Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 marks City Interactive Games' first AAA title for the franchise. Unlike previous games, this one allows the player to explore open world regions, drive vehicles and engage in side missions. There is also the addition of systems like a skill tree, recon drone and item crafting.
Developer and publisher CI Games released a statement following the game's release, admitting the project was too ambitious in trying to keep up with other AAA titles:
When we began development of SGW3, we decided on such a relatively large scale of the game with its open world that now we realise it was just too ambitious versus what we could have been able to deliver in any reasonable amount of time. We simply made the wrong math considering the size of our team and the originally given timeframe. By positioning the game in a AAA category, it took us away from what we could have done great. Instead we spent too much effort trying to catch up with other AAA titles in terms of their production values and features. That was a big mistake.
Though the game exceeded 1 million units sold, in early 2018, CI games announced the downsize of the studio to focus their other franchise, Lords of the Fallen.