Development on Final Fantasy XV has finished pre-beta, programmer Kitade said on the official Final Fantasy XV forums. This means two things: 1) the game is playable from start to finish, and 2) the first half of the game is finished with the quality of a final product.
“We’re at the point where we can play the game in its entirety from start to finish,” Kitade said. “From this, everyone on the development team can get an overall view on the game.”
In other words, Kitade adds, they’re polishing every element, making adjustments to gameplay, and preparing to complete the game and all of its contents with the highest possible standard.
Kitade continued, “The first half of the game is finished with the quality of a final product, and you get the sense you’re playing it in its final form.”
Now the team understands the amount of manpower necessary to reach the desired level of quality in terms of gameplay and visuals, as well as the pacing of the game via outside testing.