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This is a list of the largest open worlds in video games.

List of largest worlds[edit | edit source]

This list only includes designed open worlds, excluding randomly/procedurally generated worlds[n 1] and unscaled overworld maps.[n 2]

  1. 'Final Fantasy XV (2016) — 700 square miles[9] (much of this not traversable, can only be flown over)'
  2. Just Cause 3 (2015) — 390 square miles[10]
  3. True Crime: Streets of LA (2003) — 240 square miles[11]
  4. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (2017) — 170 square miles[12]
  5. Xenoblade Chronicles X (2015) — 154 square miles[13][14]
  6. Black Desert Online (2015) — 154 square miles[15]
  7. Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising (2009) — 135 square miles[16]
  8. Arma 3 (2013) — 104 square miles[17]
  9. Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (2013) — 90.2 square miles[18] (mostly sea, most of inland inaccessible)
  10. Arma 2 (2009) — 87 square miles[19]
  11. World of Warcraft (2004) — 80 square miles[20]
  12. Final Fantasy XI (2002) — 70 square miles[21]
  13. Guild Wars 2 (2012) — 36 square miles[22]
  14. Assassin's Creed: Origins (2017) — 32.8 square miles[23]
  15. Xenoblade Chronicles (2010) — 31 square miles[14]
  16. Grand Theft Auto V (2013) — 31 square miles[24]
  17. The Elder Scrolls Online (2014) — 31 square miles[n 3]
  18. Burnout Paradise (2008) — 26 square miles[26]
  19. True Crime: New York City (2005) — 25 square miles[27]
  20. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017) — 23.5 square miles[28]
  21. Sacred 2: Fallen Angel (2008)— 22 square miles[29]
  22. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015) — 21 square miles[30]
  23. The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar (2007) — 19 square miles[31]
  24. Far Cry 2 (2008) — 19 square miles[32]
  25. Far Cry 4 (2014) — 18 square miles[33]
  26. Far Cry 3 (2012) — 18 square miles[34]
  27. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (2002) — 16 square miles[35]
  28. Guild Wars (2005) — 16 square miles[1]
  29. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011) — 15 square miles[36]
  30. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (2006) — 15 square miles[1]
  31. Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae (2015) — 14 square miles[n 4]
  32. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004) — 14 square miles[37]
  33. Red Dead Redemption (2010) — 12 square miles[37]
  34. Spider-Man 2 (2004) — 12 square miles[38]
  35. Cosmology of Kyoto (1993) — 9 square miles[n 5]
  36. L.A. Noire (2011) — 8 square miles[39]
  37. Gothic 3 (2006) — 7.5 square miles[40]
  38. Grand Theft Auto IV (2008) — 6.8 square miles[37]
  39. Secret of Mana (1993) — 6.6 square miles[n 6]
  40. The Getaway (2003) — 6.2 square miles[42]
  41. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (2015) — 6 square miles[43]
  42. Dragon Quest VIII (2004) — 6 square miles[44]
  43. Shenmue II (2001) — 5.5 square miles[n 7]
  44. Fallout 3 (2008) — 4.4 square miles[47]
  45. Seiken Densetsu 3 (1995) — 4.3 square miles[n 8]
  46. Fallout: New Vegas (2010) — 4.1 square miles[47]
  47. Fallout 4 (2015) — 3.8 square miles[49]
  48. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002) — 3.5 square miles[37]
  49. Sleeping Dogs (2012) — 3.4 square miles[50]
  50. The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (2002) — 3.3 square miles[1]
  51. Grand Theft Auto III (2001) — 3 square miles[37]
  52. Yakuza (2005) — 2 square miles[51]
  53. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (2006) — 1.7 square miles[52]
  54. Assassin's Creed Syndicate (2015) — 1.3 square miles[53]
  55. Shenmue (1999) — 1 square mile[45]
  56. Ys I & II (1989) — 1 square mile[n 9]
  57. Assassin's Creed Unity (2014) — 1 square mile[58]

Largest world records[edit | edit source]

