The Legend of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild’s Map Is Over 9 Times Larger Than Skyrim’s Map

Frighteningly massive world.

Posted By | On 20th, Jan. 2017 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will present players with a full fledged kingdom of Hyrule to explore in a seamless open world, for the very first time- as opposed to the hub based pseudo open design that previous Zelda games have had. Nintendo have made it a point to point out that Breath of the Wild‘s Hyrule will be massive- but just how massive will that be?

Well, Crave Online decided to collate and analyze research into this question done by various outlets, and social media and YouTube users, including ArekkzEggplante and Polygon, as well as statements by Nintendo themselves. And according to that research, it appears as though The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild‘s world map will come in at a massive 360 square kilometres. For reference, Ocarina of Time and Wind Waker‘s world maps were less than a kilometre square; Skyrim‘s world map comes in at just 39 kilometres square. Grand Theft Auto V comes in 81 kilometres square, and The Witcher 3 has 146 kilometres square (and this was before the DLC). Those are all massive- but none of them come close to how massive Zelda is.

The only game to beat Zelda out is Nintendo’s own Xenoblade Chronicles X, but even that game made the world appear somewhat smaller by allowing for faster traversal via mechs. And as for Nintendo’s previous comments that Breath of the Wild’s map will be ‘over twelve times bigger than the map in Twilight Princess,’ according to Crave, it appears as though Nintendo were accounting for dungeons and other levels in their calculations, too- which is meaningless in a calculation on overworld size comparisons.

So… yeah, Breath of the Wild looks to be a truly enormous open world. Hopefully, Nintendo have been able to keep it varied and exciting, to keep the player engaged and not unnecessarily pad the game out. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild launches on March 3 on Nintendo Switch and Wii U.

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  • BlueVette

    Switch: Pre-ordered. Zelda BOTW: Pre-ordered. Now…. I wait. 🙂

  • Troy Marcel

    How much is empty space

  • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

    Wow Ocarina of Time is THAT small :O It always felt large to me tbh, guess that’s the wizardry of Nintendo making less seem more hehe. Anyway can’t wait for Breath of the Wild.

  • Marc Grierson

    Fingers crossed it’s worth the size. Bigger doesn’t necessarily equate to better but I have high hopes for this title for sure.

  • Andreas Carmblad

    Breath of the Wild is around 61 sq/km, not 360.

    Look at the map, take the great plateu and multiply it’s size 14 times and you will see that the area you will get coresponds to the entire map quite well. The world of Twilight Princess is about the same size as the great plateu in BotW. Therefore Nintendos statement that BotW is 12 times bigger than Twilight Princess holds quite true.

    The great plateu making up only 1 percent of the game refers to the amount of content, not map size. Multiplying the great plateu by 100 results in a MUCH bigger map than the pictures of the BotW map.

    61 sq/km is still big and still bigger than skyrim. 12 times bigger than TP sounds great too. Don’t forget that this world is also open and free and is for the first time going to feel natural and alive with full of things to do. Not just empty space like in TP. This will result in the world feeling a lot bigger than 12 times the size of TP, allthough it isn’t

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