Assassin’s Creed is one of the biggest open-world video game franchises ever, but the game that has its biggest environment may be a surprise.
With 12 mainline games and an excessive number of spin-offs, Assassin’s Creed is no stranger to creating extensive world maps for players to explore. The franchise has built quite the portfolio of explorative, three-dimensional environments using real-world locations and the history attached to them. Scaling buildings or trudging up mountains, fans of Assassin’s Creed games know just how large these in-game sites can be. Even so, with so many titles having their own unique areas, which Assassin’s Creed game really has the biggest map?
Ubisoft released its first Assassin’s Creed title in 2007 and its success propelled the series into a fully-fledged franchise. Spanning 13 years, the series has seen many changes, such as the classic parkour in the earlier Assassin’s Creed games being traded out for wider and more expansive playable areas, limiting the use of parkour mechanics that were so beloved in prior titles. Another notable change was the decision to move away from the animus and a regular modern-day protagonist, although that has again shifted in recent entries. With Ubisoft Montréal creating so many Assassin’s Creed titles, with different historical themes for each, and real-life locations needing to be replicated, players saw a steady increase in the size of each game’s map.
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The historic environments have become so large and accurate, in fact, that Ubisoft created a non-combat mode of the locations, called Discovery Tours, that players can freely walk through and learn about the historic buildings and landscapes the team has reproduced. These treks through the elaborate models are so precise and picturesque that Valhalla’s Discovery Tour became a stand-alone game, allowing gamers and educators to purchase them separately. Choosing real-life places that are inherently large, such as Greece and Egypt, to have to portray accurately in a video game leaves many players of the franchise wondering just which map is the largest. Any player who has played the more recent titles might have guessed which is the biggest, nevertheless, it would seem the massiveness of Greece in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey has made it the largest map of the franchise.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Has A Bigger Map Than Valhalla
In terms of measurements, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey has been calculated to be the largest map of the franchise with Valhalla’s combined maps of both England and Norway coming in second and Origins’ Egypt coming in third place. Nexushub has the landmass for Odyssey measuring 45 square miles, while England and Norway totaled 38.5 square miles, and Origins’ Egypt is measured at 31 square miles. With so many main and spinoff games in the Assassin’s Creed franchise, and still more to come, it will be interesting to see if any of the new installments will have a larger map than Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.
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