Clips from an interview with Tetsuya Nomura reveal Final Fantasy Versus XIII has an open world. Players will be able to explore it by using a car, which they can ride at any time.
Monsters walk around on the field and sometimes the will pop up if you are just hanging around. Another bullet point reads, “battles are basically seamless.” Aside from load times when changing areas, the world is seamless too.
Another report on the interview says their are destructible objects and a fight scene modeled off a gas station in Shinjuku.
We’re searching for scans of the interview to double check the facts and to see those new Behemoth fight screenshots.
Update: Partial Famitsu scans, thanks for finding them BrotherCavil!