CD Projekt Red is best known for its open-world games, which house expansive world maps – but when it comes to two of the studio’s most popular titles, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Cyberpunk 2077, it can be difficult to determine which of the two actually has the higher card. After all, the two RPGs are very different from each other, not only in their plots, but also in their atmospheres. One immerses the player in a fantasy setting full of open natural landscapes, while the other caters to a more crowded metropolitan environment.
But even after getting technical, the answer to this question is not as simple as it seems. The Witcher 3: Wild HuntContinent infested with werewolves and Cyberpunk 2077The dystopian city of Night City is both bigger and smaller than the other in its respective ways. Which one feels greatest to the player largely depends on what aspects of open-world gameplay they like (or dislike).
Witcher 3’s map is bigger, but Cyberpunk 2077’s is denser
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was a massive hit for CD Projekt Red, and despite being released nearly eight years ago, many gamers still consider it one of the best RPGs of all time. One of its defining features was its map, which remains one of the greatest among open world games to this day. According RED SIDE on Youtube, Witcher 3The map covers approximately 135 square kilometers. For comparison, this is 100 square kilometers more than The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim, which is about 37 square kilometers. Flat terrain, slow movement speed and incredible distance between many Witcher 3main and side quests only emphasize the enormous size of the map (perhaps a bit too much, as some players have expressed).
When it comes to area, Cyberpunk 2077The map of is considerably smaller, because EdgeRunner Cold on YouTube puts it at around 106 square kilometres. However, one important aspect to consider when it comes to the futuristic RPG’s map is that its world-building is exceptionally more complex. Set on the west coast of California, Night City is packed with unique characters, quests, and locations that give it a realistic urban feel. Additionally, many of the buildings in the game are open for exploration, with some even being multi-level. This may give some players the impression that compared to other open world maps, Cyberpunk 2077is more comprehensive and expansive – but for others it can quickly become claustrophobic and overwhelming.
So when comparing the sizes of the two world maps, there is no right answer. Even though The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt can be mathematically larger, Cyberpunk 2077The dense and compact design of can make the player’s experience feel more complete than the previous one. Whether a player prefers to ride through lush hills and scattered forests, or weave through a bustling neighborhood teeming with sights and sounds of the city, a player’s preferences can impact their perception of what is actually bigger.