Back in 2015, when The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was originally announced, Nintendo said that the game world would be huge.
Nintendo did not reveal how huge at the moment, but after a while, it was announced that a small section of Breath of the Wild would be as large as the entire world of the Twilight Princess. Moreover, the game’s producer Eiji Aonuma stated that the development team was taking inspiration from Kyoto when it comes to the world size.
Now that we have had a detailed look at the game during Nintendo’s E3 2016 media briefing, Nintendo has announced that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is about 12x times larger than The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess for Nintendo Wii and GameCube.
To give you a better understanding, do note that The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess has the largest world across all Zelda games – with the exception of Breath of the Wild, of course! Moreover, after some calculations, it has been unveiled that the world map size of Breath of the Wild is about 360 square kilometers or 140 square miles. For the sake of comparison, the world map size of Nintendo’s Xenoblade Chronicles X is 154.44 square miles. By this calculation, we can deduce that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is only a tad smaller than Xenoblade Chronicles X which is a huge game.
In addition to this, Eiji Aonuma has also confirmed that Breath of the Wild will feature towns/villages that will be interconnected with the overall world. The game will allow players to reach the end battle right from the start of the game without worrying about completing puzzle and other campaign-related challenges.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is scheduled to release sometime during 2017 for Nintendo NX and Nintendo Wii U.