ByRob Harris, writer at
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Rob Harris

Tuesday sees the arrival of a moment seven years in the making. Right now, gamers everywhere are rehearsing their best sinus-blocked voice performances in anticipation of an en-masse sick day; time that will be spent, not in the office, but traversing through Fallout 4's irradiated New England wasteland.

Ever since the dust settled on Fallout 3's momentous release, the gaming community has been held in excruciating anticipation over when they'd next get the chance to survive a nuclear apocalypse. Finally, in June, the 4th installment in this acclaimed franchise was announced to uproarious fanfare. But, with the game's much discussed map having leaked a week before the game's November 10th launch date, some are skeptical about whether it'll be worth the wait.

Check out the area you'll be spending at least 80 hours exploring below...

The Leaked Fallout 4 Map

Granted, it's rather hard to gauge just how big that environment is. There has been pre-release talk of Fallout 4's world being up to three times as big as Skyrim's, with YouTube fan group The Pre-War Hub using leaked information to estimate a size of around 30 square miles. However, as this handy scale comparison shows, Fallout 4's desolate landscape actually appears to be...

Smaller Than Skyrim

As you can see, Fallout 4's map fits inside Skyrim's world, though still trumps Fallout 3's Washington area. In the latest leaked video, a player showed that you could walk from one end of Fallout 4's world to the other in just 11 minutes, which sounds surprisingly compact. But don't fret just yet, because, as they say...

Size Isn't Everything

Speaking to Digital Spy, game director Todd Howard responded to a question about Fallout 4's size and explained that bigger isn't always better:

I avoid answering that, and I'll tell you why. If you look at our previous stuff, it's kind of like that. We don't actually measure it like that. Because Skyrim is one size, but the mountains take up a lot of space. That's not really a game place, it's in your way, you have to go around it, so we're not really doing that.

In the city, it's very dense, but there is no load - like in Fallout 3, there's a load - for areas of the city, we don't do that. So it's very dense, the buildings are tall, and a lot of them are open, so you can just walk in and around, so... it's big. I wouldn't say, you know, if you played Skyrim, I couldn't tell you it's X bigger, so we're just saying it's about the same size.

I don't know about you, but I'm still super excited to begin exploring this new wasteland come Tuesday -- let's just hope there's enough of it to keep us busy.


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