Pick up those rifles – the Nazi Zombie Army is back
We had fun with Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army – a good game with the potential for greatness if a few things were tweaked. Clearly we were not alone in thinking this, as its success has led to developer Rebellion announcing a sequel.
The appeal of taking the rather strict shooting mechanics of the Sniper Elite series, and adding the atmosphere of a zombie apocalypse appeared to surprise Rebellion themselves, with CEO Jason Kingsley quoted in a press release as saying “What we got though was a breakout hit. The co-op and the price put the game on the map, and suddenly we were at the top of the Steam charts. [...] When we had a second to breathe, we looked at the player data and it turns out most of them had never actually played another Sniper Elite game. We never knew it would tap into such a broad audience.”
Features from the original game are returning, including the four player co-op and the masochistic option to increase the number of enemies even in a single player game. There will also be a whole new campaign, including new enemies – though no details on what these may be, or what new features may be added.
There is also a hint of other, next generation console versions. Kingsley is quoted again as saying “As an independent, we’re obviously really excited about what we’re hearing from Sony and Microsoft when it comes to self publishing on PS4 and Xbox One. We think the series could be a great fit for them.”
So gather your buddies and practice your sharp-shooting (which you’ll need – the original demanded precision under pressure), because it looks like we’ll be heading back to an undead Berlin…
Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army 2 is due “later this year” on PC, presumably via Steam once again. Further versions are TBA