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Sniper Elite 5 developer Rebellion Developments has issued an apology to PC gamers who had pre-ordered the fifth installment of its tactical shooter series from the Epic Games Store but discovered that the game wouldn’t be available on that platform at launch as initially intended. The PC version of the game was supposed to be available through the Epic Games Store, Steam, and the Windows Store, but Sniper Elite fans will only be able to find it on Valve and Microsoft’s store fronts at the current time. Rebellion hasn’t provided an explanation for why Sniper Elite 5 was pulled from the Epic Games Store, only noting in its statement that it happened due to circumstances beyond its control. Sniper Elite 5 has received generally positive reviews since its release on Wednesday.

“Due to circumstances beyond our control Sniper Elite 5 was not available on the Epic Store at launch but will release on that platform in the future,” Rebellion said in a statement. “We apologise for any inconvenience.”

“If you have pre-ordered through Epic, you should have received a refund – if not, please reach out to them here,” reads another statement on Sniper Elite 5’s support site.

The latest instalment in the award-winning series, Sniper Elite 5 offers unparalleled sniping, tactical third-person combat and an enhanced kill cam. Fight your way across the most immersive maps yet, with many real-world locations captured in stunning detail, and an improved traversal system that lets you explore more of them than ever before.

France, 1944 – As part of a covert US Rangers operation to weaken the Atlantikwall fortifications along the coast of Brittany, elite marksman Karl Fairburne makes contact with the French Resistance. Soon they uncover a secret Nazi project that threatens to end the war before the Allies can even invade Europe: Operation Kraken.

Source: Rebellion (via VGC)

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7 comments

  1. Let me guess. Epic refused to sell it unless it's not on steam

    As for the 'gamers' who pre-ordered it on egs, maybe you should re-evaluate your life choices and not deal with bullies / under the table dealers when other options are available. Or never even.
  2. My guess would be multiplayer issues, especially the invasion mode that lets people invade other's games to duel during a mission. Maybe issues with crossplay between steam/ms and epic.
  3. My guess would be money. Someone wanted more money after the fact - although I couldn't say who.
    I think you have the right of it. They had an agreement with Epic and were going to launch there but a competitor didn't want EPIC to have it so paid more to cover the penalty and additional profit to be exclusive to them.

    That or there was a moment without wokeness.

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