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There may be life in The Order yet

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I was one of the many who were terribly disappointed by Ready at Dawn’s The Order: 1886. While it was – at the time – one of the most visually resplendent games to be found on at gaming platform, it was just a little dull: sumptuously detailed, gorgeous to behold and an absolute chore to play.

It should have been Sony’s classier answer to Gears of War. But it wasn’t. The engine behind it though is still very impressive – as is the lore behind The Order, which was never fully realised. The first game also ended on a bit of a cliff hanger. So much potential, just sitting there doing nothing. A bit like Darryn, really.

Speaking to Gameinformer (via Destructoid), Ready at Dawn’s Ru Weerasuriya said that there’s more of the Order to come. Maybe. Here’s a snippet of what’s in store for the IP.

The best way to answer that without giving anything… how can I say this… Is there a future? Yes. That IP has a future. It’s definitely built in that IP. That future is already something that was built from the very get go, from the first day we started working on it. As you know, since you played the game and for the ones who played out there… there is a larger storyline. There is a macro story that keeps going, it’s an IP that is actually bigger than the storylines that we have created. So there are legs to this IP, definitely.

Here’s what I said of the game when I reviewed it nigh on two years ago.

“How could anyone think that Ready at Dawn, the people behind some of the best handheld games, have made such a misstep? “People obviously just don’t understand Ready at Dawn’s vision,” I’d mutter to myself, assuring nobody in particular that the game would end up being incredible. How could it not? A steampunk, neo-Victorian setting? An order of Knights fighting an ancient, supernatural darkness? My confidence was sorely misplaced, because The Order: 1886 is one of the most profoundly disappointing games I’ve played.

Great visuals alone do not a great game make – and there’s unfortunately very little in The Order: 1886 to elevate it beyond being a pretty, but shallow and insipid shooter. It commits the one sin no interactive entertainment should: it’s painfully boring.”

I did, however, express a desire to see more of this world, and to have its paper-thin characters fleshed out a bit. There’s a lot that could be done with the IP, and I hope that Ready at Dawn gets the opportunity to do something great.

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Last Updated: October 24, 2016

20 Comments

  1. Pieter Kruger

    October 24, 2016 at 09:10

    “It should have been Sony’s classier answer to Gears of War” Bhawahhahahaha ROFL…..starting off the day with a good laugh, now I’m good for the week ahead!

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    • Geoffrey Tim

      October 24, 2016 at 09:22

      Should have been. But really, really wasn’t. Finished the Gears 4 capaign this weekend. It was *fantastic*

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      • Admiral Chief

        October 24, 2016 at 09:28

        I need that game in my life. But I don’t need w10 in my life

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        • Krabby Paddy

          October 24, 2016 at 09:33

          Minimum requirement: Windows 10
          “Dammit! Another Xbox exclusive!”

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          • Admiral Chief

            October 24, 2016 at 09:48

            xD

      • Pieter Kruger

        October 24, 2016 at 10:22

        Havent touched the campaign yet, my nephew made we promise to wait till the holiday so we can couch co-op it!

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        • miaau

          October 24, 2016 at 10:24

          awesome way to spend family time, by the way. I need to find a way to that sort of thing. Hmm, my nephew is turning 3 in Jan, but still too young….

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  2. Fox1 - Retro

    October 24, 2016 at 09:14

    There might be hope for Drive Club: The Order after all 🙂

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  3. Dutch Matrix

    October 24, 2016 at 09:15

    Let’s hope they make a leap like Bioware did with Mass Effect 1 to ME 2. From good-ish game to Oh my Word what awesomeness is this???

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    • James Anderton

      October 25, 2016 at 13:21

      The game just needs more quick-time events. All of them. Everywhere.

      Should fix that puppy right up.

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      • Dutch Matrix

        October 25, 2016 at 14:37

        You are one sick puppy! Death to QTE!

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  4. Termin8r

    October 24, 2016 at 09:17

    I expressed my opinion on The Order 1886 on the SA Gamer forum and got lambasted because some people actually think it was a brilliant game. Sure it was pretty but far from being actually good.

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    • Geoffrey Tim

      October 24, 2016 at 09:22

      It was *terrible*

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      • Termin8r

        October 24, 2016 at 09:23

        Thank you! A sensible person who loves games and not just a platform.

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        • Admiral Chief

          October 24, 2016 at 09:28

          Geoff is not sensible, but he is wise 😛

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  5. Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

    October 24, 2016 at 09:26

    Oh right, this thing

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    • Ottokie

      October 24, 2016 at 09:27

      The last order for this game was in February…when it released xD

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      • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

        October 24, 2016 at 10:15

        XD

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  6. iusedtobe(a)regular

    October 24, 2016 at 12:23

    “While it was – at the time – one of the most visually resplendent games to be found”

    At the time? It still is one of the better looking games out there today. Anyway, I really enjoyed this game, its a new i.p with a huge amount of potential and isnt close to being the train wreck allot of people including this article makes it out to be.

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