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Far Harbor: A Size Comparison

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SCIENCE!

Hello and welcome to the first of The Vault's articles on Fallout. We have retired out old Wikilog system in favor of the official Twitter accounts for the series providing a live feed of current events. Articles are the second component of this system, trading frequent updates for higher value content, as with our coverage of Fallout 4's announcement.

This article is devoted to a commonly raised issue: Just how large is Far Harbor?

The basic facts

Before we delve into the meat of this article, let us point out a few facts:

  • All maps within are standardized to the size of a single cell (4096x4096 units, represented by a square roughly 15x15 pixels; the margin of error is roughly 5-7%). Fallout: New Vegas has been used as reference.
  • The only exception is Morrowind, as the map cell was 8192x8192 in Net Immerse.
  • Cell size has remained constant ever since Morrowind and NetImmerse. Compare the data for Oblivion's Creation Set and Creation Engine games.
  • Scale is approximately the same for different generation games: 128 units correspond to roughly a height 1.0 human: Creation and Oblivion.
  • Texture files containing the pre-rendered world maps are, however, of a different scale in Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, Fallout 4, and its DLCs. Each grid square contains a different amount of cells as a result. Maps have been colored red to signify unplayable or unreachable areas.
  • The Vault does its best to provide accurate comparisons, however, the nature of graphics software and adjusting maps of different sizes makes this a challenge. Corrections are welcome.
  • We excluded DLCs with non-existent or difficult/impossible to analyze world maps from, Operation: Anchorage, The Pitt, Mothership: Zeta, Dead Money, and Lonesome Road, as their structure makes it impossible to make any kind of comparison that would have merit.

Comparison

Fallout 4 world map files with the correct region borders are provided by FloorBelow. Thank you!

Fallout 4

Game Image Notes
Fallout 4
Commonwealth Map Comparison.png
The basic worldmap. Each square on the grid corresponds to four cells (2x2).
Far Harbor
Far Harbor Comparison Map.png
Map of Far Harbor, to scale. As is the established convention for DLCs, each square on the grid corresponds to one cell.

As can be seen, it adds a landmass comparable to about 20% of the Commonwealth.

Fallout 4 and other Fallout games

Game Image Notes
Fallout 4
Commonwealth Map Comparison.png
The basic worldmap. Each square on the grid corresponds to four cells (2x2).
Fallout: New Vegas
Mojave Comparison Map.png
Map of the Mojave, the subject of infinite controversy among players, based on a simple misunderstanding: Each square on the grid corresponds to no less than sixteen cells (4x4), with the map having a smaller scale than either Fallout 4 or Fallout 3s maps.
Fallout 3
CApital Wasteland Map Comparison.png
The Capital Wasteland is presented at a scale half-way between 4 and New Vegas: Each square grid represents nine cells (3x3).

Fallout 4 DLC and other Fallout DLCs

Far Harbor Old World Blues Honest Hearts Point Lookout Broken Steel
Far Harbor Comparison Map.png
Big MT Map Comparison.png
Zion Map Comparison.png
Point Lookout Comparison Map.png
Adams Comparison Map.png

Bonus stage: Elder Scrolls vs. Fallout games

All map images and cell data for The Elder Scrolls games provided by The Unofficial Elder Scroll Pages.
Fallout 4 Skyrim
Commonwealth Map Comparison.png
Skyrim Comparison Map.png
Fallout: New Vegas Oblivion
Mojave Comparison Map.png
Oblivion.png
Fallout 3 Morrowind
CApital Wasteland Map Comparison.png
Morrowind Map.png

Bonus stage: Elder Scrolls DLCs vs. Fallout DLCs

Far Harbor Old World Blues Honest Hearts Point Lookout Broken Steel
Far Harbor Comparison Map.png
Big MT Map Comparison.png
Zion Map Comparison.png
Point Lookout Comparison Map.png
Adams Comparison Map.png
Dragonborn Shivering isles Bloodmoon
Dragonborn Comparison Map.png
Shivering Isles.png
Bloodmoon Comparison Map.png

Gallery

All raw images used in this comparison.