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In Cyberpunk 2077, Night City is CD Projekt Red’s harrowing vision of a dystopian city ruled by corporate overlords. Gangs, thugs, and corrupt police walk its dingy streets, while the rich travel to and from luxury sky-high apartments in flying cars. As a place to live, it’s frightening, but as a sandbox for video game players to explore, it’s a bizarre but breathtaking spectacle.

In fact, it’s arguably the star of the show (when it’s working properly, that is), impressing us with its multi-layered design and honeycomb of streets and overhead walkways.

But just how big is this dense urban area compared with other open-world games? And how much more playable area does the surrounding badlands offer for players to race across in search of goons and side gigs to earn eddies?

Well, as has become standard practice at Twinfinite whenever a big open-world game launches, I’ve spent a bit of time measuring the map as best I can to offer a size estimation.

As you can see in the above image, I’ve roughly broken down the playable area into two separate rectangles, which was made easy thanks to the in-game waypoint system that tracks distance.

In terms of why I broke the map into rectangles, that’s because, while the map technically sprawls further either side of those shapes, you can’t actually traverse everywhere.

Cyberpunk 2077 blocks off large sections of the map either by doing the old “Turn around! You can’t go here yet” trick or obstructing your path with a roadblock.

Yes, there’s some playable area outside the rectangles, such as the large area of greenhouses you see at the bottom-left; remember, this is an estimation, not a firm reading.

Also, as you can see, I’ve actually included a little bit of unplayable area within the rectangles, which probably more or less makes up the difference.

So, a little bit of math and we’ve got two figures to add together:

The large rectangle makes 30 kilometers2 , while the smaller is 13.5 kilometers2.

Added together and converted to miles squared to conform to our usual standard means Cyberpunk 2077’s map is around 16.79 mi².

Now, how does that compare with other open-world games, then, including CD Projekt Red’s The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt? Here’s a quick comparison:

  • Grand Theft Auto V – 31 mile²
  • The Witcher 3 (Including Toussaint) – 20.8 mile²
  • Cyberpunk 2077 – 16.79 mi²
  • Ghost of Tsushima – 11.02 mile²
  • Kingdom Come: Deliverance 6.1 mile²
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man – 4.62 mile²

As you can see, not as large as The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’s total area, though actually bigger than its largest single map (the figure includes all areas and DLC). It’s also only half the size of Rockstar’s GTA V Los Santos map.

Still, I’m actually surprised Night City and the badlands are as big as they are, honestly. I didn’t expect it to be larger than, say, Ghost of Tsushima, as it doesn’t really feel or look anywhere near as big when you’re playing.

Although that said, it’s easy to forget how much smaller maps feel when you’re able to move across them in a car or motorbike at high speed. I’m certain Tsushima island would have felt tiny if we had a Quadra Turbo R or Porsche 911 to race across its lush fields and dense woodlands!

For a full comparison, do check out Twinfinite’s top 25 largest open-world maps article. We’ll be updating it soon with Cyberpunk 2077.

Source: https://twinfinite.net/2021/01/heres-how-big-cyberpunk-2077s-map-is-measured/

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Former London Stock Exchange Group CEO Urges UK Government to Explore Cryptocurrencies

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The former CEO of the London Stock Exchange Group, Xavier Rolet, has advised the UK government to look into cryptocurrencies and SPACs to minimize the adverse impact of Brexit. In a recent report, Rolet claimed that the UK has trailed behind other countries in both aspects.

The UK Should Turn To Crypto And SPACs?

Born in France, Rolet is a businessman and the Chief Executive Officer of the London-based credit-focused asset management firm CQS. Before assuming this position, though, he served as the CEO of the London Stock Exchange Group and was named as one of the 100 best CEOs in the world in 2017 by the Harvard Business Review.

In a report cited by Bloomberg, Rolet touched upon the potential consequences to the UK economy following the withdrawal from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, better known as Brexit.

The executive believes that the UK has two viable options to consider if it wants to minimize the risks and help the nation flourish.

In the first one, he urged the government to “promptly consider the SPAC revolution.” Also referred to as “blank check companies,” these special purpose acquisition companies (SPAC) operate as shell corporations listed on a stock exchange with the idea of buying out a private company, thus making it public. Ultimately, this strategy eliminates the need to go through a traditional initial public offering (IPO).

While the US has seen significant adoption in the past year with a 10x increase in the raised funds compared to 2019’s results, the UK regulators have halted their progress on the London markets.

