Players won’t get to experience Final Fantasy XV’s car driving component quite yet, director Hajime Tabata told Polygon today in a brief interview. His reason? He didn’t want fans to feel like the game was all about driving, despite hyping it up quite a bit since the game’s re-reveal back in September.
“Originally we were planning on making the car be available to drive throughout the world and throughout the demo,” Tabata said. “But we didn’t want people to mistake it and think ‘When did Final Fantasy become a driving game?'” Instead, the team has gone and refocused the demo to be more about exploration and something that would seem more familiar to long-time players of the series.
“You’ll be able to experience the starting point of what an open-world Final Fantasy would potentially feel like,” Tabata said. “You’ll really be able to experience that seamless Final Fantasy world within the demo itself, but then if you play it, you’ll still really get a sense that it’s a Final Fantasy game. You’ll get that balance within the demo.”
Final Fantasy XV Episode Duscae will be available as a downloadable voucher with all first run copies of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, which releases in March.