Our impressions from the Sniper Elite V2 demo yesterday were strong, but there was one key weakness: linearity. True, there is some room for experimentation in the demo level, but for the most part it's confined and straightforward with something of an "on rails" feeling.
Good news, then: developer Rebellion says on its forums that's just the demo level, and implies others will be much more open -- at least one for sure.
"[The] demo was definitely finalised before the main game was finished so tweaking continued afterwards. The level is also the first (after the tutorial) so [we] tried to keep it relatively straightforward as an introduction, but still with an amount of choice."
"For sure, the next level you are presented with a massive space right from the get go to navigate through."
The game launches May 1 or 4, depending where you buy and on what platform.
Thanks to Andrew Burnes for the tip.