Inside Xbox Series X|S Optimized: Sniper Elite 4
One of the biggest benefits of all this hardware power is giving developers the ability to create games optimized for the Xbox Series X | S. This means that they have taken full advantage of the unique capabilities of the Xbox Series X | S, both for new titles built natively using the Xbox Series X | S development environment as well as for previously released titles. released that have been rebuilt specifically for the console. In our Inside Xbox Series X Optimized series, these creators will share behind the scenes of how they’re optimizing their titles for the Xbox Series X | S and what that means for the future of gaming. Today we’ll chat with the assistant producer of Rebellion Thomas Waterhouse Biggins on optimization Sniper 4 for Xbox Series X | S.
Q: What excites you the most about developing and Sniper 4 to life on next-generation hardware?
A: Sniper 4 is a game that we are extremely proud of as a studio and it’s exciting to be able to come back to it to improve the experience even further. We’re now able to run the game in 4K at 60 fps using next-gen hardware, giving gamers a smoother and sharper experience. The title was enabled by FPS Boost thanks to Microsoft, which gave us a great starting point to build a next-gen version of Sniper Elite 4. After working on Zombie Army 4 for Xbox Series X | S, we knew that we could go even further to provide additional benefits to players.
Q: Besides getting the power and performance of Xbox Series X | S for faster load times etc. which Xbox Series X | S features are you most excited to explore as you take advantage of the development of Sniper 4?
A: When we first ran the game with a better frame rate and better resolution, it was a really cool moment, but we wanted to see how we could improve the game. That led us to put in uses a technique called Contrast Sharpening. In addition to the increased resolution, this new feature creates an even clearer image and shows a great level of detail. Plus, the extra power allowed us to keep details of the surroundings and objects even at a distance. This is a huge bonus for the open levels and the variety of views found in the game.
Q: How will these improvements impact a player’s experience with Sniper 4?
A: With the game set in Italy, we really got to enjoy the great places there when creating the levels. The power of the Xbox Series X | S allows us to show these places in their best light, from the sunny fishing village of Bitanti Village to the thick forest of the Regilino Viaduct. We have taken a more open approach to the world of level design to Sniper 4 and it’s exciting to see these landscapes run at 4K while staying at 60fps.
Q: Why did your development team choose to focus on increasing resolution and higher frame rates as areas of improvement for Sniper 4?
A: Sniping is an integral part of the gaming experience and thanks to an increased frame rate and higher resolution it has never been so enjoyable. Frame rate improvements increase responsiveness, allowing for even sharper shots. The increased resolution makes it easier to monitor open areas and locate enemies, as well as see all the gory details in bullet cameras. The end result is that getting the perfect shot is now even more satisfying.
Q: How do you want fans of Sniper 4 will respond to playback on Xbox Series X | S with these enhancements?
A: Our fans come to the series for some authentic WWII sniper action and the upgrades only add to that experience. Whether it’s playing through the countryside, jumping online with a friend for co-op action, or taking on the world in a variety of competitive multiplayer modes; all gamers will benefit when playing on Xbox Series X | S.
Q: What does development look like on Xbox Series X | S?
A: The initial process of setting up and running the game on the new hardware was both quick and easy. Thanks to our experience with Zombie army 4 earlier in the year we knew we could easily add these improvements. It wasn’t long before we could see the benefits of faster load times with increased frame rate and resolution and what that would mean for gamers. The ease of development of Zombie army 4 meant we couldn’t resist going back and revisiting Sniper 4.
Q: What improvement were you most excited to explore? Sniper 4 on Xbox Series X | S?
A: It’s hard to say, thanks to the improved loading you can jump through the big levels much faster and during the game the levels are amazing and the controls are much smoother. Personally, it was great to see the improvements come together to improve bullet cams. We always enjoy all of the amazing sniping shots players take and the reactions of people to the bullet camera. Therefore, it’s great to be able to give players an even better version.
Q: What does the development of the Xbox Series X | S allow in current or future projects that you would not have been able to achieve with the previous generation of consoles?
A: With each new game in the Sniper Elite series, we have strived to improve and evolve the gameplay to ensure we deliver the ultimate sniper experience. The Xbox Series X | S gives us the opportunity to take further steps forward for the series, and we look forward to taking full advantage of consoles in our future titles.
Developments of the rebellion Ltd.
Experience unparalleled sniper freedom in the largest and most advanced WWII shooter ever built. Experience tactical third-person combat, choice gameplay, and epic action plans through massive levels while freeing wartime Italy from the grip of fascism. Following on from its award-winning predecessor, Sniper Elite 4 transports players across the beautiful Italian peninsula, from sunny Mediterranean coastal towns to ancient forests, mountainous valleys and colossal Nazi mega-infrastructures. Secret agent and sniper Karl Fairburne must fight alongside the brave men and women of the Italian Resistance and defeat a terrifying new threat with the potential to stop the Allied response in Europe before it even begins. EXPANDED CAMPAIGN Experience hours of addicting gameplay in massive campaign levels with hundreds of enemies, vehicles, and high-ranking Nazi officers to hunt. Make your own path to your objectives, discover new sniper nests, find secret side missions, collectibles and more! AWARD-WINNING SNIPING Experience genre-defining rifle ballistics, where snipers must consider wind, gravity and heart rate to deliver satisfying shots over hundreds of yards. EXTENSIVE ARSENAL Perfectly adapt to any combat situation with an impressive array of iconic WWII sniper rifles, pistols, submachine guns, heavy weapons, traps, grenades and explosives. DEEP CUSTOMIZATION Fine-tune your combat effectiveness by improving your skills and fine-tuning key weapon characteristics such as scope magnification, muzzle velocity, and stability. Create and edit custom loadouts for any encounter. SMOOTH CROSSES AND TAKEDOWNS Climb, hang on, move and jump through the game’s vast environments to take down enemies and deliver deadly blows from cover, suspended over ledges and more! ACCLAIMED X-RAY KILL CAMS Sniper Elite’s famous X-ray Kill camera returns with all new visuals and features, now framing your most impressive melee attacks and explosive traps in stunning detail. TACTICAL COOPERATION Play the entire campaign online with another player or engage in dedicated cooperative game modes for up to 4 players. HIGH MULTIPLAYER Enjoy Sniper Elite’s signature marksmanship in a unique competitive game for up to 12 players in 7 modes across 6 custom maps. Even more modes and maps will be released for FREE after launch!