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Before Final Fantasy XV was released, the director stated that the game will become more linear later as you continue in the story.

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Final Fantasy XV has a gigantic open world to explore, but it doesn’t stay that way the entire time. Recently, director Hajime Tabata has discussed the fact that in later parts of the game, XV actually becomes more linear as players start to focus more on following the story.

I have not picked up the game yet, but I would like to explore the open world as much as I can before completing the story. With that said, in which chapter does the game become more linear than just open world?

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Chapter 9.

This is the chapter when you go to Altissia to be reunited with Lady Lunafreya.

From this point forward, you are not able to explore freely without using Umbra to return to a previous chapter. The game will give you plenty of warnings to tell you that you will "not be able to act freely for a while" before finishing Chapter 8, so it won't blindside you.

If you want a reference or source, look at this article:

There are 15 chapters in FFXV (how appropriate!), and the game becomes much more linear around Chapter 9, with the story coming to a climax in Chapter 14. The end of Chapter 8 is a good time to catch up on sidequests and hunts, though you will be able to go back to them later.

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  • There was a chapter 15? I thought just 14, then you reload save and can travel back to do post game. Or are you counting "prologue" as a chapter? – musefan Dec 16 '16 at 10:07
  • @musefan I was thinking the same thing, but technically the prologue would be a chapter-- chapter 0? So there's 15 chapters, from 0 to 14, I guess. – Vemonus Dec 16 '16 at 14:34
  • @Vemonus: Well you do get a trophy for the prologue so I guess that makes sense... – musefan Dec 16 '16 at 14:53
  • @musefan yeah, also rereading that quote, I noticed that it says the climax is in chapter 14, so it seems like they were implying the prologue is a chapter. – Vemonus Dec 16 '16 at 14:53

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