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PS4 Exclusive The Order: 1886 May Be Bigger Than One Game

Posted by Sammy Barker

See you in 1887

Second-party studio Ready at Dawn has delved frighteningly deep with The Order: 1886’s narrative. Not only does its PlayStation 4 exclusive’s tale stretch back thousands of years, but it also attempts to fuse real history with fiction. As such, it’s not exactly surprising to learn that the outfit has several sequels in mind – and according to creative director Ru Weerasuriya, it would relish the opportunity to tell them in the future.

“We’ve built this franchise to be much bigger than just one game,” he said as part of a broader interview with GamesTM magazine. “There are stories that have been told in the game, but there are stories that haven’t, and stories about what happens after the events of this game. Absolutely, though, I would love to get the chance to tell more stories with sequels and other things that we can do with the intellectual property.”

For those out of the loop, the next-gen title depicts the ongoing war between a group of Arthurian knights and a mysterious race known as half-breeds. The plot will go much deeper than that, though, as the peasants of the escapade’s London setting rebel against its protectors, creating something of a civil war on top of the core conflict. And this is all taking place during the industrial revolution, bringing about rapid technological advancements.

It’s the kind of premise that has this editor’s excitement levels simmering like a hot broth, but whether the inaugural series entry will actually deploy this year remains in question. The developer has committed to a 2014 release, but the sole gameplay reveal thus far looked rough, and many have cast doubt on the historical affair’s chances of deploying before Christmas. We’re donning our Victorian gloves and crossing our fingers for good news.

[via gamestm.co.uk, examiner.com]

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User Comments (16)

Scollurio

#1

Scollurio said:

Just wish it was 4-player squad based coop like that first reveal-trailer led many of us to believe! Otherwise im very interested in this, it does have to have a good story though to keep me hooked!

N711

#2

N711 said:

@Scollurio Yea a story driven game with amazing graphics that has me just like the Last of Us that I couldnt stop playing. I think people expect too much from the gameplay as if it had to be blowing your mind with some 'next gen' magic.

:) just my thoughts

get2sammybAdmin

#3

get2sammyb said:

@N711 I agree with that sentiment, too. While it's always nice when something fresh comes around, it's the visuals, setting, and story that sets this apart.

ToOGoodOfAPlaya

#4

ToOGoodOfAPlaya said:

@get2sammyb for me its all about story.
Sure, the core gameplay and controls need to be tight, but telling a great story is at the top for me. Think Mass Effect, The Last of Us and Assassins Creed.

Dohv

#5

Dohv said:

This is my most anticipated game of 2014, it looks amazing. But hopefully they don't turn it into a Assassins Creeds yearly release thing. This game has so much potential, and visually its the best looking game I've ever seen.

rastamadeus

#6

rastamadeus said:

One of the (few) current gen games I'm looking forward to but why, oh why, can't people just make a game without planning a franchise these days? Hardly any of these work because they're made as a series whereas the main games that have lasted for years are because they were good enough to EARN a franchise.

JaxonH

#7

JaxonH said:

@N711

Here's my stance on that. There are two kinds of games in the world. Those that entertain through great gameplay, and those that entertain through great story. There is nothing wrong with either of them- it's all a matter of personal preference. Me, I like both. It's just a question of what kind of mood I'm in that determines what kind of game I play every day.

I'm into Final Fantasy X HD on Vita right now- sucked in to the uttermost. That's an example of a game with great story AND great gameplay. Which is a rare thing indeed. If I had to choose, I'd say I tend to lean toward gameplay focused games more than story-based games, but thankfully it's not an either-or scenario. We can enjoy both.

Diddy_kong

#8

Diddy_kong said:

Personally I am very much looking forward to this title. I don't own a PS4 yet, but when I do get around to buying one I want this game to be one of the first that I play on the system.

sinalefa

#9

sinalefa said:

@rastamadeus

You have a point there. You can hear Ubisoft talking about how big they plan Watch_Dogs to be. Then if it does not hit their sky high expectations, they will be surprised that people are not interested.

For me games that put story first are great since they grab your attention for the whole game, but if the gameplay is not satisfying then it means I won't play it anymore once the credits roll.

charlesnarles

#10

charlesnarles said:

It's kinda neat to have nonchronological sequels but to have an entire new cast each game can make it hard to care about them unless you have lots of text instead of cutscenes or whatever. AC/TES vs ME/MGS. Room for all

N711

#11

N711 said:

@JaxonH also I think important the way the story is told. InFamous SS got a fantastic gameplay but the story telling doesnt do it for me.
Ive never been into FF but always found it intriguing.
ATM Im hesitating between Spiderman and Bound by Flame while waiting for Watchdogs, I know completely different games but maybe interesting.

BornOfEvil

#12

BornOfEvil said:

It's not even out yet, but I think it deserves to bea franchise. Most other franchises are complete crap, but The Order: 1886 is looking really good.

BlueProxy

#13

BlueProxy said:

I'm liking this more and more. A good single player, deep in story, beautiful graphics, and an interesting atmosphere... count me in for day one.

Carl-G

#14

Carl-G said:

I can't wait to walk around Victorian Londaaaan :D + the stupid nitpicking that happened last time when they showed this game was just ridiculous really :-/

Bad-MuthaAdebisi

#15

Bad-MuthaAdebisi said:

I was initially wary of the game but if they're making a story worth playing through then I'll be in from day one. Do we think they might show another chunk at this years E3??

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