Sniper Elite V2 will emulate the “voyeuristic emotional attachment a sniper feels for his prey” according to the project’s producer Steve Hart.
The bold claim was made during a demo session at the Oxford developer last year which revealed a revitalised kill-cam mechanic from the franchise’s first entry. The functionality adds a nifty automated camera which follows a bullet when fired all the way to its intended target showing the results with neat cutaways revealing torn cartilage, fractured bone, punctured eyes, ruptured testicles, exploding hearts and other grisly scenarios.
They’ve even put together a trailer to show the impressive tech in full flow – a word of warning though it isn’t for the faint hearted.
“We wanted people to understand want they were doing to the victim. We were briefed to bring the killcam to this generation of consoles and PC, so we looked at distance, the cameras used, and full screen effects to make it feel as nice as possible, but we really latched onto this voyeuristic emotional attachment that the sniper has with his or her prey,” explained Mr Hart.
“We felt by watching exactly what your actions have done to your victim, that would kind of support that notion. It’s a bit sick really, but I really like the fact that it achieves what it sets out to do. Okay it’s a cool feature and many gamers out there will be laughing their heads off, but we would hope to reach the more serious gamer which would think ‘Crikey, I’ve just ripped that guys lung out of his chest, or his heart has just burst in front of me’.”
“We want to tug on emotional heart strings in a way that you can’t really get away with in a game, but we’re going to give it a go.”
Seeing this mechanic in play we can attest to both its empowering and visceral nature, and seeing as the results of a bullet entering an enemy are all procedurally generated the number of deaths depicted in gruesome detail number in the hundreds.
Sniper Elite V2 will be released on PC and consoles later this year and we suspect this title won’t have any trouble differentiating itself from the competition.
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