The Vast World Map Of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Revealed

Written by Neil Soutter on Tue, Apr 7, 2015 12:00 PM
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For all that we’ve seen Geralt huffing and puffing his way through the vast wilderness of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, up until now we’ve not known for sure just how large this landmass would be. A cartophile’s dream come true, The Witcher 3’s Northern realms stretches for miles, incorporating what looks to be many townships, mountains, and remote islands to explore.

Needless to say, if you don’t want The Witcher 3’s world map spoiled ahead of stepping into it for yourself come May 19th, then I suggest you don’t read on. But, I know you probably can’t resist a peek, go on.

The map available at the moment is a teeny bit smaller than we'd have liked, but you can click on it to expand it. Up towards the north there is a large, corrupt city of Novigrad, while the bottom-left boxout is the wind-swept Skellige islands, accessible only via sea travel.

Your progress through The Witcher 3 won't just be limited to trekking those snaking pathways though, CD Projekt RED promise you'll be able to sail the open seas, go diving for long lost treasure, or ride your steed into battle. Assassin's Creed, anyone?

It's tricky to contextualise just how large a landmass this is, but based on the number of landmarks and CDPR's propensity to cram its games full of content, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt could be a gargantuan beast when it arrives on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on May 19th. That's just 42 days, Witcher fans. 

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07:33 Apr-08-2015

Any chance/luck for me?

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14:58 Apr-08-2015

why not? i think you could at least try to run at low to medium but with lower resolution setting. be optimistic :)

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02:51 Apr-08-2015

Bring it Witcher 3. I got your requirements all ready.

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12:27 May-14-2015

Me too!

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01:18 Apr-08-2015

There goes my free time this summer. I will be playing Witcher 3 until Fall :)

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01:35 Apr-08-2015

This and GTA V are going to take up all of my time this summer.

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17:43 Apr-07-2015

cannot effing wait! just finished The Witcher 2 for the second time :)

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17:48 Apr-07-2015

Same... now I started another one in Dark mode... its quite challenging

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17:52 Apr-07-2015

dark mode damnnnn that's gotta be intense as, should try that out sometime

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17:43 Apr-07-2015

It doesn't matter how big the map actually is it's what's in it that makes the world great. The size of The Witcher 3's map is always compared to that of Skyrim. Skyrim was a great world as there was plenty to do and see and the map itself was made even bigger with the amount of mountains that were in the game. The Witcher 3 might have a bigger map than Skyrim but that map needs to be filled with locations and activities for it to be great and "bigger" than Skyrim. I'd take a small world with loads of things to do over a huge world that has little to do over a large area

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17:08 Apr-07-2015

Getting another 290x just to run this game on max settings w/ 60fps.

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14:58 Apr-07-2015

well, i read somewhere that novigrad+skellige islands are already 3.5 times bigger than the whole skyrim world. if that's true then the world of the witcher 3 is really, REALLY BIG

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12:48 Apr-08-2015

It doesn't really mater how big it is, just if it's filled with interesting stuff, otherwise trekking trhough the wide empty map ill become an annoying chore and I will loose interest real fast, lets hope they did that right.

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14:24 Apr-07-2015

Is that the whole map?, awww I thought we were finally going to see Nilfgaard in the games, nevermind, it looks like it will be great, and the Skellige islands are a nice addition too

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17:50 Apr-07-2015

Didn't they show gameplay of Geralt in Nilfgaard because that's where Yennefer was supposed to be? maybe I'm mistaken...

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19:20 Apr-07-2015

Yeah I saw that too, but it seems that might have only been the Nilfgaardian camp

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14:12 Apr-07-2015

It's really hard to tell how big it is compared to other games. But from first glance it looks pretty big. But I don't think a game has to be huge to be good. Witcher 2 was unbelievable and it was only open area, not world.

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17:11 Apr-07-2015

I think its supposed to be about 20% bigger than Skyrim, not really sure but I'm pretty sure I heard that somewhere.

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19:11 Apr-07-2015

I heard that too, but we don't know if that's changed or not. I would like to believe it hasn't. It would be nice for them to put out a comparison showing how big it really is. Even if its small, I'm still super excited for it.

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14:08 Apr-07-2015

Man I can't wait, just overclocked my CPU to 4.5 Ghz - planning to go to 4.8. I wonder if I should get a second 970...

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12:39 Apr-07-2015

Hard to tell how big it actually is without scale, but it doesn't look much larger than Oblivion.

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16:36 Apr-07-2015

Well, that boxed out cluster of islands in the bottom left is said to be almost 2 times bigger than Skyrim (64 sq km vs 37 sq km2). Oblivion's map size was 57 sq km, so it's safe to say the the full map of TW3 should be MUCH bigger than Oblivion.

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20:43 Apr-08-2015

In an interview they said it would take 45 minutes to cross the map, on horseback :D

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12:27 Apr-07-2015

Looks great but... Minimum System Requirements, man..
It's just too high for me

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12:40 Apr-07-2015

i know a good youtube channel, ChristopherOdd. i love him.
his favorite game is the witcher 2 or 1 not sure, this guy is realy stroy driven. you should check him out. i am not trying to advertise, i just love him

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12:22 Apr-07-2015

Looks gigantic like that! But then again, an idea of the scale would have been great, to avoid bad surprises.

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