The Witcher 3 is a big game. It will offer over 200 hours of gameplay to completionists while those who just pursue the story can probably knock off 50 hours from that time. But any game can pad out the experience and have you retrace your steps a million times. Not so with The Witcher 3.
Some people wonder why the size of the world matters. What’s the point of an enormous map if there isn’t much to do? Or if that world feels dead and empty? However, that world is very much alive, as shown in the gameplay video we looked at earlier today. But how big is the map? Rather large.
What a shame, I know CD Projekt Red wanted to do something big and fun for the map reveal. Instead, it was leaked thanks to a Gamespot pre-order exclusive and is visible right here:
Touting its gigantic world, The Witcher 3 website says:
Sail through open seas, dive in search of long lost artifacts or gallop your mount into combat—the world of the Witcher beckons to be explored. Visit the luxurious and corrupt city of Novigrad, face the frigid cold of the wind-swept Skellige islands, and challenge the dark forces roaming the forlorn, war-ravaged No Man’s Land. While on the road, use your special witcher senses to hunt down ferocious monsters and earn gold. Do anything you want, anytime you want!
Looking at the full world map doesn’t really give an adequate sense of scale without some perspective. Here is a small map (from an early build) of just Crookback Bog found on NeoGAF.
As you can see, even a smaller part of the map has a ton of detail and loads to do. Just imagine how busy Novigrad will be in the finished product. I will definitely need to use lots of fast travel and stay on good old Roach more than usual – it will take ages just to get around, let alone check out all the things.
Last Updated: April 7, 2015