Inspired by SAO, mostly the first half of episode 1 before the big reveal. As I said in the OOC Thread (above), Hathoria will be set in a city similar to one in the real world, set in Modern times or Near Future. Though, realistically speaking, races such other than humans can be manifested by the players, the world won't reflect this at the start. One can imagine you got the game and hardward and the invitation to the beta, but you have no other information about Hathoria unless you have one of the alpha testers as one of your contacts. The Beta Phase will be sort of a blind experiment and players have the freedom to make any character, though when you meet the alphas, they may suggest getting an ALT avatar.