Sniper Elite 3 to tap AMD’s Mantle API

Another game has joined the ranks of Mantle-enabled titles. Earlier today, Rebellion Entertainment announced plans to use AMD’s new graphics API in Sniper Elite 3, the latest instalment in its shooter series. The game is due out next year.

Rebellion is actually building Mantle support into its homebrewed Asura engine, which powers all of the studio’s games—"from advanced PC titles, to mobile and next-generation console games." (Mantle itself is PC-only for now, though.) Rebellion CEO and Creative Director Jason Kingsley said Mantle support will be a "crucial part of [Rebellion’s] plans for the next year," so I expect Sniper Elite 3 won’t be the last of the studio’s titles to harness the API.

Last week, we learned that 15 of EA’s upcoming games will also support Mantle. That’s in addition to Battlefield 4, which will get a Mantle patch next month, as well as Thief and Star Citizen, which hail from other studios and publishers.

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    • BenBasson
    • 6 years ago

    I wish they’d consider adding support for actually sniping in a game with the word “sniper” in the title. The first one was about 5 minutes of sniping and about 5 hours of stealthing around in bushes along a linear path. Very little choice in setting up snipes. Very little to actually do with any kind of sniping strategy. Classic EA shitfest.

      • LostCat
      • 6 years ago

      Umm, this has nothing to do with EA.

    • delsydsoftware
    • 6 years ago

    Does this mean 9X more testicle-explosion draw calls? 🙂

    • ronch
    • 6 years ago

    It must be worrisome for Nvidia and Microsoft how AMD is quickly gaining support for Mantle. I don’t think many developers will even bother to support a new API if it didn’t offer any tangible benefits that are worth the extra effort. It’s either Mantle is super-easy to support, or Mantle offers dramatic performance gains, or both.

      • LostCat
      • 6 years ago

      They’re open to NV supporting it, so I doubt NV would be terribly concerned. MS might be a different story.

        • Melvar
        • 6 years ago

        Yeah, the worst case scenario for Nvidia is that it really takes off and they have to write another driver. Mantle can’t be as locked in to the GCN hardware as its critics claim, or it wouldn’t work on AMD’s next architecture, which they have implied that it will.

      • syndicatedragon
      • 6 years ago

      I’d support it too if someone gave me a bag of cash.

        • puppetworx
        • 6 years ago

        I’ve heard this a lot and I have to say it doesn’t make complete sense to me. It’s not like AMD has lots of cash on hand, they’re not Intel. EA has over two and a half times the revenue of AMD.

        EA is developing 15 games with Mantle, has AMD really got the cash to pay for all that development time and the time it takes to teach the developers how to use it? Would EA really accept an offer to take a bunch of it’s employees and partially pay them to implement something which doesn’t benefit them at all?

        We’ve yet to see but I can’t help thinking: maybe Mantle is just good?

          • Pwnstar
          • 6 years ago

          That’s because it is a lie. AMD paid $8 million to buy Battlefield 4 keys to bundle with Never Settle, not to entice EA to use Mantle. People are either confused or lying.

            • Klimax
            • 6 years ago

            Last time I was reading about DICE and money by AMD it was just money for BF4, not keys. And if that was only keys, then why it is optional for partners and they have to buy them themselves?

            If there was any clarification about that, is there a link for it?

            • Pwnstar
            • 6 years ago

            Never Settle is run by AMD, not optional partners. They have to pay for the keys they give away, but they don’t pay full price.

            • Klimax
            • 6 years ago

            I referred to this:
            [url<]https://techreport.com/news/25660/amd-only-some-r9-cards-will-be-bundled-with-bf4[/url<]

    • LostCat
    • 6 years ago

    Out of curiousity, when was the last time something got this much dev love before anything was even using it? I don’t remember anything.

      • syndicatedragon
      • 6 years ago

      Money is a powerful motivator

      • Milo Burke
      • 6 years ago

      G-Sync?

        • LostCat
        • 6 years ago

        That had what two guys talking about it? Woo hoo!

          • Pwnstar
          • 6 years ago

          Two guys on TWITTER no less. Wow, nVidia has it made.

            • Meadows
            • 6 years ago

            As a layman, I’m interested in GSync more. I simply don’t get the feeling today that my computer would need more performance. The display, on the other hand…

    • Klimax
    • 6 years ago

    Considering Elite Sniper2 not surprising.

    Just wondering if any other studio beside DICE got money from AMD.

      • LostCat
      • 6 years ago

      Seems like DICE pretty much developed it. I doubt it.

        • Klimax
        • 6 years ago

        It could explain some things, but not that much money they got. (Some say it was for BF4 keys, but it isn’t consistent with other facts like BF 4 bundle optional.)

