Rebellion, the maker of the Sniper Elite series, said it was bringing “a major unannounced new title” to E3 2019. Now we know what that is: Zombie Army: Dead War 4, which appears to be a sequel to the Zombie Army Trilogy spinoff that followed 2014’s Sniper Elite 3.
In an extended, pre-rendered cinematic trailer, Rebellion dropped gameplay hints more subtle than that hit-you-over-the-head title. Players appear to be working in a team of four, Left 4 Dead style (or Strange Brigade, if you prefer). The fighters, a diverse bunch of women and men, seem to be class-based, or at least have specific perks.
The setup references the events of Zombie Army Trilogy’s campaign when the four heroes (Sniper Elite’s Karl Fairburne, a Russian and two German defectors) killed undead Hitler and cast him into Hell. Now he’s back at the head of a horde of undead goose-steppers (goose-shamblers?). Some of them carry the weapons they had when they were living — a flamethrower for example.
The heroes use sniper rifles, weapon emplacements, booby traps and gear dropped by their foes (all hallmarks of Sniper Elite play) to carve through the horde. The x-ray kill cam is also here, in case you want to shoot the decaying testicles off a wight.
Zombie Army: Dead War 4 does not yet have a launch date (other than next year) but it will be available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC on the Epic Games Store.
Zombie Army Trilogy, which launched in 2015, was a stand-alone compilation of the original Nazi Zombie Army DLC for Sniper Elite V2 and Sniper Elite 3, with the all-new campaign packed in. Earlier this year, Rebellion Developments announced Sniper Elite 3 Ultimate Edition for Nintendo Switch and Sniper Elite V2 Remastered, which have since launched. A stand-alone Sniper Elite VR game is still forthcoming.