In a recent interview with Famitsu, Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata shared some details on the game’s length and how the overall structure plays out during the initial 40-50 hour experience.
Following a lengthy play session through the first three chapters of the game, Tabata revealed to Famitsu they experienced around 15% of the entire game there. “The chapters go from 0 to 15,” he explained.
Although these early chapters have a lot to do at the start due to the game’s open world structure, it won’t always be that way. Once you reach the latter half of the narrative, the story will become a more focused, linear experience.
“The entire game’s structure for Final Fantasy XV consists of both open-world and linear parts,” Tabata said. “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, and the entire 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.”
Final Fantasy XV is due out on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on November 29 worldwide.