LAUNCH DAY: DISTRICTS (Part One)
Of course, we are years from launch. Everything I am about to say is projected, intended, and subject to change. Regardless, allow me to take you forward in time and up in the air, to get a taste of what it is going to feel like to step out of the (probably skippable) tutorial instance and onto the streets of Titan City for the first time.
Alexandria: As the swell of the beautiful theme rises around you, you will look across Phoenix Plaza in the heart of the District of Alexandria. The Phoenix Statue, commemorating the heroic actions of the community in the wake of Hurricane Atlas, is visible before you, no doubt with a gathering of colorful, costumed figures near its base. Your eyes are greeted by a shining, resplendent city, a forest of dramatic ultramodern buildings in an eclectic variety of styles. Many of Titan City's most spectacular architectural achievements are gathered around you, from the Modernist/Romanesque City Hall to the Titan City Museum of History (which was the City Hall until the Great Fire of 1908). Here, due in part to the number of costumed vigilantes that people the area, you will see little sign of crime or conflict. But we are in only one of Alexandria's many neighborhoods and even from here, we can see a distant explosion. The work, no doubt of Anarchy Red; we'll deal with them later.
Let's take to the skies. Rising hundreds of feet in the air, we look down to see that we are hovering with our backs to a large bay that opens to the ocean North of us. The city spans the bay, dividing it into the more affluent North and the more practical South. Alexandria is one of the points farthest North (although distant Stoneham extends even further North), so our tour will take us South, across a contiguous sprawl of land. Ignoring for now the massive Santiago-Yuri island complex to the West and the impregnable Hardlock Prison island to the East, we fly due South, above the busy shipping in the waters of Steward's Bay.
Victory Beach: On our way South, we pass over the iconic roller coaster and boardwalk of the Victory Beach amusement park. This tiny District is a famous resort area and where you find most of the swimsuits in the summer. Although we intend at this point a single server architecture with no impassable walls barring traffic, each District on the map will have its own personality and flavor. After taking a glance down to check for the fish-men that are an urban legend anywhere Titan City meets the ocean, we continue.
Charleston: Having crossed the bay, we find ourselves above our first Southern district, Charleston. It is a stark contrast to the gleaming spires of Alexandria. Forever crowned by a hazy cloud due to the smoke from various polluting industries, the streets below are no better. Most locals avoid Charleston. Once, it was one of the most upscale parts of Titan City, but it has fallen upon some of the hardest times of the last hundred years. As we hover above the neighborhood of Widow's Reach, we find ourselves over the Harborside Playhouse. Restored from an abandoned ruin by the Titan City Historical Society, even this beautiful and deeply historical building lies empty as city politicians argue over whether it is worth using again.
...and that is all that we have time for today.
Welcome to 3 out of 12 Districts currently planned for launch, averaging 5 distinct neighborhoods, each with their own feel, purpose and threats. We even sneaked in a glance at a couple of planned Expansion districts as well. But there is a lot more than this to see.
How much actually makes it in at launch is up to you. We are literally working day and night to make preparations and plans, but how much we can do quickly will depend on tools, which will depend on money. We have the talent, we have the drive. Most importantly, we have you, our community. Of course, at this point we are pre- pre- pre-Alpha, so anything I have said may change, grow or shrink. But we will strive to have as much as we can for you ready on Launch day, a thriving, living city for you to explore.
Hope to see you here “soon.”