Final Fantasy XV is an open world action role-playing game, with strategic elements.
The characters have the ability to traverse environments in a free-running style, which also extends to battle with larger enemies. A day-night cycle and dynamic weather system is in effect across the world, with transient effects such as rain affecting things such as the characters’ clothing; magic will also affect the environment. Markers can be placed around the environment to help with navigation. The world is a large connected landmass that can be explored on foot, or by using the party’s car “Regalia” or chocobos, recurring galliform birds in the Final Fantasy series. Loading screens are only encountered when the party is entering a city or town. They can visit such locations to rest in hotels or buy equipment and ingredients for cooking during camping. The Regalia can be driven by Noctis, or Ignis can take control, enabling an auto-drive option; however, the auto-drive is not available during night time. The Regalia is maintained by the mechanic character Cindy. Later in the game, the Regalia can be modified to become an airship, allowing the party to fly across the world map. To ride chocobos, the player must rent them.
The day-and-night time system affects the appearance of monsters in the world game. One in-game day equates to one hour real-time, and characters who do not sleep have decreased combat ability. Enemy types, numbers and strength change depending on the time of day. Camping during the night is necessary for characters to maintain combat performance and level up: Experience Points (EXP) earned in battle during the day are converted into new levels during camping periods. Camps form a safe haven during exploration, and cooking in them using ingredients from both towns and the wilds grants character status buffs. The buffs become weaker as time passes, with further meals needed to renew them. Once a camp site has been activated, the player can return to it at any time. Minigames, such as fishing, are also available. Quests can be taken from non-playable characters and bulletin boards for experience and gil, the in-game currency. Items acquired in the world through gathering or combat can also be sold at areas called gathering points.
Final Fantasy XV is an upcoming open world action role-playing video game being developed and published by Square Enix for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and scheduled for a worldwide release on November 29, 2016.