City Interactive (CI) Games has announced that it is delaying the launch of its upcoming Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 open-world shooter once again, following feedback from the game's beta test community.
The first in the franchise to feature a truly open world, Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 was announced by Polish studio CI Games back in 2014 with a planned launch date of the first half of 2016. The game is set in modern-day Eastern Europe, and notable for CI Games having poached senior producer Steve Hart from rival Rebellion's Sniper Elite franchise to help develop the open-world sniping experience. Sadly, its development has not been entirely smooth: in mid-2016 CI Games confirmed the title wouldn't be hitting the market until late January 2017, and by October 2016 it had revised the launch date once again to early April 2017.
Things appeared to be back on track when CI Games launched an open beta for the title in February, but the players' feedback has led to a last-minute delay for spit and polish. 'We've worked tirelessly creating a whole new Sniper Ghost Warrior experience set in an ambitiously crafted open world new to the series,' claimed Marek Tyminski, CI Games' chief executive, in his announcement of the delay to press. 'While it’s an unfortunate decision to delay the game one last time, we believe these final changes will result in a better experience for players worldwide on day one. Thank you for your patience – we know the wait will be worth it.'
The game is now scheduled to launch on Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on April 25th, providing there are no more last-minute scheduled slips.