Solasta's map is great. I wish more games would do maps like that.
Before I saw Solasta's map, I wanted to suggest "something like Daggerfall, just more polished". I'm so happy a modern game has this type of map. This should have been the standard (or one of main approaches) for two decades. I hope future games continue this.
And it looks so nice, too! I love the "3D sketch on paper" feel. Like a magical map fantasy adventurers could actually use.
i still would like if larian provided some comment as to the lock mechanic happening after act 1, and if its limited to just companions or maps as well - not a fan of act maps that restrict where you can and cant revisit as you progress the story.
Yeah... Not a fan of both. I'm more bothered by companion lock, tbh, but permanently missable content is also not something I like. Imo the best model is openable/opening world (kind of how BG1 did it). I suppose story reasons might dictate otherwise though.
Another thing is that iirc main plot progression might be sudden/not obvious. So you could progress beyond act-break on accident by exploring. I hope I misunderstood Swen and it's completely not the case. (Take this with a grain of salt.)