North American region.

In Sniper Elite (previously named Sniper Elite: Berlin 1945), gamers will get behind the scope of a sniper rifle during World War II. As an American marksman armed with long-ranged firepower and disguised as a German soldier, players will attempt to thwart research on atomic weapons to preserve world order.

"With their unparalleled survival skills, composure in the face of danger, and ruthless precision, snipers have captivated the minds of action fans for years," said Garry Cole, executive vice president of Namco Hometek. "Sniper Elite re-creates the life of a World War II sniper in a hostile environment, evading enemy soldiers while seeking cover and waiting for an opportunity to take the perfect shot."

Sniper Elite will feature 28 open-ended levels, and it will force gamers to deal with everything that snipers have to, including wind direction, gravity, and heart rate. The game will also feature hunt-or-be-hunted online and offline modes, as well as cooperative play.

For more on Sniper Elite, head over to GameSpot's previous coverage, or check back next week for details from E3.

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