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How big is the Witcher 3’s world map?

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The witcher 3 wild hunt

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:

Witcher 3 world map

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 combatโ€”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 Manโ€™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.

Witcher 3 world map crookback bog

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

76 Comments

  1. Admiral Chief

    April 7, 2015 at 14:02

    I can have a ship?

    Arrrrrrrrrr

    Reply

    • Dutch Matrix

      April 7, 2015 at 14:12

      • Admiral Chief

        April 7, 2015 at 14:38

        Seeing that map brings warm feelings to my heart

        Reply

        • Ghost In The Rift

          April 7, 2015 at 15:03

          ITS A TRAP!!*runs*

          Reply

    • Captain JJ the flash noob

      April 7, 2015 at 14:12

      Admirals only get a raft.
      Captains get ships.

      Reply

      • Dutch Matrix

        April 7, 2015 at 14:15

        And noobs are told to “Swim ye filthy landlubbering bastards! SWIM!”

        Reply

      • Admiral Chief

        April 7, 2015 at 14:24

        Admirals tell the Captain’s what to do, so shush you

        Reply

        • Captain JJ the flash noob

          April 7, 2015 at 14:26

          *continues to follow orders*
          There will one day be a revolution, mark my words ๐Ÿ˜‰

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          • Viking Of Science

            April 7, 2015 at 14:34

            you mean a mutiny, surely…

          • Captain JJ the flash noob

            April 7, 2015 at 14:35

            Shhhhhh

          • Admiral Chief

            April 7, 2015 at 14:37

            Waar bly jy? Jy bly STIL!

          • Captain JJ the flash noob

            April 7, 2015 at 14:41

            Haha

        • Brady miaau

          April 7, 2015 at 15:11

          Yes. From a raft.

          Reply

          • Captain JJ the flash noob

            April 7, 2015 at 15:12

            ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Hailey

      April 7, 2015 at 15:38

      Arrr me matey, arrrrrrrr.

      Reply

  2. Captain JJ the flash noob

    April 7, 2015 at 14:12

    Say no to fast travel

    Reply

    • Rock789

      April 7, 2015 at 14:19

      Fast travel is for the weak! There are caves to explore, damn it! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply

      • Captain JJ the flash noob

        April 7, 2015 at 14:21

        That “Killing Monsters” trailer…do you think that would’ve happened if Geralt fast traveled? ;P

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        • Rock789

          April 7, 2015 at 14:23

          Precisely! It would turn into a text adventure – you fast travel and, upon arrival, a textbox pops up stating “Welcome back. Whilst you were gone, the Griffon ate all the forest inhabitants, thus killing your only source of information as to the whereabouts of the Wild Hunt… Game Over!”

          Ok, just typing that made me sad… Who fast travels, I mean honestly.

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          • Captain JJ the flash noob

            April 7, 2015 at 14:24

            Haha. Excellent!

          • Dutch Matrix

            April 7, 2015 at 14:30

            When you, for some or other reason, just GOT TO hand in that one quest that is on the other side of the map.

          • LoafHero

            April 8, 2015 at 08:29

            You know, gamers, who after an extended period of time of playing an open-world game extensively exploring almost every nook and cranny within the world, beginning to feel that the game world is feeling a little dull and would rather finish an objective as quick as possible rather than go through unnecessary backtracking.

            It was one of the main flaws of Dragon’s Dogma.

  3. Izzy

    April 7, 2015 at 14:13

    The sheer scope of this game, together with acceptable horseback fighting, stylish finishers and a neat look dodge system pleases me immensely! All we need now is for the story element to be gold and we’ve surely got a GOTY on our hands.

    Reply

    • Viking Of Science

      April 7, 2015 at 14:36

      Have you played the other Witcher games? Their Stories make Bioware games look like Twilight by comparison.

      Reply

      • Greylingad

        April 7, 2015 at 14:38

        shiny vamps and all…

        Reply

  4. Captain JJ the flash noob

    April 7, 2015 at 14:14

    I would’ve liked an actual square kilometer (or mile for the muggles) size to get a nice idea. They did that with GTA V and Skyrim before release.

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    • Rock789

      April 7, 2015 at 14:21

      If memory serves me, they said a while back (like last year sometime) that the map will be bigger than Skyrim… Never gave an exact amount, but that statement alone was enough to get me all excited! And yes, I shall abandon all fast traveling!!

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      • Captain JJ the flash noob

        April 7, 2015 at 14:23

        I remember that announcement.
        That was when my journey towards pre-ordering began. ๐Ÿ™‚

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        • Rock789

          April 7, 2015 at 14:24

          And what a short, joyous journey that must’ve been… Easiest pre-order decision I’ve had to make in years! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ™‚

          Reply

          • Captain JJ the flash noob

            April 7, 2015 at 14:25

            Same here.

    • Viking Of Science

      April 7, 2015 at 14:38

      • Captain JJ the flash noob

        April 7, 2015 at 14:41

        *faints*

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        • Admiral Chief

          April 7, 2015 at 14:45

          Such a girl

          Reply

          • Captain JJ the flash noob

            April 7, 2015 at 14:45

            Well played Admiral. Well played.

  5. Loftus

    April 7, 2015 at 14:16

    *insert Yo mamma jokes with that header

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    • Captain JJ the flash noob

      April 7, 2015 at 14:16

      Yo mamma’s so big you need fast travel just to get around her?

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief

        April 7, 2015 at 14:38

        She comes with her own loading times

        Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      April 7, 2015 at 14:29

      Yo mamma’s so big, she uses that map as a towel.

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief

        April 7, 2015 at 14:37

        Oooooh snap!

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  6. Greylingad

    April 7, 2015 at 14:38

    Mother of Maps…. And all of this on horseback… Madness, surely this is madness….

