There’s little denying that 2013 was a marvellous year for videogames, a well deserved swan song for the sternly loyal long lived last generation of consoles – Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. 2013 was arguably one of gamings best years in recent memory. But who cares, old game is old – right? The moment Playstation 4 and Xbox One were released last year gamings most dedicated communities suddenly cast their expectant gaze forward. So then, to celebrate the beginning of 2014, and a hopefully yet another fantastic year for gaming we’ve decided to count down a top ten list of our most anticipated titles slated for release this year, next up is number six The Order 1886.
The Order 1886 is a game that’s surrounded by as much mystery and intrigue as the enigmatic order it’s supernatural hunting protagonists belong to. The upcoming PlayStation 4 exclusive represents Sony owned developer Ready at Dawn’s first foray into AAA console development; their first project since their two critically successful PSP iterations of Sony Santa Monica’s God of War series. Their portable Greek epics were surprisingly consistent with the numbered series high quality, proving the studios ability to produce compelling entertaining experiences comfortably set in the worlds of existing franchises. Yet, that’s not how most create their best work. If working on an established beloved series is an honour, then devising and building your own is a creative dream which opens up the possibility for a team of incredibly skilled individuals to work on an IP they have a large emotional investment in; that’s what makes The Order 1886 so exciting.
Mysteries are generally compelling to watch unfold, maybe that’s where much of our anticipation for The Order 1886 comes from, the truth is that the small amount of knowledge we’ve garnered from a single E3 trailer, and a few tight lipped interviews reveals very little about the title. Plot details the general community have been privy to have been few and far between. The E3 trailer showed off the title’s alternate reality Victorian London setting, in this timeline the rise of half breed beast men gave birth to a centuries long conflict between them and humanity – a battle the humans were losing. That was until the industrial revolution which saw the physically weaker humans take the upper hand, utilizing their miraculous technological advancements they’ve all but declared Marshall law. On top of the shadowy supernatural elements new conflicts have began to emerge thanks to the newly formed rich poor divide which sees the less fortunate rebel against the noble classes.
Players will witness this period in the centuries long struggle as a squad of four knights all of whom are members of an organization descended from the original knights of the round table. Together the team will engage in battle against the monstrous beast men forces using a host of weaponry and equipment technological well beyond the era events are set in. Developer Ready at Dawn are extremely keen to point out they don’t consider the setting steam punk – even though it sort of is. From what we’ve been told we can determine the four heroes will control much like a standard squad based third person shooter, and unfortunately not much else is known about actual gameplay. If the developers are to be believed though the trailer is representative of in game visuals – which is mind blowing if true.
In terms of pure intrigue no other game on our list comes close to The Order 1886. It’s scheduled release of Fall 2014 isn’t all too far away considering the short snippets we’ve seen. Hopefully that means we’ve plenty to look forward to seeing at trade shows like E3 through the remainder of the year. The Order 1886 is Ready at Dawn’s first chance to show off their own vision rather than creating their own stories in spin off’s to other developers coveted franchise. Everything that’s been shown looks like Ready at Dawn could just be the next AAA developer as The Order 1886 looks to be an incredibly unique and entertaining ride.