Witcher 3 Map Size Compared To GTA5, Skyrim & Far Cry 4, New Screens Show Different Visual Settings

This game is absolutely massive in scale.

Posted By | On 27th, Apr. 2015 Under News | Follow This Author @GamingBoltTweet

The Witcher 3

When CD Projekt claimed that The Witcher 3 will be absolutely massive in scale, they weren’t joking. Thanks to a few NeoGaf users we can finally compare the map size of The Witcher 3 to several other open world games. So far the Witcher 3 map is around 136 km2 which only includes Novegrad, No Man’s Land and Skellige Islands. There are are around 4-6 regions more who sizes are unknown at this point.

That means The Witcher 3 is at least 3.7 times bigger than GTA: San Andreas (36  km2), 1.5 times bigger than GTA 5 (81 km2), 3.3 times bigger than Red Dead Redemption (41), 3 times bigger than Far Cry 4 (46 km2) and 3.5 times bigger than Skyrim (39 km2). In short, the final map will be absolutely massive in scale.

Furthermore, we also have two screenshots showcasing Skellige Isles and White Orchard map with an overlay of different locations and points of interest.



On a related note, several Youtube users were invited by CD Projekt for press coverage on the game. Neogaf users captured a few screenshots showcasing the game’s beautiful visuals and settings. You can check them out below.


Source: Neogaf 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

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  • Beautiful! Hopefully they packed it with enough content every ridge within view like Fallout 3 and Skyrim!

  • Ricoh123

    The storyline content is the most important thing.

    An empty huge map is as useless as a tiny room if there is no story.

    Let’s all hope the story is great and packed with content and this is goty.

    • MidianGTX

      Nah. Gameplay > story. You can get story from the books, this is all about what I can do in the game that I can’t do in real life.

    • Ricoh123

      Simple minds enjoy simple things I guess.

      The only thing that keeps me engrossed in a game is great gameplay and a great purpose to play.

      Wandering around aimlessly shooting everything you see gets boring after 3 minutes.

      There needs to be purpose. Eg a story.

    • Vayu Purana

      haha well said

      “Wandering around aimlessly shooting everything you see gets boring after 3 minutes.” as you just described destiny 😀

    • ryan marv

      So you think there is no adventure without story? Exploration of a world filled with all kinds of creatures, people and mysteries and beautiful nature are for the simple-minded? lol..

    • Vargur

      Nah, I love Skyrim’s wilderness and scenic views. “Empty” to you is someone else’s entire open world playground.

  • Andre Andrade

    Half the size of Arma 3 map

    • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

      what is the size of the Arma 3 map I never played that game, but do remember the controversy with some of the devs ending up wrongly imprisoned?

    • Life28

      Arma 3 map is pretty empty

    • Erik Juberget

      there’s also nothing in it.

  • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

    wow I didn’t realize all of THAT would be available to me! Thank you CD Projekt RED.

  • Allah Akbar

    TW3 -> GOTY

    • MrVux007

      Witcher 3 along with Arkham Knight,MGS V,Bloodborne are my GOTY. Contenders

    • The Last Colossus

      I know all of those will definitely win GOTY awards but AK will be my definitive GOTY for sure.

    • Todd Follmer

      AK will be $100… I’m sure that will help it get GOTY. /s

    • jtsuth

      No, it’s $60, but the extra content pass or whatever is $40. People are reporting this wrong to sensationalize the information and to make it freakin’ click bait.

    • The Last Colossus

      Wait for the GOTY edition if you’re broke or something.

    • how does AK even enter into this. blah

    • The Last Colossus


    • Arcendus

      How do you have any idea that a game yet to be released will be GOTY? I’m hopeful, I have it pre-ordered, but to say “for sure” about this when you haven’t even played a demo is just ludicrous.

    • it’s similar to people who say: “I can’t wait until the new _blank_ comes out” i.e. such as Star Wars.

      Obviously they CAN wait because they ARE waiting.