    Reply

  7. Greylingad

    April 7, 2015 at 14:47

    I would love to see a challenge where someone would have to walk across the map, even better would be to do so while crouching….

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    • Captain JJ the flash noob

      April 7, 2015 at 14:48

      Challenge accepted! (minus the crouching though)

      Reply

      • Greylingad

        April 7, 2015 at 14:50

        Hehe, so we’ll see you in about 8 years?

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        • Captain JJ the flash noob

          April 7, 2015 at 14:50

          I plan to be as grey as Geralt by the time I’m finished. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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          • Greylingad

            April 7, 2015 at 14:52

            Hahahaha!! Ok, well judging from the size of this map, you might just accomplish that without having to bugger around too much actually! You’ll definitely be that grey halfway during the second playthrough…

          • Captain JJ the flash noob

            April 7, 2015 at 14:54

            At the rate I’m going grey I might be there by the time The Witcher releases.

          • Greylingad

            April 7, 2015 at 14:55

            Hehe, don’t worry, with great shock and horror on saturday I realised the same thing!

          • Admiral Chief

            April 7, 2015 at 14:58

            Damn dude, I’m in that same boat. 31 and dem greys are taking residence on my left side

          • Greylingad

            April 7, 2015 at 15:07

            It’s all ok, grey hair is a sign of wisdom, battles fought in an intellectual war… I’m the same age and my left side is also getting a good wopping of greys…

          • Captain JJ the flash noob

            April 7, 2015 at 15:08

            I’m 30 and mine’s both sides and a bit at the top. :/

          • Brady miaau

            April 7, 2015 at 15:18

            And the wedding? This week?

          • Captain JJ the flash noob

            April 7, 2015 at 15:33

            Next weekend ๐Ÿ˜€ 18th.

          • Brady miaau

            April 7, 2015 at 15:46

            awesome!

            Will be away that weekend, little trip slightly north.

          • Captain JJ the flash noob

            April 7, 2015 at 15:48

            Going very east after the wedding for honeymoon ๐Ÿ™‚

          • Brady miaau

            April 7, 2015 at 15:49

            East and North, to the island of the blue seas or very East, to where Sheep, Cricket, Rugby and V8’s roam freely and unchecked?

          • Captain JJ the flash noob

            April 7, 2015 at 15:56

            Island of the blue seas ๐Ÿ˜€
            But I like your V8 reference.

          • Brady miaau

            April 7, 2015 at 16:25

            Awesome, do it well. Relax, relax, relax. I am sure you have earned it, the break and the honeymoon both.

          • Captain JJ the flash noob

            April 7, 2015 at 16:28

            Thanks man. It’ll be the longest leave I’ve taken in over 3 years. And it’s only 2 weeks. So I can’t wait!

          • Admiral Chief

            April 7, 2015 at 15:08

            Hence the GREYlingad

          • Brady miaau

            April 7, 2015 at 15:10

            Your family grey early, then?

  8. Witblitz

    April 7, 2015 at 15:31

    I never used fast travel in Skyrim, but I think this time I just might have to.

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  9. oVg

    April 7, 2015 at 15:47

    I watched a side mission. It was more captivating than anything in Dragon Age ๐Ÿ™‚

    Reply

  10. Jonah Cash

    April 7, 2015 at 16:03

    I am scared that the game is too big… But it does seem that only I have these type of fears!! Far Cry 4 was too big for me and had too much random things to do!! I played and finished The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, now that is a good game and only 8,5 hours long but if you ask me what game I remember in 10 years time between Far Cry 4 and The Vanishing of Ethan Carter then Ethan Carter’s tale will win hands down!!

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    • Captain JJ the flash noob

      April 7, 2015 at 16:06

      I’m on the other side of the spectrum again.
      In fact, you just made me want to buy FarCry4 ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • Jonah Cash

        April 7, 2015 at 16:10

        Oh no, it lost me somewhere after 5-6 hours… I even get emails from Ubisoft that asks me to please not forget about the game with all my stats on the mail… Very weird!!
        I was a happy gamer when a game lasted 10 hours but you would remember the story till you die, case and point Resident Evil 2… I still love that game and it is still my favourite game!!

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        • Captain JJ the flash noob

          April 7, 2015 at 16:12

          I can agree with that. I do enjoy a great story, no matter how short the game. But sometimes I like to just wander and explore – get lost in a different world.

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          • Jonah Cash

            April 7, 2015 at 16:14

            I was 2,5 hours into Ethan Carter and didn’t even do the first murder scene, the game is just that beautiful!! I explored the crap out of that game!! But the story put it right into my top 10 games of all time!!

          • Captain JJ the flash noob

            April 7, 2015 at 16:15

            Will remember to check it out for sure.

  11. IMD

    April 7, 2015 at 20:56

    Moeter! That is Nkandla levels. Huuuuge, huuuge.

    Reply

  12. Tbone187

    April 8, 2015 at 09:38

    All for 5 clips on Takealot!!! Man o man… The real question is: Do I really want to sacrifice so much of my time on it? Heart says yes, mind is still trying to find reason to so I’m heading in the right direction.

    Reply

    • Porkie's Mom!

      April 8, 2015 at 09:43

      HYPOCRITE!

      Reply

      • Tbone187

        April 8, 2015 at 09:55

        Support your own team!

        Reply

        • Porkie's Mom!

          April 8, 2015 at 10:17

          HYPOCRITE!!

          Reply

  13. Ali G

    April 8, 2015 at 10:05

    Massiv don’t mean betta me boys Julie got massiv babylons an’ she iz still a mingin as hell.

    Reply

  14. Deceased

    April 8, 2015 at 10:40

    Didn’t read … don’t do spoilers :O

    Reply

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