first off, i'ts not really making assumptions, its literally what i'm seeing. i'm reading heavily into what is being revealed, and what the developers are saying. Also keep in mind that although there were technology limitations in the past that in no way mean that the original vision of the game was beyond the technology that was present. So i don't believe for a second that ff1-9 would be using the same things ff15 were if they were remade.*shrug* I guess I'm just not willing to make assumptions about it. I think it's a bit of a leap to assume that just because there's a lot of car travel, that there won't be areas where travel by other means is necessary or available. I don't really see how travel by car would make FFXV much different to other FF games.
Just because you brought up a hypothetical (improbable) answer for ff8, does not mean it applies to ff15. Ff8 still has an overhead overworld to explore much quickly and had specific areas that were fully rendered. A car or train would be pointless to use for travel unless its for fast-traveling. The problem is i'm seeing large vast empty lands, with very few to no landmarks, and the roads don't vary too much. But worst of all, there's a BIG difference between traveling by foot and by land. At first, you see the one big advantage of the car....you get to point a to point B faster....and thats it...but you don't battle in cars, you have to get off them, and even if u do battle while still driving that will still be limiting. Also it just means alternating from fighting, and driving. moving from car to another....and worst of all, staying on a set path....Final Fantasy Dimensions also gave us a set path, but then again it was also episodic, even then there were some distractions in such paths. and the same applied for older ffs such as ff7. I'm not liking the idea of driving most of the game.If FFVIII were remade for instance, I think car or train travel would be the primary way to get around. I don't really see why that would be a bad thing. You could still get out the care and roam about if you want to.