No Car In Final Fantasy XV Demo (And Here’s Why)

The Final Fantasy series is known for, among many things, its ubiquitous airships that let your party fly around the game world.  The upcoming main entry Final Fantasy XV features a drivable car that fulfills the same function– but it won’t be available in the demo, according to Polygon’s translated interview with director Hajime Tabata:

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 demo he is speaking of is Episode Duscae, a sprawling, multi-hour affair shipping with Final Fantasy Type-0 HD.  Tabata instead wanted the Final Fantasy XV demo to focus on the characters and the massive, seamless world his team has created.

Regarding the world, Tabata told Polygon “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.”

Tabata wants to introduce the big changes to the series in slow doses.  The Final Fantasy XV director went on to say that there’s “extreme improvement and evolvement” in the series.  That should come as good news to anyone disappointed by Final Fantasy XIII and its two sequels.

Final Fantasy XV’s release date is unannounced as of yet, but it seems likely the title will be released some time in 2015 for both the Playstation 4 and Xbox One.  If you want to play Episode Duscae, make sure to pick up a “Day One” edition of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD.

Here’s the latest trailer: