During earlier interviews and events, Final Fantasy XV Game Director Hajime Tabata mentioned that the first part of the game is open world, while the second is more linear. DualShockers had a chat with him at PAX West, and we asked him to clarify how it will work, and if it’ll be possible to go back to the open world part once the game becomes linear.
First of all, we learn that the two parts aren’t as evenly distributed as many believed, but the game becomes linear only towards the end of the game. On top of that, it will be possible to go back to the open world areas through an option in the menu.
To go back on the more linear part of the game… It actually transfers into that linear part of gameplay when the story ramps up and gets into its final stages. Rather than the latter half of the game, it’s very close to the end of the game so to speak.
After the train segment, the whole structure of the game completely changes. You cannot go back and forth on the world map between the two parts. That said, there is a gonna be a menu function that allows you to access the earlier areas that you roamed around in the earlier parts of the game.
Once you’re done with the train segment, it’s not yet the end of the game. There is still another set of events that awaits you. I can’t tell you what it’s going to be, but it drastically changes up [the game]
It’s certainly going to be interesting to see what kind of events will lead to this radical change of the game. I have a few ideas, but I’ll keep my speculation to myself for the moment.