I am questioning the world as it was built in the game The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Consider the following map:
Using the game's own paragliding system, it's been calculated that the map has an area roughly equal to 84 sq km.
Is this calculation correct?
It only takes a few minutes to fly across the entire desert, and less than a half hour to cross the entire map on foot. However, the time scale is 60x faster than real life, so one would need to take this into consideration.
For those unfamiliar with the game geography:
- There is a desert in the south-west corner, surrounded by mountains to the north and east. (all of the brown area in the bottom left is desert)
- Elevations are depicted by lighter colors. The more white it is, the higher the elevation.
- There is a huge volcano in the north-east, with large lakes of lava.
- West of the volcano is a large forest/wooded area, surrounded by water on all sides.
- There is a large butterfly-shaped lake in the southern center of the map with a bridge going across. This bridge only takes a few minutes to cross in the game in real-world time.
Good answers will give estimates based on real calculations, explaining how answers were arrived at.