Final Fantasy XV marks the return of open-world exploration, something that been absent in a main Final Fantasy title since Final Fantasy IX. However, in an interview with Examiner, Tabata explained that Final Fantasy XV isn't "100% pure open-world", instead, the game will feature the best elements and aspects of both linear and open-world game styles.
"As you travel through each region, you'll see different kinds of enemies and will take different paths that make you do unique things in each one of them," Tabata explained. "As you move through each region, the options for character growth and the different skills will start branching out as well.
"Each region will move the journey forward. How the story is handled, it's not 100 percent pure open-world, but it's also not a pull along the rails kind of story. It's very much a hybrid of those two styles, which I think is the best of both of them."
Tabata also revealed that car is not the only method of transportation, as players will also be able to use train to journey through the land, something that Tabata believes will make players excited.
Final Fantasy XV releases this year on PS4 and Xbox One. A specific release date will be revealed sometime in March.