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Sniper Elite 3 developer Rebellion revokes a number of codes they claim were stolen.

PC users have been left without the games they paid for, after Sniper Elite 3 developer Rebellion revoked a number of codes they claim were stolen and sold on to digital retailers.

[Update: It is being reported that this issue has affected over 7,000 Steam users.]

Consumers who bought the game in good faith have since had their ownership of it cancelled, provoking angry messages and posts to Rebellion on Steam and via email.

Issuing a statement through the Steam forums, Rebellion stated: “We have been saddened to learn that some fans have been caught out by companies selling unlicensed or stolen Sniper Elite 3 Steam keys. If you have been affected by this we encourage you to contact the seller in question and seek a refund immediately.

“In addition we’re aware that some gamers may have pre-ordered these keys in good faith, believing them to be genuine – missing out on both the game, and the “Target Hitler” DLC pre-order incentive.”  The developer goes on to say, “In response to this we’d like to offer the “Target Hitler” DLC FREE to all those affected by this.”

One distributor, CJS-CDKEYS, who sold legitimate codes for Sniper Elite 3, has accused Rebellion of underhanded price-fixing tactics:

“We think it is wrong that a company should accuse 60+ retailers in our sub sector of the industry of being illegitimate,” a statement on their site reads, “An interesting point is that the issue is not unique to companies dedicated to selling CD Keys.  There are also many reports that customers who purchased from official outlets such as GreenManGaming were also affected by the scam.  The only keys which were NOT revoked appear to be keys sourced from boxed copies of the game, and keys bought directly on Steam.

“Unfortunately, we find it rather hard to believe that a single set of ‘stolen’ keys managed to reach official distributors and publisher offices all around the world.  We believe that this statement: ‘As a developer Rebellion are happy for you to purchase the game anywhere you see fit’ is an absolute fabrication.”

GreenManGaming has since issued a statement to GamesIndustry.biz that all of its Steam keys were legitimately acquired from Rebellion and that there was some confusion from customers who entered the game codes for the DLC, or vice-versa.  They also stated that Rebellion had informed them of a security breach at a DVD retailer.

“As a legitimate business trading working officially with Rebellion, we are of course concerned about any article that might potentially associate us with stolen keys, key stripping, or price fixing allegations.”

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Rebellion has announced a very Limited Special Edition of Sniper Elite 3 for PC, with only 1000 copies been made.

Exclusive to Rebellion Gamestore, the version of the game is packed with hundreds of pounds worth of content, including a host of rare collectibles and merchandise, many of which can’t be found in any other edition of the game, as well as the game itself and access to all future DLC.

The Sniper Elite 3 Limited Special Edition contents:

  • Sniper Elite 3 PC game supplied on 2 DVDs.
  • Access to ALL current and future Sniper Elite 3 PC DLC packs.
  • Bespoke game tin protected by an individually numbered card sleeve.
  • Wax-sealed secret dossier including: tank & weapon schematics, maps of North Africa, spotter’s guides and more!
  • A5 card hand-signed by members of the Sniper Elite 3 development team.
  • Limited edition t-shirt.
  • Hand-illustrated playing cards representing American, British, Italian and German forces.
  • A2 firing range poster.
  • 6 x original Sniper Elite 3 postcards.
  • Woven Sniper Elite 3 badge with heat activated adhesive backing.
  • Printed Instruction manual.

The version will ship on the game’s June 27th worldwide PC launch and is priced £89.99. If you want to get all this you better be quick, once they are gone, they are gone forever.

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Some say Hitler shot himself in a bunker in Berlin in 1945. Others believe he fell to a sniper bullet two year earlier during a secret trip to North Africa. Or was it his double? Decide for yourself when you get your hands on Sniper Elite 3’s pre-order bonus “Hunt The Grey Wolf.”

Hitler, Allied code name “Grey Wolf”, and his double have embarked upon a clandestine trip to the Libyan port town of Tobruk in 1942. In order to prepare for this mission, and that crucial final shot, OSS Agent Karl Fairburne must infiltrate the ancient streets and crumbling rooftops of the German-held town using stealth and distraction. Featuring an expansive open environment, and randomized target identities, journals and locations, no two playthroughs will be the same.

The question is – can you tell fact from fiction, the real target from the double?
The latest chapter in the award winning series, Sniper Elite 3 takes players to the unforgiving, exotic terrain of WWII’s North Africa conflict in a battle against a deadly new foe.

Sniper Elite 3 will release across Europe on 27th June, 2014 for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3. The game will also release digitally on the same day for Xbox Live for Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PlayStation Network for both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3. The PC version, which is being self-published by Rebellion, will also be release on June 27.

