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