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Of course FFXIV is still young, but the reason why we haven't yet seen a full clear official world map of Hydaelyn (and the same reason Vana'diel never had a full world map in FFXI either), probably has something to do with how new areas are added into the game

FFXIV Questions of Othard and Geography

Now, I know that our travels to the continent of Othard are quite a long time away, at least 3-4 years by current dev cycle rates, but would it be too much to ask for a generalised map of the continent for players to draw from?

 

Doman refugees are likely to have brought one or two along with them and they don't have to be complete either. Just something for the player base that take joy in giving their character more depth.

 

The small tidbits here and there from the naming convention and in-game dialogue from Doman NPCs barely scratches the surface of what Othard is like, and for a lot of Auri players, that lack of information is likely to be devastating when we finally get to journey to the Far East.

 

I am aware that the continent is mostly the open plains of the Steppes with the northern and north eastern edges mountainous, but having a map of the general continent and Doma's place in the world will ease the transition of Au Ra from 3.0 into the future so much easier.

 

I know the likelihood of mod response is low, but a man can dream...

 

I presume that picture is either... a very vague guess (and thus is just fan art not to be taken seriously), or it's a background texture that's been cleverly pulled from that

 

Either way, you have to remember that FFXI has never had a complete world map of Vana'diel shown, even after well over a decade of service and multiple expansions later, the only maps for Vana'diel have only ever been of player-accessible lands like the Middle Lands and Eradjia - other continents are referred to frequently in the game's story but have never been shown on any map. And given FFXI's storyline is been officially wound down now, it almost definitely never will have a full world map released now.

 

Of course FFXIV is still young, but the reason why we haven't yet seen a full clear official world map of Hydaelyn (and the same reason Vana'diel never had a full world map in FFXI either), probably has something to do with how new areas are added into the game. As the world expands, it's entirely possible that the development team may wish to develop an entirely new place or land that has not yet been referred to in the lore, and thus keeping the overall geography of the world deliberately vague allows them to easily slot the new place into the geography without causing lore issues (and the resulting massive retcon to the geography it would otherwise cause if the world map was static). 

 

So for this reason I doubt we'll be seeing a full world map of Hydaelyn any time soon.... because there most likely isn't one, yet - Hydaelyn's geography isn't yet 'set in stone' so to speak and is still in a state of flux development wise.

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