A long time ago, I could exit to the main menu and click Leave Now (not wait for the 20 second timer). Once I was at the main menu then I could click Start On World Map immediately. If the countdown timer was not finished at that point then the game would make me wait until it expired before putting me on the world map. This had the great effect of making the scene load concur with the countdown timer. It still works to some extent but now I must wait for the countdown timer before clicking through to the world map. I lost the concurrence between the world map loading and the countdown timer. I really feel that we should go back to the old way of simply making us wait to be put onto the world map instead of making us wait for the menu.