Square Enix has been discussing the massive open world of Final Fantasy XV. Enticing fans across the globe with amazing environments and exploration opportunities.
But it looks like the game is not exactly what we thought.
During a recent interview with Japanese Magazine Famitsu, Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata revealed that Final Fantasy XV is open world but only in the first half. It goes linear once you reach the second half of the game.
It is unknown just how many chapters are covered by the game’s open world. It sounds like there are 15 chapters in total so a better part of the game is going to be linear.
The first 3 chapters are 15% of the game.
I believe it covers about 15% or so. The chapters go from 0 to 15.
The first half keeps going as an open-world, but the story in the second half’s is led by a linear path. That way, you won’t get bored of an open-world as the rest of the game gets tightened up, so we made it in a way that you’ll also get to advance through it as you have in conventional Final Fantasy games. If you play through the first half and only the main route of the second half, I believe the estimated play-time sits at around 40 to 50 hours.
It sounds like open world is available to you as long as Noctis and party doesn’t reach their destination while traveling.
It is a little disappointing but certainly not a deal breaker. Final Fantasy XV is still amazing and a technical achievement on the limited hardware capabilities of current gen consoles.
The game is releasing on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on November 29.