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.