Is it Open World?
Pokémon Legends: Arceus is the newest upcoming Pokémon game for the Nintendo Switch. Naturally there has been a lot of hype and conversation about this game. With it being different from any Pokémon game we’ve seen before, not a lot of fans know what to expect. The latest conversation about the game has to do with the map and how the player explores the new Hisui region. More specifically, how big is the map in Pokemon Legends: Arceus?
There have been rumors about the game not being as open world and the map not being as big as we once thought. In Pokémon games the map is usually split up into areas. You don’t get to explore most areas until you complete missions and unlock them. When the first Legends: Arceus trailers were coming out, people made comparisons to Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which welcomes open world exploring. This lead to people believing Pokemon Legends: Arceus would be open world as well. It turns out that this game will be similar to previous ones in the sense that the player will need to unlock areas before being able to explore them. Though, the game isn’t technically “open world”, the Pokemon Legends Arceus map size is still MASSIVE from what we’ve seen so far.
Pokemon Legends Arceus Map Size
How Big is the Map?
From these three screenshots of the Hisuian region map above, you can see the whole map is comprised of 5 different open areas. These are the areas you can unlock and explore as you play through the game. The second screenshot is of 1 of the 5 areas, the Obsidian Fieldlands. In the third screen shot you can see how many sub-areas this single area is split up into. There are 34 sub areas in the Obsidian Fieldlands. Now this might seem like a lot of information but @JoeMerrick on Twitter puts it more simply. In the tweet below, they compare it to a game you may be familiar with, Pokémon: Sword and Shield. If you’ve played Sword & Shield, you’ve probably been to the Wild Area, one of the main largest areas in the game to catch Pokémon in. The Wild Area in Sword & Shield had 18 sub areas, that is half of the size of one of the new areas in Legends: Arceus. This means the map in this upcoming game is potentially 10x larger than the big Wild Area in Sword & Shield. This makes up for the game not being open world, as you’re probably not going to run out of areas to explore for quite a while playing Pokémon Legends: Arceus. As a map size comparison to SwSh, Legends Arceus is huge!
So putting the Pokémon Legends Arceus non-“open world” debate to the side, let’s look at one of the seemingly five open areas we know about: Obsidian Fieldlands— Joe Merrick (@JoeMerrick) October 9, 2021
This area has got 34 different sub areas within it. To compare, Wild Area had 18, Isle of Armor 17 and Crown Tundra 15 pic.twitter.com/7Ul7Xreng7
Updated Full Map
If you’d like to see a full map of Hisui, detailing where each area is, refer to the article below!
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