      FO4-> GOTY

    • Allah Akbar

      MGS PP -> GOTY

  • Christian Dixon

    But still not as big as a 20+ year old Daggerfall game world. LoL

    • FalloutWanderer2077

      Yeah, that is what you call a massive procedural generated overdose. Of course it’s not as large (and empty/filler/random etc.) The only thing they used an algorithm for and procedurally generated was the grass. Additional foliage, bushes & tree’s were hand placed and handcrafted among the other locations/objects within the game.

    • Ivor Wilson

      Even Arena (Daggerfall’s elder sibling) had a colossal map, but the vast majority of it was filler; empty, content-free transitional areas that had no bearing on the game whatsoever.

  • PachterStation

    I’ll be getting this, but not at launch. It’ll sell in big numbers, so they’ll be plenty of used games flying about. DriveClub for £12 used was my latest bargain.

    • MrVux007

      I would wait for the GOTY edition…still hope they make a Witcher collection or at least a Witcher 2 remaster for PS4

    • Erik Juberget

      You will get GOTY edition for free anyway. No need to wait

    • MrVux007

      For free?

    • Vayu Purana

      when a GOTY edition comes out for a witcher game the devs have it has a free update to those that already have the original one…….probably

    • Erik Juberget

      This ^

    • MrVux007

      are we talking about the same thing..i was refering to edition that includes all the expansions (not the 16 free dlc)?

    • Braden Gunn

      What Paruna is saying is that on PC (or at least Steam) once the enhanced edition of the game has been released gamers who own the original copy recieve a free upgrade to the new improved GOTY version.

    • MrVux007

      so what your saying we will get the expansions for free?

    • Braden Gunn

      I think that’s what Paruna is implying, but I can’t see them giving The DLC away for free, especially considering that the DLC adds around 30 hours of gameplay

    • MrVux007

      yea,i mean that would be great but i highly doubt it happening…the free 16 dlc-s are already an overkill from their kindness

    • Roku Toto

      why wouldn’t you want to support this developer? I’m sorry, this game deserves day 1 purchase.

    • Hailey

      Day 1 for me since I pre ordered it. 🙂
      That’s the way it’s meant to be.

    • Truefart

      Purchased last year already =) Fully agree with you.

    • PachterStation

      If you don’t mind being ripped off at launch, then fair enough.

    • Ivor Wilson

      Ripped off? Being ripped off is when you buy a full price (or even reduced price) game and it fails to live up to expectations, or has major issues. Something tells me this will not be the case with W3. Top quality for top dollar is never a “ripoff”.

    • Vargur

      All modern games prices are rip-offs.

    • Ivor Wilson

      No they aren’t, that’s a ridiculous generalisation. Most games are the same price or maybe slightly more expensive than they were 25 years ago.

    • Vargur

      Naturally, I am talking about PC games.
      Console ones always were prohibitively expensive.

    • Ivor Wilson

      I’m also talking about PC games, which is all I’ve ever bought since the 80’s. They were £25 – £35 then, £30 – £40 now. In 25 years, that’s hardly a worthy condemnation of modern game prices.

    • viruzz

      I can arrange you a gog.com copy of witcher for 20gbp, I have 2 codes.
      They give them with Nvidia cards in some countries.

  • Roku Toto

    You forgot to show the screenshot of the main map: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFfTSs2309k

  • Garold Walker

    Half the size of Arma 3 map http://wp.me/p5wZh7-H

    • Ivor Wilson

      …but with many, many times the amount of relevant, interactive contextual content. Being huge alone means nothing if it has nothing to offer in terms of added gameplay.

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  • Patron_of_Gaming876

    Dude, it’s Novigrad.

  • Mando44646

    Im kinda curious how this compares to Xenoblade X, since that map is absolutely massive as well

    • Vayu Purana

      xenoblade x maps have open spaces but witcher 3 maps have far more things within them then just saying huge empty field most of the time

  • Espania Es Diferente

    GTA 5 is 92Km2 not 81


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