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

By Dave Cook
23 June 2014 08:21 GMT

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:


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:


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:


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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