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The promising potential, the secrecy surrounding its sales, the eventual split – The Order: 1886 really is Heavenly Sword for a new generation. While we all come to terms with the lengths that Sony will go in order to repurpose the previous generation, though, here's some corporate double-speak from new Ready at Dawn gaffer Paul Sams regarding the alternate history affair's commercial performance: "We are very proud of that game, and we are well on our way to achieving the sales performance that we sought."

Seeing as the release dropped from virtually every sales chart around the world like a rock, this is a nice way of saying that the title was a flop. The reality is such: without a multiplayer mode or positive word of mouth, the game's likely shifted the bulk of its copies already, and short of a PlayStation Plus giveaway or a PlayStation Store fire sale, we can't see it moving any closer to its targets any time soon. Of course, we're speaking with a level authority that assumes that we know more about the situation – these executives are so transparent, though.

The good news for Ready at Dawn is that it has some badass technology, a new boss, and a couple of fresh properties in production. "We have two original IPs currently under development that we own," added Sams. "However, we are not at a point in the development process that we can discuss them." Presumably, they amount to a handful of pencil drawings on the back of a Starbucks napkin, then. Oh right, we were supposed to have stopped cutting through the corporate crud in the previous paragraph. Sorry.