The other day our LS was having a conversation of how big this game actually is and how much are we being locked out of, it turns out it might be a fair bit. Today I have sat down and tried to translate most of that stupid writing that they use on the map to try and come up with the names of these new zones and possible cities.
So to start with west of Ishgard seems to be a zone called Dravania and it has a city/fort called Sharlavan in it.
North of Gridania is a zone called Xelphatoi.
East of Gridania is a region called Gyn Abania and has a city/fort called Ala Mhigo. Further east is the Garlean Empire.
East of Ul'dah is a region called Paglth'an.
Finally north of Limsa is a region called O'Ghomoro which I assume will be the volcano part of the island.
Then when you look deeper into the regions we already have you see places other places to like in Mor Dhona there is Silvertear Falls, Coerthas has many other places like the Slate Mountains and Eagles Rise, Hall of the Seven Echoes and so on.
When you start breaking it down with just these zones the game will double in size and that's before you add the Garlean Empire which is bound to come at some point. The problem is what the **** are they going to fill it all with.
I could see them locking us out of the other zones purely for the reason of transport and the fact that these will probably be R50+ zones. Also as I have said before about them holding stuff back for the PS3 release, I think adding all those zones and being able to say look we have doubled the size of the game world will help them with their marketing along with everything else they fix and add as well to help push sales and generate interest in the game.
I am fairly excited about all this as I do believe that game has enormous potential but has been executed poorly from launch. I just hope they canfix what needs fixing and then lockdown what they are doing with the gameplay and mechanics so that start adding all this stuff they must have planned.