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The Order: 1886 Preview

All we know about this PlayStation 4 exclusive (which isn't a whole lot).

There was plenty of excitement about the final salvo Sony fired at their E3 press conference on Monday night, maybe to such a degree that they forgot about an exclusive PlayStation 4 game that debuted before the grand finale. The only new exclusive game revealed during the conference, The Order: 1886 looks like it could satisfy our collective need for new properties on our flashy new console.

There isn’t much known about The Order yet, and what we do know can mainly be gleaned from the sole trailer we’ve seen and a few tidbits from Sony. Clearly taking place in an alternate version of Victorian London, an ancient order of knights is continuing its fight against… some sort of fast-moving humanoids. No worries about facing off against played out shambling zombies here, as the shadowy creatures attacking a group of knights move quickly and even climb their way up poles to get better vantage points.

The surrounded knights made it clear that there’s going to be a pretty wide variety of weapons to toy around with, showing firearms ranging from a small-scale Luger style pistol to a massive scatter-shot blaster. Each of the weapons has an interesting steam-punk aesthetic that fits in with the zeppelin-filled skies of this alternate London. It looks like an interesting landscape to spend some time in, especially if everything shown is truly made in-engine as is claimed.

The developer, Ready at Dawn studios, has a good resume behind them, although they’ve yet to delve into a full-scale console release. Most of their previous games were PlayStation Portable spinoff games in the proven God of War and Jak and Daxter series. That’s no reason to have serious doubts, though, as they’ve consistently produced some solid work.

Beyond these base-level facts, all that’s left is to speculate about what this game might consist of. Does the four-person group shown in the trailer indicate this is a co-op game with each player focusing on a particular skill set? The weapon and character pairings might indicate this is the case. Of course, it could be that some of the roles will be filled with A.I. behaviors and it’s simply a single player adventure. At this point, though, that’s part of the fun – wondering what could be. We’ll just have to wait for more details to trickle out, including the planned release date.




06/12/2013 at 03:37 PM

This is one of the games that I am most excited about.  I love alternate histories, steampunk aesthetics and secret societies.  I think that Ready at  Dawn is up to the task of making a home console release.


06/13/2013 at 02:57 AM

As a Callahan, I am buying this game even if it gets the lowest ratings any game has ever gotten, just since there is FINALLY a Callahan in a video game. But from the looks of this trailer, it's gonna be pretty good, so no worries there.

Just from the trailer and title, my thoughts are it'll hopefully be a series, almost like Assassin's Creed, in that each iteration follows a different person or group of people in varying times, but are all a part of this "Order". Also, I think the enemies may either be some type of werewolf, or my more likely thought, aliens, which could contribute to the technology being advanced for 1886. Really looking forward to this game, and hope it's a launch title so I can play it Day One! I need something besides Call of Duty: Ghosts and Assassin's Creed 4 for the PS4!


06/19/2013 at 07:59 PM

Im hopeing to see this has a launch title. If it is it will be my first purchase game wise for the PS4. From what Ive read on it it's been in development since 2010 so I kind of hope there nearing the end of working on it.

Justin Matkowski Staff Alumnus

06/21/2013 at 12:36 PM

Like transmet, I am also a fan of alternate history timelines; given the art direction we've seen so far, this could be a very, very cool title that could inject some much-needed innovation into the third-person action genre. The story has an interesting hook, let's hope the gameplay matches up to it!

As a side note, was anyone else reminded of Nightmare Creatures or is it just me?

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