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Noct and the gang just can't catch a break, can they? Hot on the heels of questionable downloadable content plans for Final Fantasy XV, director Hajime Tabata has spilled some details on the title's overall structure - and the internet is already awash in knee-jerk reactions.

Translated by Siliconera, Tabata tells Famitsu that "The entire game structure for Final Fantasy XV consists of both open-world and linear parts. The first half keeps going as an open-world, but the story in the second half's is led by a linear path." Now, while it's difficult to truly discern what Tabata means from this statement alone, it certainly sounds like he's saying that only the first half of the game will feature open world design, while the latter half will adopt a more traditional, linear structure.

However, the wording also makes it seem like Tabata could be talking purely about the title's story; he may just be saying that the plot tightens up in the second half of the game as you head towards the ending. Either way, it's a quote that's got forum dwellers and social media junkies going apesh*t all over the web.

What do you make of this? Would you be happy with Final Fantasy XV abandoning an open world in the latter half of Noctis' adventure? Pray that the game doesn't turn out to be a bit of a mess in the comments section below.

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