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Independent UK developer Rebellion today announced that the successful Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army series has reached over half a million sales across Steam, retail, and the Rebellion Gamestore.

Released a year ago today, the series made its debut with Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army – a horror spin-off from Sniper Elite V2.

To celebrate the series’ first birthday, the studio has released a bundle pack including both games (Nazi Zombie Army 1 & 2) and launched a 75% sale on both Steam (ending March 3rd) and the Rebellion Gamestore (ending March 7th).

That means you can pick up the entire series for just £4.49 / $6.25 or download either game on their own for just £2.49 / $3.75. A bit of a bargain really!

Rebellion has also announced that a console entry is now in development. Both games were previously only available on PC, and having teased the possibilities in previous statements Rebellion’s CEO and Creative Director Jason Kingsley has now finally confirmed that a console entry is in development.

“We can’t say much yet but it won’t just be a re-package of the first two games – there will be plenty of new content to get stuck into.”

“Like many independent developers, we’re still learning the ropes and having a lot of conversations with the platform holders. We’re not at the stage where we can confirm the platforms right now, but we’re fortunate to have experience already from self-publishing on Steam and mobile, so we’re confident it’ll go smoothly.”

T1 scored the original Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army release a 10.5/13. The series has gone on to sell over half a million units world-wide in just one year.

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    The new issue of T1 Daily is available now, bringing you the best of today’s gaming news in magazine format!

    The February 14th 2013 issue of Thirteen1 includes:

    Rebellion Unleashes Nazi Zombie Army
    -The mystery behind Rebellion’s cryptic horror teaser trailers has been revealed!

    Happy Jill Valentine Day!
    -Capcom has taken advantage of Valentine’s Day by today releasing a set of new Resident Evil: Revelations screenshots, all showing the kick-ass Jill Valentine in action.

    The Last of Us Delayed until June
    -It’s supposed to be the most romantic day of the year, but that hasn’t stopped Naughty Dog driving a little dagger into our hearts.

    Who is Eric Bane? Explore the World of DARK in Newly Released Trailer
    -In DARK, the upcoming stealth-action title from Kalypso Media, you’ll play as Eric as you unravel the mystery of why he was chosen to become something more than human…a vampire.

    Read Today’s Issue of T1 Daily

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      The mystery behind Rebellion’s cryptic horror teaser trailers has been revealed! Today, the studio confirmed they have been working on Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army, a new standalone zombie themed entry to the Sniper Elite series, launching Feb 28th.

      Hot on the heels of two cryptic videos teasing a brand new horror game, today’s reveal was accompanied by yet another trailer, this time revealing four characters fighting together in a desperate last stand against terrifying supernatural enemies.

      Read More in Today’s Issue of T1 Daily

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        This weeks videogames highlights are a bit of a mixed bag to be honest, but I’ll try to keep it positive. I think we’ve all heard enough about the (approximately) $2,467 you’ll need to spend just to play all of Dead Space 3. Right? Right!

        Actually, if we had a virtual naughty step here at T1, we’d be making EA sit on it for the entire weekend. Just so they can think about what they’ve done. I mean, why should they be allowed to play outside with their friends when they’re assaulting Dead Space 3 with more micro-transactions than a midgets personal ATM? Not only that, but the powerhouse publisher has added insult to injury by shelving Medal of Honor for the foreseeable future and opting to make Battlefield an annual outing instead. Like I said, that’s bad, EA. Bad!

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          The new issue of T1 Daily is available now, bringing you the best of today’s gaming news in magazine format!

          The January 29th 2012 issue of Thirteen1 includes:

          Sniper Elite Devs Tease a New Game
          -Rebellion Developments , developer of last year’s Sniper Elite V2, has today released a surprise teaser trailer for an upcoming, currently untitled project.

          GUNS and ROBOTS Shoots Up A New Teaser Trailer
          -Masthead Studios, developers of the impossibly coolly titled free-to-play shooter, GUNS and ROBOTS, has today released a teaser trailer of the games new arena.

          Crysis 3 Multiplayer Starts While Crytek Swallows Vigil Games
          -It’s an exciting day for the guys at Crytek. Not only does today mark the beginning of the multiplayer beta for console-maxing shooter, Crysis 3; Crytek have also announced the opening of Crytek USA Corp.

          Sins of a Dark Age – First Gameplay Teaser
          -Ironclad Games has finally released a gameplay trailer of highly anticipated upcoming MOBA, Sins of a Dark Age.

          Read Today’s Issue of T1 Daily

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