New World: How Big is the Map?

Are you curious how big is the map of the New World videogame, which is the new upcoming MMORPG from Amazon Game Studios?

A quick answer to this question would be that the New World’s map size, or the world size, is about 40 square kilometers. But it’s a little bit more complicated.

Amazon Game Studios stated that they don’t want a big, empty world. Instead, they are focusing on creating a smaller world but fulfilled with meaningful, living areas.

That makes sense. All of us know games that have super huge worlds, but they are also almost empty. I would rather walk through a smaller, living world where every corner is perfectly designed instead of walking through the giant world where you can do almost nothing.

Huge worlds are useless if there isn’t anything in them. Huge worlds also get negated fairly quickly with add ons or mods or guides that show you exactly where everything is.

Also, we should consider that there are no fast-travels or mounts in the New World (at least they are not announced yet). Also, the servers won’t be that big compared to other MMOs. One server should serve from 1500 to 3000 players, so the world shouldn’t feel overly crowded.

The game is currently in the alpha phase, so we don’t have much first-hand experience, but we already know something about the world size for sure.

  • The map has already been expanded a lot between 1st and 2nd alpha. So this can happen in the future as well.
  • The current map takes about 30 minutes to walk from the furthest north point to the southernmost point.
  • Alpha players wish to have some fast-travel or mounts, so we can suppose that the world feels quite big.

Stop talking, let’s see how the New World’s map looks like!

Videogame New World Map

New World Map Size Compared to Other Games

Now you know that the map size is 40 square kilometers. But what the heck does that mean? Let’s compare it to other MMORPG games!

P.S. all numbers are only approximate. The size might feel different because of the in-game speed of your character, or mount, etc. So take this with a grain of salt.

  1. Guild Wars 2 – 36 km2
  2. Dark And Light – 40 km2
  3. Mortal Online – 64 km2
  4. World Of Warcraft Pre-Burning Crusade – 207 km2
  5. Vanguard: Saga Of Heroes – 288 km2
  6. EverQuest – 294 km2
  7. Black Desert Online – 399 km2
  8. Star Wars Galaxies – 518 km2
  9. ArcheAge – 600 km2
  10. Asheron’s Call – 1 295 km2
  11. Guild Wars Nightfall – 38 850 km2
  12. Lord Of The Rings Online – 77 700 km2

If you want to compare it to some other games than MMORPGs, watch the excellent video below.

Now you should have an idea of how big the New World map is. But in the end, it all depends on the level design.

If developers can balance map size, level of detail, server size, and overall make the world living, it doesn’t matter how big it is. The ultimate goal is to have fun, not to worry about the world size. Am I wrong?

Now, all we have to do is wait until August 25, 2020, when is the official release date. Or you can preorder the game on the Steam right now, and you will get early access on July 23, 2020.

Let’s see what the game will deliver. Hopefully, it will bring back the good old days of MMORPGs.

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