With The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild set to release alongside the Nintendo Switch this week, gamers are hard at work digging up any information they can on Link’s next big adventure. One of the most notable discoveries is a high-resolution map of the game.
The map, which can be seen below, gives players a quick idea of the size and layout of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. We will note, though, that there is no legend, border, markings, or annotations, so there are still quite a few unknowns about the game’s map.
That said, there are a couple details that gamers can extract from the map as shown. The first is that there will be plenty of diversity in the environment for players to explore and enjoy. The layout is fairly symmetrical, with the higher elevation areas located on the outer four corners of the map.
Another deduction gamers can make about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild map is that the size mentioned by developers is accurate. As one gamer points out in a Gamefaqs thread, the whole map consists of 120 grid squares (12 by 10 grid). The playable area is roughly 80 full squares since some of the outer areas are inaccessible. The Great Plateau is a little less than one grid square, making it somewhere between one and one-and-a-half percent of the map.
That breakdown gives gamers a pretty good idea how large the map really is. Hopefully that large of a map will be full of adventures, challenges, and activities and not be too much empty space. We will find out when the game releases on Friday.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild releases March 3, 2017 for Nintendo Switch and Wii U.