Overall LandscapeXana is a big country, populated with 5 towns, and a massive city in themiddle. The city in the middle is called Zehel. It is a city at the base of a gianttree that reaches into the clouds. On the outskirts of the land, floating islandstake up the sky. Overall, the land itself will be separated into smallbiomes, one will be snow, another will be plains, and one will be a forestbiome. The middle of the land where ‘Zehel’ is, won’t have a specificbiome, it will be just be normal weather. The overall theme for the land isfantasy, and it will be sticking to that theme, therefore magical objects willappear throughout the land, for example; a fountain will be designed tohold water as an orb.
Floating islands• On the outskirts of the land, floating islands take up the sky. On the islands are temples, but mostly they are just wildlife. The islands themselves will be moving around the map, a couple of islands will be low to the ground, low enough to be able to jump onto.
Towns• Guards barracks, a church, village houses etc. With certain buildings or layout, making each village unique, for example; one village might have a river or lake flowing through the middle, while another might be on the side of a mountain. There will be roads connecting the towns and villages to each other, with signs showing the way.
Countryside• Spread through the land will by shrines, bridges, ruins and smaller villages, which will be mainly farmland. The countryside will be full of wildlife such as trees, bushes, rivers etc. There will be roads connecting the towns and villages to each other, with signs showing the way.
Research comparison • Compared to my research, fantasy based games do just as well as other popular genres, in some cases even better. As well as this, fantasy mixes well with other Fantasy genres, the mostGame Amount of sold units (million) popular from theDragon Age: Origins 4.31m research I haveDevil May Cry 4The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 2.75m 10.59m done, being, RPG. AndDark Souls 2.14m this isnt just in theThe Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim 14.27m Gaming industry, many Adventure books as based on fantasy so the authorAssassins Creed 10.53mProfessor Layton and the Unwound Future 3.05m can stretch out theL.A. NoireHeavy Rain 5.23m 2.28m story of the book. 2Star Fox Adventures 1.87m books of the top 5 best selling books, are fantasy based. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_best-selling_books
Why are they popular?• Fantasy environments are so popular because they don’t follow the logic of the real world. They are separated, that’s why they are so interesting, as anything can happen in fantasy.• Also, fantasy isnt as black and white as say, first person shooters. With shooters your put along a controlled path of killing enemies, while in fantasy its much more lenient because in fantasy, basically anything can happen.
Audience Profile• People like to explore greater themes - themes that go beyond the limited palette that literary fiction claims to offer. Anything is possible in fantasy, and the genre can exercise our ability to think and to wonder. .• Because the world is vast, it will suite well with ‘explorers’ and as it is an unnatural environment due to the fantasy genre, it suites the ‘reformers’ as well, as they aren’t limited in the world, they can do what they want and not follow social protocol’s.
Movie Success• Since the late 1990s, the genre has gained new respectability in a way, driven principally by the successful adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkiens The Lord of the Rings and J.K. Rowlings Harry Potter series. Jacksons The Lord of the Rings trilogy is notable due to its ambitious scope, serious tone and thematic complexity. These pictures achieved phenomenal commercial and critical success, and the third instalment of the trilogy became the first fantasy film ever to win the Academy Award for Best Picture.• The Harry Potter series has been a tremendous financial success, has achieved critical acclaim, and boasts an enormous and loyal fan base.• Following the success of these ventures, Hollywood studios have green lighted additional big-budget productions in the genre.
Current Fantasy Games• Final Fantasy; The series has been commercially and critically successful; it is Square Enixs best selling video game franchise, with more than 100 million units sold, and one of the best-selling video game franchises.• Elder Scrolls; The series has been going on for years. With its own lore and story it’s a financial success, selling 24 million units (not accounting for games before OBLIVION) .http://www.vgchartz.com/gamedb/?name=Elder+Scrolls