Getting The Feel Of A District - Northeastern Research District
Hey everyone! Austin “Cube” Lang here, to tell you a bit more about what our aspirations are for City of Titans!
Titan City is an eclectic place. As Jack Snyder mentioned back in Update #11, we’re trying to make our city feel as dynamic and alive as possible. We want each and every district you visit in City of Titans to have its own distinctive feel, something that is obvious to you the minute you set foot inside. The ultimate goal is a city where even someone who has never even played the game before gets a sense of what they can find in a given district.
A district starts with a theme: something like urban fantasy, gritty industry, or high-tech science. These aren’t the only types of things you’ll find in a given district --we’re making an effort to ensure that you have a range of genres to choose from. But the theme still colors the general atmosphere and motif of a district.
Take, for instance, the Northeastern Research District, one of the more heavily themed areas of Titan City. This district is our go-to place for science and technology stories. It’s home to one of our universities, a plethora of research centers, and a few scientific surprises. You’ll have to wait until we’re closer to launch to hear about those, of course.
One of the keywords for the Northeastern Research District is “futuristic”. This district has a reputation in the lore as the “Birthplace of Tomorrow”, and its landscape covers visions of the future from across the decades. Progress Park, for instance, has a sort of World’s Fair type feel. Very retro-futuristic: shiny, hopeful, but also a bit dated in an innocent way. Lots of Zeerust, if you’ll forgive the term. It was built during the 1950s and 60s, where “the Future” was made up of things like plastics, elevated freeways, and glass domes.
Innovation Center is a more modern conception of the future. Fanciful glass skyscrapers and holographic displays dominate this area. They’re a lot like the fancier buildings you might see on architecture blogs today, but just a little more out there.
The EdenTech BioCampus offers a greener vision of the future, with its glass biodomes and ultra eco-friendly design. We spent a lot of time researching green architecture when designing it.
Finally, Pioneer Point features a lot of unique architecture reminiscent of the aerospace industry that dominates the neighborhood. It’s a little out of this world, but it has its charm.
Of course, a district’s theme isn’t limited to aesthetics. We’ve been carefully designing each district for optimal immersion. In the Northeastern Research District, you’ll face high tech foes like the nefarious ePunks; cybernetically enhanced hackers with a surprising amount of cunning. You can explore stories involving high tech holograms, escaped experiments, and the prices we pay when science goes too far.
Each district, and each neighborhood, is designed to give off a very specific atmosphere. No matter where you are in the Northeastern Research District, you know that there is going to be some sort of science afoot. It carries over to other places as well. Every district is designed to be as immersive and interesting as possible, and we hope you take the time to explore them all.
The Northeastern Research District is still in the early developmental stages, and everything mentioned here is subject to change, but we hope this little sneak peek is enough to get you excited. Stay tuned, everyone!
Austin “Cube” Lang - MWM Composition