Everyone’s talking about Final Fantasy 16 and the new world it presents. As video games become more intricate and beautifully designed, gamers often have a question on launch: is this an open world game? Since the days of Fallout and Skyrim, open worlds have become a popular way to style game maps. But where does Final Fantasy 16 stand on the topic?
Is FF16 an open world game?
No. While the Final Fantasy 16 world is expansive, it isn’t an open world. You do not have access to all the regions from the beginning and you cannot just go on a “choose your own adventure” exploration spree. Instead, the world is made up of large, mission and story-focused areas that you can travel to. While you can explore these regional locations, there is still a linear story and route to follow.
This map style is a lot more like Dragon Age: Inquisition or God of War: Ragnarok, where you unlock areas as the main story progresses until you make a complete map of this game’s unique world. Side quests and collectibles are common throughout these regions, but there is no wandering from one side of the map to the other. Your exploring and story missions will only be region-specific.
What is the world of FF16?
In this Final Fantasy title, your new world is Valisthea. Valisthea is a land made up of six different nations. Each nation has its own unique powers and agendas. However, all international conflict escalates when a plague called the Blight begins to spread. This is what sets off the events of the game.