Forgot about Russia when making this post, it voids quite a bit of my argument when it comes to the size aspect, however I still think the bits about how bloody empty the Outback is still stands. Please keep in mind that the difference between Russia and Australia is that Russia is a lot more Developed (At least the Western half) than Australia, due of course to the Outback.
It’s not really a good idea. A good 80% of Australia is considered part of the Outback.
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If you don’t know much about the outback, it’s basically a barren wasteland comparable to the Sahara desert. Pretty much no one and nothing lives there. Only roughly 5% of Australia’s population lives there, Australia’s population is only 25.6 million. Most of those people live on the coast, mainly the South Eastern coast.
I know you mainly brought up Sydney and the East coast, but it’s important to talk about the area of the continent that takes up over 80% of the damn landmass. Oh, and did I mention that Australia is a fucking continent? Take the UK map for an example. That map is an insane sized map. Here’s the UK + Ireland inside of Australia.
Now, lets put Australia over the USA.
Australia is god damn huge, we don’t even have a map size to cover something that big. If an Australia map was made and the people making it were trying to be accurate the over half of the map would be an empty wasteland.
Alice Springs is pretty much the only settlement of note in the Outback, it has a population of 25,186 as of 2011, a town that you might have heard of that has a similar population is Whitehorse, Yukon at a population of 25,085 as of 2016.
Notice the lack of anything in central Australia.
If an Australia map were to be made it would most likely only be the South Eastern corner, most likely just New South Wales and Victoria and maybe a slice of South Australia. Towns would most likely include Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide and maybe New Castle. I don’t see a map like this happening, the 3.0 player base likes maps that are compact and have a clear loot flow, that’s why Washington is so disproportionately played.
A map like this would not work with 3.0 palyerbase, it would be played for the first few days and then dropped, like Canyon arena, notice how Yukon the map that closest reflects Australia is barley played. Players want to be able to gear up fast and then kill each other in PVP hellholes like Seattle.