Assassin's Creed Origins' Director Addresses The Size Of The World

Assassin's Creed Origins Map Size
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A lot of gamers have been wondering exactly how big the map size is for Assassin's Creed: Origins, the newest entry in the long-running Ubisoft series of open-world games. Well, the game director, Ashraf Ismail, finally talked about exactly how big the general map size is in Assassin's Creed: Origins. Expect the biggest cities in Origins be larger than the largest cities in Black Flag.

Speaking with Game Informer during a live Skype chat, Ismail didn't have exact numbers on the map size, but he did ballpark a figure, comparing it to the highly popular Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, saying...

If I compare it to previous games in the past, I don't actually know the exact numbers [for Origins], but I would say that it's at least twice the size of Havana from Black Flag, at least.

The thing is, there are several locations to visit in Assassin's Creed: Origins, and Ismail was asked about the two largest cities in Assassin's Creed: Origins, Alexandria and Memphis. Alexandria he mentions is just slightly larger than Memphis, and then he rolled out the comparison to Havana from Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag.

The Memphis map in Origins was described in the Q&A as being "ancient Egypt" and representing a lot of the old ways from thousands of years ago. Alexandria was described as being more modern, representing the Egypt of slightly more modern times, featuring libraries, and advanced structures, as well as science institutions. There are a number of different cities represented in Assassin's Creed: Origins to highlight the varied and diverse cultures that clashed, mixed and mingled during the Ptolemaic era, each one of different size but all of them will be slightly smaller than Memphis and Alexandria.

Now if you were hoping that the game would feature the same level of naval combat as Black Flag, Ismail mentions that they won't have that level of complexity to the naval combat, but there will be various boats you can use to traverse the map.

Now circling back around to the size of the map in comparison to Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, for those of you who played the game, the Havana map was probably one of the largest cities featured in an Assassin's Creed game. Some of the largest maps were in Assassin's Creed III and Assassin's Creed IV, and so Havana was probably a few times larger than New York from the previous game. I would say that Havana was also just slightly larger in some ways than Boston, but probably just based on the way it was laid out.

This gives you some indication of how big the maps in Assassin's Creed: Origins will be if they're twice the size of Havana. Then again, this also depends on whether or not we're talking actual geography or density.

The frontier map, for instance, was super large in Assassin's Creed III but it was filled mostly with a lot of wooded areas, mountains, and rolling hills. So we'll see how well they actually fill out Memphis, Alexandria and the other maps in the game when Origins finally releases later this year for the Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

Will Usher

Staff Writer at CinemaBlend.