        There is quite void in known facts to be sure.

    • l33t-g4m3r
    • 6 years ago

    You can make 99% of console ports support mantle, but it won’t mean anything if AMD’s drivers still crash and burn on every new release. Plus you still have the fact that AMD is not actively supporting any new tech, like 3d monitors, or a gsync alternative.

    AMD is now a bargain basement brand that only supports the bare minimum of features, and they even have a hard time doing that with their drivers. With today’s hardware being so OP, the only real use I see for mantle is in APU’s, and life extension of older AMD cards, which could mean lower future sales.

    At the end of the day, Mantle doesn’t bring any new features to the table, and people wanting those features will go elsewhere.

      • Sagia
      • 6 years ago

      also, there is no point buying a next gen console that use AMD Jaguar core (that even slower than Intel Bay-trail) with 1.6ghz and only gpu with 7870 performance level (or less) . The only thing that matter right now if “anyone” can even using hUMA to make a their program

      • Mr. Eco
      • 6 years ago

      And yet I am perfectly happy with my HD7850. Excellent performance, quiet, power efficient. Zero driver issues; I do not even update them regularly – no need.
      And they say Mantle will support 7xxx cards, so I will get ~10% boost in performance later on.

      • Pwnstar
      • 6 years ago

      Are you serious with this post?

        • Waco
        • 6 years ago

        I honestly can’t tell if he trolls a lot or if he’s really this dense…

        • l33t-g4m3r
        • 6 years ago

        Do you actually have a differing opinion, or was this question the extent of your inquiry? Mantle is a solution in search of a problem. AMD still needs to start supporting new features like 3d monitors, and improve their driver performance and stability. Mantle doesn’t fix that, it only bypasses some dx overhead through a proprietary api, which isn’t a magic bullet cure all, and it’s still vaporware.

        I liked AMD up until dx10, then their drivers just became unusable. You have to play their games, with their supported configuration, meaning only gaming evolved titles, with non-3d displays. Forcing AA is a no-no too. You don’t get to play games how you want, you play them how AMD wants you to, and I don’t agree with that. If I want to force AA, use 3d, have a smooth framerate, and not worry about the stability of drivers, then I’ll go with the brand that works. Nevermind the heat and cooling issues, which I can ignore to an extent. Drivers are everything to a video card, and AMD hasn’t had good ones for a long time. CCC needs to diaf too. Pure bugfest bloat, although nvidia’s getting there with geforce experience, but that does have some functionality, and it’s optional.

          • ClickClick5
          • 6 years ago

          Go to bed, wake up in a few hours. You sir are cranky.

      • UnknownZA
      • 6 years ago

      Come on, what does AMD have to do with 3D monitors? Not even Nvidia makes 3D monitors afaik. Also, why does AMD need a GSync alternative? GSync is used only for cards that can’t reach 60fps consistently? Last time I saw the new R9 290/290x plays well at 1920×1080. So no need for a new monitor.

      I hope Mantle supports older cards.

      And what do you mean by people wanting mantle’s features will go elsewhere? Where? Nvidia?

      Please stop trolling.

    • GabrielBelmont
    • 6 years ago

    Great news for AMD; EA, Square Enix, Sony, Rebellion, Capcom, Namco and Crytek all support Mantle.
    All is left is for Gaben to stop drooling over the $25 millions he got from Intel/Nvidia and make the jump to the Great Red side of Mantle.
    Intel and Nvidia is just a lost cause for him and for Steam!
    High level APIs such as Open Gl have nothing on Mantle and HUMA combination D

      • HisDivineOrder
      • 6 years ago

      Lots of edits on a small post plus insanely positive faith in AMD combined with a hardcore and seemingly unsupported belief that AMD will now destroy nVidia and Intel in one fell swoop…

      The spigzone is strong with this one.

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 6 years ago

      One thing you missed: HSA

      • Klimax
      • 6 years ago

      High-level API have nothing on Mantle? Hahaha. How about not having to do manual work for starters? Or not being beholden to single vendor?

      • madgun
      • 6 years ago

      What stops Nvidia from promoting CUDA for gaming? We don’t need multiple APIs.

        • BlackStar
        • 6 years ago

        Because it’s not suitable for real-time 3d graphics.

          • Klimax
          • 6 years ago

          How? What is missing?
          Just because it doesn’t have bundled rasterizer and maybe few other things which can be added like everything else? (Note, there is research project under NVidia Research with fully software rasterizer and it appeared to be quite complete)

          And if NVidia wants, then upgrading library is trivial from this angle as it wouldn’t touch most of code, just add it.

      • Sagia
      • 6 years ago

      What??? I didn’t know that Capcom, Namco, Crytek AND even Sony support mantle… Any source for such a claim?

