Ok pardon the crappy web graphics about to show up here but I want to explain how I think the new world layout will be.
In FFXI, the world layout is generally this way, when looking at cities.
O ---------- O
\ O /
The O in the center being the central hub city, surrounded by the 3 other nation capitals. The world had to grow between these points, and a little outward once they ran out of 'space'.
I think this time around they're going with this model:
O ... O
(dotted line represents aparent lack of direct route between forest
and pirate towns, unless I'm missing it.)
Main cites being close, and the world will grow 'away' from them. This way they have a huge ammount of space on a map, to work in new areas. I've spent most days walking around to every area I can without being killed. And this is how i feel the existing zones already are laid out.
Also this means that expansions would probably tag on 1 new zone for each city 'branch', meaning each added zone would be further and further away from civilization. The world would feel wider every time they expand. It would feel like our little cities are colonizing into the wilds around them as the game ages.
From each Town right now you can either go "towards the other town" or "The other way, into the dangerous wilds". Seems to match the graph.
Pressing 'submit' and hoping these graphs make visible sense on the other side!! Edited, Sep 6th 2010 10:20pm by RattyBatty