This page of our Steelrising guide shows whether the world map is freely explorable.
Steelrising is a new title from Spiders studio where you assume the role of a female automaton protecting Queen Antoinette. In the course of the game, the player explores varied areas and encounter many opponents who often have different fightstyles and are equipped with additional abilities.
In Steelrising, you aren't free to explore a huge open world, but during the course of the gameplay you'll encounter several semi-open locations. Moreover, some areas are locked at first, and accessing them requires fulfilling certain conditions, such as finding the right key. Nevertheless, the game will keep you on your toes, as each new area is graphically pleasing and presents new challenges to the player.
As you explore new zones, you can unlock shortcuts that connect the areas with each other - this allows for more freedom in progressing through various stages.
Locations are connected through a fast travel system that allows you to move freely between them.
More about fast travel can be found on a dedicated page of the guide (Fast Travel - when it is unlocked).