Final Fantasy XV Director Hajime Tabata has confirmed that players won’t be able to drive in the first playable demo of the game. In an interview with Polygon, he said that the developer didn’t want players to think the series was suddenly all about driving.
Originally we were planning on making the car be available to drive throughout the world and throughout the demo. But we didn’t want people to mistake it and think ‘When did Final Fantasy become a driving game?
The upcoming demo, Episode Duscae, will focus on the Final Fantasy XV characters and the in-game world.
You’ll be able to experience the starting point of what an open-world Final Fantasy would potentially feel like. 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.
Tabata also mentioned that the game will introduce “extreme improvement and evolvement” in the series, but that the demo will be more accessible as Square Enix doesn’t want to turn people off by throwing the changes at them.
The Final Fantasy XV demo will be available to those who own early copies of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, which launches on March 17.