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This Witcher 3: Wild Hunt map leak makes Skyrim look small

Monday, 23rd June 2014 08:21 GMT By Dave Cook

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a significant document and asset leak over the weekend, including the full map of Ard Skellig, an island that makes up just part of the game’s Skellige archipelago. It’s bloody massive.

You can also check out this raw Witcher 3: Wild Hunt PC gameplay. The footage emerged last week and shows Geralt engaging in a quest, exploring a dark forest and battling enemies.

DualShockers claims that the design leak comes from a hacked Google Drive belonging to one of the game’s developers. Much of the content is heavy with spoilers so we’ve refrained from posting those pieces here.

Among the leaked artwork, this gallery of Triss and her various styles was unearthed:

witcher_3_wild_hunt_triss

But perhaps the most interesting, spoiler-free discovery is that of Ard Skellig, a vast island that makes of the Skellige archipelago, a cluster of islands off the game’s mainland. It is one of several key areas, along with Novigrad and No Man’s land. Skellige alone is said to be 64 kilometres squared.

Here’s Ard Skellig on its own:

witcher_3_wild_hunt_ard_skellig_map

The leaked design document apparently reads, “After establishing the regions of Ard Skellig, we had a startup layout to begin scattering points of interest that make consistent sense and serve as gameplay and/or navigation spots.

“The density allows for a constant nav. assistance for the player while leaving enough room for “extracurricular activities”. The POI [point of interest] grid also takes the “offshore section” into consideration by populating the sea around the eastern-mountains with POIs.”

So it sounds like each of those markers is where something significant goes down, suggesting there will be missions at sea as well. The document does feature details on what these points of interest involve, but DualShockers warns that they’re spoiler-heavy.

Next, here’s the map of the Skellige archipelago in full, just to give you some impression of size. This map comes from The Witcher Wiki page, so it could be different in the final game:

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Don’t treat any of this as final of course. We should have more on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’s map size before its February 25 launch on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

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8 Comments

  1. tezzer1985

    Was the Skyrim comparison necessary? Surely it wasn’t, the best way to weed out the immature comments, is not to fuel it with headlines like this.

    On topic, can’t wait for this game, the map looking that big, is crazy, the devs said the main single player campaign is 50+ hours, so hopefully not much repeat areas

    #1 5 months ago
  2. Kreion

    @tezzer1985
    To be fair, in this case when talking about map size comparison is one of the best methods. Giving a square KM or other static measurement isn’t that helpful because it’s hard to visualize a random number.

    #2 5 months ago
  3. TheWulf

    I just have one question! Why is Strong Mad riding a Plesiosaur?

    Triss’s design on the left looks almost Science-Fantasy in its aesthetic, so I dig it, but I’m not particularly taken with any of the others. Typical fantasy fare, I guess, with the usual extensive cleavage factor. Can’t have a fantasy game without cleavage or a boob window! Nope.

    Might be why I prefer science-fantasy, but I digress.

    I think that’s about all I have to say.

    #3 5 months ago
  4. infernalism

    @TheWulf
    No rambling about introverts this time Chipper?
    Almost all of the sorcereses in this “world of the witcher” can mold their physical appearence with barely any limitation. You bet they would look like the hottest pieces of ass that walk the earth. Almost any human (man or a woman) being you know would opt for such a plastic surgery, that makes them look like the most beautiful representatives of their kind on the planet.

    There are plenty of things that make this world unique in comparison to many fantasy IPs. Frankly, in a world this big, if no woman had a cleavage it would just look ridiculous. If it wouldn’t have been Triss, it would have been someone else, just as long the player character moves through real human settlements in the game, not some “science-fantasy” vision of an egomaniac.

    But I guess a self professed introvert smelling his own farts can’t digest that fact.

    #4 5 months ago
  5. Bashtee

    I do get the reason behind posting this, but this should have been spoiler tagged or something.

    #5 5 months ago
  6. Tormenter

    @tezzer1985

    Video game……………………………………………………………….. Check.
    Open world……………………………………………………………….. Check.
    W-RPG……………………………………………………………………….. Check.
    Fantasy-esque, monster killing, magic and dungeons… Check.

    Seems pretty comparable to me… What would you have compared it too in order to illustrate a particular point?

    #6 5 months ago
  7. Tormenter

    @infernalism

    In all fairness, those ‘rambling’ are quite insightful, and if one is in the mood, a rather enjoyable read.

    #7 5 months ago
  8. Raynor

    and how should we know this map is really bigger and even if its bigger then ” so what !” that game is way too old to be compared with this ” next Gen!” game .

    #8 5 months ago

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