ByKen McDonnell, writer at Creators.co
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It's hard to think of anything other than Bethesda's Fallout 4 right now. With a mere 4 days left until its release date, millions of players are prepping themselves for nuclear annihilation. But there's something that's recently put certain gamers on edge, and it comes in the form of a leak.

For gaming publications, and a few additional lucky individuals, post-apocalyptic Boston is something that they've traversed for several days. Come Tuesday, reviewers will have had the opportunity to experience tens of hours of the most anticipated game of the year, and one individual from amongst this lucky crowd has gifted us the image that you see below. It's Fallout 4's map.

Does Elder Scrolls 6 Need to Have A Bigger Map Than Fallout 4?

The leaked map of Fallout 4
The leaked map of Fallout 4

Naturally, it's pretty tough to discern how big it actually is from the image above. But take a look at the comparison image below and you'll notice that it's actually smaller than Skyrim's over-world. Does this spell trouble for one of the most hyped games of all time? Well, not really. Size isn't everything, you know? At least that's the excuse I use. *cries*

Anyway, this has us thinking about Elder Scrolls 6 and what makes a great map. Personally, even though Skyrim had a massive map for you to explore, I felt there was a lot of nothing in it too. There's plenty of wilderness, mountains, and generally empty fields. If Fallout 4 actually has around 400 hours of content in it, perhaps every area will be densely packed with quests and tons of secrets! Isn't that a better option?

Fallout 3 v Fallout 4 v Skyrim
Fallout 3 v Fallout 4 v Skyrim

The one thing about the leak that's a bit perplexing though is that one player walked across the entire map and it only took him 11 minutes...that's a lot more compact than I would have expected from Bethesda. But of course, it's Fallout we're talking about. There could be a massive underground network that we can't see in this map. Besides, Elder Scrolls is a very different kind of universe.

Skyrim
Skyrim

What we want out of an Elder Scrolls map is entirely different than that of a Fallout map. Fantasy games generally have small villages and scattered populations. Fallout 4 seems to show mankind in a state of relatively comfortable survival. Cities are bustling with life and technology has really developed in comparison to what we see in Fallout 3.

Elder Scrolls 6 will probably need something akin to Skyrim. We'll need large open spaces, preferably with a bit more to do than we had in Elder Scrolls: V. But this whole map-leak-kerfuffle doesn't have us down. Fallout 4 doesn't need to have an area as large as Skyrim to succeed. I expect there is so much depth to every area that there's enough here to last us all until the release date of Elder Scrolls 6!

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