I'm what you'd call a casual fan of Pokemon - Red and Blue were formative to my passion for gaming, and I've enjoyed most of the mainline entries. That said, I'm more excited about Pokemon than ever with the upcoming release of Pokemon Sword and Shield (opens in new tab). I love the new locale, I'm psyched about all the new Pokemon, but most of all it's the addition of open-world RPG elements that has me counting the seconds until November 15. The Wild Area is an expansive section of the map that connects the different towns within Galar, and we now have a good idea about just how expansive it is.
According to a Nintendo rep speaking with Metro (opens in new tab), the Wild Area is roughly equivalent in size to two regions from Breath of the Wild put together. For comparison's sake, we know the Great Plateau from Breath of the Wild is roughly the same size as the entire map in Ocarina of Time, and that's only one of 15 different regions in Breath of the Wild. That means if what we hear is true, we can expect a good amount of room to roam within Pokemon Sword and Shield's Wild Area.
In our own hands-on preview (opens in new tab) of Pokemon Sword and Shield, Samuel Horti found a great deal of charm in Galor's very British personality, and loved encountering high level Pokemon right from the start around Galor's open-world Wild Area. Thankfully, it sounds like the Wild Area lives up to the open-world description, at least in terms of its size.
Catch up on our guide for every Pokemon in Sword and Shield (opens in new tab) before its release next month.