'Final Fantasy 15' game news: Story starts in an open world before getting linear; main route takes 40-50 hours of playtime

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It appears that “Final Fantasy XV” is not going to be a purely open-world game after all.

In an interview with Japanese publication Famitsu translated by Siliconera, the game’s director Hajime Tabata revealed that only the first half of the game was going to be in an open world. The latter half was going to be more linear and focused so that players would enjoy the progression of the story and not get bored.

Tabata also talked about how the game’s main route takes between 40 and 50 hours of playtime to finish. “Final Fantasy XV” would also have several downloadable content (DLC) expansions for players who could not get enough of the game. During Square Enix’s Electronic Entertainment Expo live coverage last June, Hajime mentioned that the game will take around 200 hours to finish if players completed all the side quests, so gamers could expect a lot of playtime for this game.

In another interview with Famitsu (translated by Gematsu), Tabata also said that DLCs not part of the announced six would not be part of the game’s season pass. The only DLCs featured in the season pass would be the previously revealed Booster Pack, Holiday Pack, Episode Gladiolus, Episode Ignis, Episode Prompto and Expansion Pack.

The good news for fans is that the six DLCs that come with the season pass are not the only DLCs Square Enix is going to be working on, so they can expect more to come in the future.

In the interview, Tabata also clarified that the virtual reality (VR) experience was also not part of the season pass. He said that the “Final Fantasy XV” VR featuring the character Prompto Argentum was separate from the Episode Prompto DLC.

Meanwhile, according to Trusted Reviews, Tabata revealed that while developing “Final Fantasy XV,” he was inspired by the classic feel of past “Final Fantasy” titles, especially “Final Fantasy VI.” He added that “Final Fantasy” I to VII really had the emotional core that he wanted to be in the upcoming game.

Square Enix’s “Final Fantasy XV” is set for release on Nov. 29 for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.