      • Pwnstar
      • 6 years ago

      THE GABEN IS HUNGRY!

    • DrCR
    • 6 years ago

    [readingtomuchintothis]
    Looks like this game takes “arcade” to a whole new level of meh. Car going three times as fast as coefficient of drag would allow, no leading the target, shooting one dude only to magically blow up the whole car later.

    I know a vid is rarely a good representation of a game, but this looks like a sim without any satisfaction of achievement i.e. the worst of both words.

    Edit: Oh, and woot for AMD. Now how’s the *nix driver development going?

      • JosiahBradley
      • 6 years ago

      I guess games aren’t supposed to be fun anymore 🙁

      • Melvar
      • 6 years ago

      He tried to shoot Baldy in the head, but he didn’t lead the target and missed, hitting the engine. About 20 seconds after he fired the round.

        • HisDivineOrder
        • 6 years ago

        I think the round caused a slo-mo effect that disrupted time and space momentarily.

        …it was a powerful round.

          • willmore
          • 6 years ago

          This is the most reasonable explanation of that horrible clip.

            • Chrispy_
            • 6 years ago

            I’m just glad that they modelled the car correctly, because a car that doesn’t blow up from a single bullet is no car worth getting into.

            • willmore
            • 6 years ago

            Well, I’m sure someone will correct me, but isn’t that a Porche engine? I can see that being realistic.

    • sweatshopking
    • 6 years ago

    HOW IS HE MAINTAINING CONTROL AT THE 1000KM/H HE’S DRIVING ON SAND!?!?!

      • Meadows
      • 6 years ago

      With Volvo power steering, judging by how relaxed the driver is.

        • HisDivineOrder
        • 6 years ago

        He’s daydreaming about kittens and butterflies and rainbows. What’s not to be relaxed about?

        • kuraegomon
        • 6 years ago

        And cue the Enya in 3…2…1…

          • Pwnstar
          • 6 years ago

          Enya – Only Time
          [url<]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wfYIMyS_dI[/url<]

            • Deijya
            • 6 years ago

            We’re talking about the Volvo truck commercial with Van Damme you N00b!

            • Pwnstar
            • 6 years ago

            And I’ll give you two guesses what song the commercial plays, you nub!

            • Meadows
            • 6 years ago

            Have you even heard of Enya or clicked the link?

            • sweatshopking
            • 6 years ago

            ENYA IS FOR GIRLZ.

            • Meadows
            • 6 years ago

            Did you just call Van Damme a girl?

      • ronch
      • 6 years ago

      That vehicle is also powered by Mantle, so all the instructions by the driver to the vehicle are routed and processed far more efficiently, resulting in greater vehicular stability and control.

    • indeego
    • 6 years ago

    Needs more JFK.

    Too soon?

      • HisDivineOrder
      • 6 years ago

      I think it should have been JFK behind the rifle. The game is about how JFK was forced to fake his own death, take on a new name, join a spec ops team, and kill everyone responsible for the Bay of Pigs.

      In a twist, you start the game facilitating the faking of your own death by showing that in fact the man on the grassy knoll was JFK himself taking out a double who himself thought he killed you and took your place. During the panic, you do a close up of JFK and he takes out a cigar and lights it. Puffing.

      His spotter? Nixon. /gasp

        • Terra_Nocuus
        • 6 years ago

        …I’d play that

        • derFunkenstein
        • 6 years ago

        A better story than 90% of FPSes out there right now

      • dashbarron
      • 6 years ago

      Myself? Yes.

      • destroy.all.monsters
      • 6 years ago

      Fifty years later doesn’t seem too soon.

      Then again one of my favorite songs is titled November 22nd 1963.

    • maxxcool
    • 6 years ago

    Don’t forget Mantle enhanced plants vs zombies!

      • LostCat
      • 6 years ago

      He already mentioned the 15 Frostbite 3 games.

      • chuckula
      • 6 years ago

      OMG!! Does this mean we can finally play PVZ with something less than a Titan-SLI rig!!?!?!?!

        • internetsandman
        • 6 years ago

        PvZ only makes me think Protoss Vs Zerg, and I haven’t even played Starcraft in 2 months

        • HisDivineOrder
        • 6 years ago

        Indeed, the day has finally come. We can retire our Tri-780Ti-SLI rigs with their 4970K’s and “upgrade” to AMD FX 9590 with Tri-R9 290X.

        Imagine the PSU capable of powering such a machine…

          • nanoflower
          • 6 years ago

          PSUs, man.. Multiple PSUs… That is the future.

            • Klimax
            • 6 years ago

            3x AX1200i or nothing.

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