This is a list of games that held the record for the largest open world upon release. This list only includes designed open worlds, excluding randomly/procedurally generated worlds and unscaled overworld maps.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Procedurally generated worlds include The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall (1996),[1] Asheron's Call (1999),[2] Star Wars Galaxies (2003),[3] EVE Online (2003), Just Cause (2006),[4] Fuel (2009),[5] Just Cause 2 (2010),[6] No Man's Sky (2016)[7] and Star Citizen (2017).[8]
  2. Unscaled overworld maps include the Ultima series, most Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy games, and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (1987).
  3. The Elder Scrolls Online: 81 square kilometers (9 zones × 9 square km)
    • 9 zones, 3 miles across per zone,[25] 9 square kilometers (3 km × 3 km) per zone
  4. Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae - 36 square kilometers (8 km × 4.5 km)[9]
  5. 5.0 5.1 Cosmology of Kyoto:
  6. 6.0 6.1 Secret of Mana: 17 square kilometers (4096×4096 world map,[41] 1 square meter per pixel)
  7. Shenmue II:
  8. Seiken Densetsu 3: 11.1 square kilometers (1718×1613 world map,[48] 4 square meters per pixel)
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Ys I & II - 2.40313 square kilometers
    • Ys I: Ancient Ys Vanished - 0.40313 square kilometers
      • Overworld - 0.1 square kilometers (5.04 megapixels, 8×8 pixel tile per square meter)[54]
        • 3 overworld maps: 4.32 megapixels (1200×1200 pixels each)
        • Town: 720,000 pixels (1200×600 pixels)
      • Dungeons - 0.30313 square kilometers (17 megapixels, 8×8 pixel tile per square meter)
        • Cave: 0.20313 square km, 13 megapixels, 3 maps (2048×2048 pixels each)[55]
        • Temple: 0.1 square km, 4 megapixels, 3 maps (1200×1200, 1200×1200, 1200×600)[56]
    • Ys II: Ancient Ys Vanished – The Final Chapter - 2 square kilometers (much larger than Ys I)[57]
      • Larger overworld with 3 towns - 0.3 square kilometers
      • 7 much larger dungeons - 1.422 square kilometers
  10. Hydlide - 0.1 square kilometers (1095×1005 pixel world map,[59] 4×4 pixels per square meter)
  11. Courageous Perseus - 0.14 square kilometers (1200×454 pixel world map,[60] 2×2 pixels per square meter)
  12. The Legend of Zelda: 2 square kilometers[61]
  13. Miracle Warriors: Seal of the Dark Lord - 2 square kilometers (2 megapixels, 1600×1216 pixel world map,[62] 1 pixel per square meter)

