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Billionaire Wants to Build a Real-Life Rapture in the Desert

Billionaire and former Walmart executive Marc Lore has shared his vision for a new city in America, that will cost $400 billion to build.

CNN reports that the new city, called Telosa, is being designed to be a sustainable metropolis located in a desert somewhere in the U.S. Right now, city planners are considering Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Arizona, and Texas.

The city's layout is intended to allow residents to get to work, school, or anything else they may need within 15 minutes. The goal is for Telosa to be eco-friendly, with sustainable energy and water. At the center of it all is the Equitism Tower, a skyscraper designed to be, "a beacon for the city."

The plan says the city will eventually grow to 150,000 acres, supporting 5 million people. That stage, however, is at least 40 years away. The first phase would apparently take 10-20 years to achieve, and will support 1 million people in the city.

Today, Bloomberg @business revealed @CityofTelosa: a vision of @BjarkeIngels and @MarcLore for a new city in America that sets a global standard for urban living, expands human potential, and becomes a blueprint for future generations. Learn more here: https://t.co/VD4tpZSgtf pic.twitter.com/lvPXkuWiMH

— BIG (@BIGstertweets) September 1, 2021

The city may evoke memories of BioShock's Rapture, the large, underwater utopia designed to help society flourish. However, the proponents of Telosa say their goal isn't to create a utopia, but rather to stay focused on what is possible.

Speaking of Rapture, the upcoming BioShock 4 seemingly won't take place in either Rapture or BioShock Infinite's Columbia, according to job listings for the game. If Telosa makes you want to dive back into the world of Rapture, you can follow IGN's BioShock walkthrough every step of the way.

Logan Plant is a freelance writer for IGN. You can find him on Twitter @LoganJPlant.

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