Sniper Elite 4 has been delayed to February 14, 2017, Rebellion has confirmed. The game had previously been due later this year.
The date now pins the game one month behind rival shooter Sniper Ghost Warrior 3, which also suffered a setback into 2017 earlier today.
"When we revealed Sniper Elite 4 back in March our plan was to release it at the end of 2016," said Rebellion co-founders Jason and Chris Kingsley. "However, we now know Battlezone will release in October as a launch title alongside PlayStation VR. That gave us a tough decision to make. Ultimately, we’re a relatively small independent studio, and releasing two major titles in the same quarter didn't seem like a sensible thing to do. A few of our shared internal teams will probably sleep a bit easier now!"
The delay will result in a "win-win" for both fans and the studio, though, Rebellion believes.
"Launching Sniper Elite 4 in February gives us the opportunity to take a game that’s already received some of the best preview feedback we've ever had, and give it that extra bit of attention. We know a lot of you will be disappointed you won’t get to play Sniper Elite 4 this year, but we feel this decision will prove in the long run to be a win-win for both us and you, the fans."
Sniper Elite 4 is currently in development for PS4, Xbox One and PC. For a look at some new screenshots head through here.