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 How big is Tyria?
  2. Tree models available
  3. Star Wars Galaxies, Procedural Content Generation
  4. http://martindevans.me/heist-game/2012/11/23/What-Isn't-Procedural-Generation/
  5. http://pcg.wikidot.com/pcg-games:fuel
  6. http://www.gamasutra.com/view/feature/192007/sponsored_the_world_of_just_cause_.php
  7. http://kotaku.com/a-look-at-how-no-mans-skys-procedural-generation-works-1787928446
  8. http://kotaku.com/star-citizens-procedurally-generate-planet-tech-seems-p-1748895886
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 http://www.dualshockers.com/final-fantasy-xv-map-size-potentially-revealed-its-roughly-an-enormous-780-square-miles/
  10. https://www.vg247.com/2015/10/02/the-map-in-just-cause-3-is-1000-square-kilometres/
  11. 11.0 11.1 Gertsmann, Jeff (May 15, 2003). True Crime: Streets of LA Impressions. GameSpot. Retrieved on May 8, 2015
  12. http://twinfinite.net/2017/04/this-console-generations-8-largest-open-world-maps/9/
  13. http://nerdreactor.com/2015/11/10/xenoblade-chronicles-xs-open-world-is-big/
  14. 14.0 14.1 http://nintendoeverything.com/xenoblade-chronicles-x-details-world-size-battle-system-gamepad-usage-and-more/
  15. Size of the world
  16. https://www.hexapolis.com/2014/11/05/10-biggest-open-world-video-games-terms-map-size/
  17. https://arma3.com/features/terrain
  18. http://twinfinite.net/2017/04/this-console-generations-8-largest-open-world-maps/7/
  19. https://community.bistudio.com/wiki/Chernarus
  20. https://www.hexapolis.com/2014/11/05/10-biggest-open-world-video-games-terms-map-size/
  21. 21.0 21.1 Do we know how big the world is?
  22. I've worked out the total PvE area to be just under 100 square km
  23. https://www.reddit.com/r/assassinscreed/comments/6ve3v2/assassins_creed_origins_map_size/
  24. http://twinfinite.net/2017/04/this-console-generations-8-largest-open-world-maps/6/
  25. http://gameranx.com/updates/id/16676/article/the-size-of-the-elder-scrolls-online-s-world-calculated/
  26. http://burnout.gamepedia.com/Locations_%28Burnout_Paradise%29
  27. Torres, Ricardo (September 7, 2005). True Crime: New York City First Look. GameSpot. Retrieved on May 23, 2015
  28. https://nowloading.co/p/how-big-is-zelda-breath-of-the-wild-map/4222329
  29. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sacred_2:_Fallen_Angel#Gameplay
  30. http://twinfinite.net/2017/04/this-console-generations-8-largest-open-world-maps/4/
  31. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/24/arts/design/24ring.html
  32. https://www.engadget.com/2008/05/30/far-cry-2-single-player-could-last-25-hours-no-50-no-100/
  33. http://twinfinite.net/2017/04/this-console-generations-8-largest-open-world-maps/3/
  34. http://www.digitalspy.com/gaming/news/a593540/far-cry-4s-world-is-about-the-same-size-as-far-cry-3s-rook-islands/
  35. Those units that Wind Waker uses?
  36. http://twinfinite.net/2017/04/this-console-generations-8-largest-open-world-maps/2/
  37. 37.0 37.1 37.2 37.3 37.4 http://complex.com/pop-culture/2013/09/grand-theft-auto-v-size-scale
  38. Spider-Man 2 Review
  39. https://kotaku.com/5799530/how-large-is-la-noires-map
  40. http://www.gamezone.com/previews/gothic_3_pc_preview
  41. Secret of Mana: World Maps
  42. http://gematsu.com/2009/01/top-7-open-world-video-game-environments
  43. MGSV TPP estimated at 6 square miles
  44. How large is the World Map
  45. 45.0 45.1 https://www.stripes.com/news/yokosuka-street-hosts-players-of-video-game-1.47957
  46. A Visit to Bailu Ancient Village
  47. 47.0 47.1 So exactly how big are all the maps in miles?
  48. Seiken Densetsu 3: World Map
  49. http://twinfinite.net/2017/04/this-console-generations-8-largest-open-world-maps/
  50. Sleeping Dogs
  51. http://gamingdeath.com/the-top-reasons-why-you-should-be-playing-the-yakuza-series/
  52. http://mashable.com/2017/04/24/zelda-breath-of-the-wild-size/
  53. https://www.redbull.com/gb-en/assassins-creed-facts
  54. https://twitter.com/manuelpazosmsx/status/748799314013466625
  55. https://www.msx.org/forum/msx-talk/software/ancient-ys-vanished-omen-the-abandoned-mine
  56. https://twitter.com/manuelpazosmsx/status/748800041364492289
  57. https://gamerescape.com/2014/01/23/classic-review-ys-ii/
  58. Assassin's Creed Syndicate's map is about 3.33km squared
  59. http://www.hardcoregaming101.net/hydlide/hydlide1-map.jpg
  60. https://twitter.com/ochixn/status/800719726611570688
  61. The size of Hyrule - Area comparison
  62. Golden Axe Warrior and Miracle Warriors Maps
  63. Final Fantasy X Spira: 28 minutes span, 15 mph average human running speed, 7 miles span, 49 square miles area
  64. https://www.nowgamer.com/360s-five-biggest-game-worlds/