Rolet’s second advice involved digital assets as he noted that “all relevant UK government agencies should be resourced to thoroughly understand cryptocurrencies.”

With proper regulations, the crypto ecosystem could “place London and the UK at the center of a reputable and safe financial market.”

The UK’s Regulatory Approach To Cryptocurrencies

While UK’s regulators have hindered SPACs’ progress within the country, the nation’s financial watchdog, the FCA, has also been rather harsh against the cryptocurrency industry.

As of the start of this year, the Financial Conduct Authority banned crypto derivatives and exchange-traded notes (ETNs) to retail customers.

Additionally, the watchdog has issued several warnings to investors that they could lose all their funds if allocated in digital assets.

The regulator also announced that all UK-based digital asset businesses need to be registered with it but extended the deadline for applications to July 9th, 2021.

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Traders remain bullish even as DeFi’s TVL falls to $54.4 billion

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Decentralized finance and the numerous platforms offering investment services have been the talk of the cryptocurrency sector for several months and this has resulted in investors capturing spectacular gains for some of the top DeFi tokens like Uniswap (UNI) and AAVE. 

The fast-moving prices and 1,000% APY on staked tokens elicited cheers from investors when the market was going up, but the recent selling pressure seen as Bitcoin price dropped below $45,000 shows that the highest fliers are often the quickest to fall as traders rush to exit their positions and lock in their gains.

Daily cryptocurrency market performance. Source: Coin360

On Feb. 22 Bitcoin (BTC) price entered a sharp corrective phase which saw the top digital asset pullback by more than 20% from its all-time high of $58,274. As this occurred, the majority altcoins also saw double-digit corrections and DeFi tokens like PancakeSwap (CAKE) fell as much as 55%. 

Total value locked in DeFi shows resilience

The total value locked in DeFi platforms also took a hit as Bitcoin and altcoins corrected. Data from DeFi Llama shows the combined TVL of all DeFi platforms fell from $64.89 billion to $54.22 billion on Feb. 24. Cointelegraph also reported that this week’s correction led to the second-largest day of DeFi loan liquidations in history. 

Total value locked in DeFi. Source: Defi Llama

The decline in TVL is a result of decreasing token values rather than protocol outflows, indicating that token holders remain committed to the continued expansion of decentralized finance and that the current yields are still incentivizing investors to rem engaged.

Market analysis indicates that despite the recent $5.8 billion Bitcoin and altcoin liquidation, bulls remain optimistic and see this price pullback as a sign of a healthy market.

The same goes for the DeFi sector, which has been in a strong uptrend since the start of the year. Increasing DEX volume as well as a rising TVL show that DeFi is still in the early stages of growth, and while pullbacks are to be expected, the overall trend is positive as institutional and retail investors increasingly gain exposure to this emerging asset class.

Source: https://cointelegraph.com/news/traders-remain-bullish-even-as-defi-s-tvl-falls-to-54-4-billion

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ZelaaPayAE deploys Pundi X’s merchant crypto payment solutions for UAE

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ZelaaPayAE (ZPAE), a Dubai-based blockchain payment network focused on the Gulf region, has announced the deployment of 100 XPOS Handy (point-of-sale terminals) and 10,000 XPASS cards from partner Pundi X, a cryptocurrency payment platform.

“Pundi X has the technology to empower merchants across the world to deploy easy-to-use blockchain solutions. We’re excited to bring it to the UAE market.”
– Sahil Arora, ZPAE CEO

XPOS devices enable cryptocurrency transactions on the blockchain from anywhere….from trendy cafes in Seoul, South Korea, to pubs in New Hampshire, USA. Similarly, the XPASS card makes it easy for customers to pay with their crypto-assets.

“Any corner of the world where XPOS is, that’s a place where seamless transactions can take place. Both ZPAE and Pundi X essentially want the same things; making the blockchain accessible.”
– Zac Cheah, Pundi X’s CEO and Co-Founder

ZelaaPayAE (ZPAE) was founded with the aim of unlocking the power of cryptocurrency in the Middle East. The ZPAE token trades on numerous exchanges such as CoinTiger, JustSwap, Bilaxy, and others. The company is engaged in introducing a number of decentralized finance products in the UAE.

Source: Pundi X

Source: https://www.cryptoninjas.net/2021/02/24/zelaapayae-deploys-pundi-xs-merchant-crypto-payment-solutions-for-uae/

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