Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3, which is pitched as a reinvention of the series, will not come out in January 2017 as scheduled. Developer CI Games announced today that the shooter has been delayed to April 4 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

The studio said the delay gives the team more time to "further polish and optimize" the game. As announced previously, Ghost Warrior 3 is an open-world title, whereas its predecessors were more linear in nature.

"We're making an ambitious game and unfortunately still need an extra few months to make sure it will stand up to the expectations of the fans," CI Games CEO Marek Tyminski said in a statement. "Our goal is to ensure Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 runs smoothly on all platforms, and right now we still have some important work left on optimizing the game.

"This is our biggest project we've ever worked on and the entire team is pushing really hard to make the entire experience more polished," he added. "I really hope everyone will understand our decision and will wait the extra time to play something we're excited about, and that will redefine our IP and the sniping genre as a whole. This is a new beginning for the Sniper: Ghost Warrior series."

For more, check out GameSpot's preview and interview with CI Games from Gamescom. You can also watch this gameplay trailer showing off Ghost Warrior 3's open world.

Source: GameSpot