In a move that surprises no one, the ESRB has rated The Order: 1886 M for Mature. I assumed this would be the case thanks to all the blood and gore, plus the strong language. However, I wasn’t expecting nudity or sexual content to play a role.
According to the ESRB rating,
This is a third-person shooter in which players assume the role of a soldier in the Victorian era London. As players progress through the storyline to unfold a mystery, they use pistols, rifles, grenades, and fantastical weapons (e.g., electric arc gun) to kill human enemies and Lycan (i.e., werewolf creatures). Players can also employ stealth attacks (e.g., slitting throats) to dispatch enemies. Firefights are accompanied by realistic gunfire, explosions, and splashes of red blood. Some explosives cause dismemberment; mutilated bodies, with exposed viscera, are also depicted. Cutscenes also depict intense acts of violence: a character stabbed repeatedly in the chest and throat; a character shot in the head at close range; a man chained to a tub and repeatedly dunked and punched by guards. During the course of the game, players can visit a brothel that depicts prostitutes with exposed breasts. One brothel sequence depicts a topless woman gyrating on top of a man—the sex act is partially obscured. There is also a fleeting depiction of male genitalia in the game. The words “f**k” and “sh*t” can be heard in the dialogue.
Okay, so topless women might be expected, but it’s rare that games (or films or any media) dare to show fleeting images of male genitalia. Well done Ready At Dawn – it’s nice to see some equal opportunity nudity in the game instead of all those perfectly placed sheets and other items to cover up the anatomy.
Fleeting genitalia isn’t the only thing revealed about The Order. An interview with Creative Director Ru Weerasuriya dropped some choice morsels of information. Here’s a select few of them, verbatim from the source. Don’t blame us for the typos.
- There’s no difference between high resolution and low resolution assets. Everything is as detailed as possible all the time.
- Ready at Dawn wanted to revolutionize the physics for cloth and everything moving in the wind for the current generation.
- The Airship Agamemnon actually belongs to the United India Company.
- Sceneries are very expansive, and couldn’t be done on previous genration hardware.
- A lot of study and research was made on airships and on how they were built in order to create the Agamemnon.
- There are “plenty” different stealth finishing moves, and the ones you actually use depends on how well you approach the enemy.
- All enemies can be killed with a single melee attack from stealth.
- Ready at Dawn wanted the world to feel as real as possible.
- The TS-27 Inverter/rectifier by Tesla allows you to access certain areas and force certain doors.
- While many of the weapons are fictional, their components are based on extensive research on what existed at the time.
- The shotgun can dismember people. They can lose legs, arms and heads.
- When using the blacksight, you need to make sure you have enough ammo for your handgun, because you can’t use it with other weapons.
- The year 1886 is very important in the wider storyline of the IP. The story spans hundreds of years before, but in 1886 something happens that is very relevant, and that’s what The Order: 1886 is about.
- There are “half a dozen to a dozen handguns,” rifles, automatic handguns, the combo gun, the arc rifle, the thermite rifle and more. There are so many weapons that Weerasuriya actually never counted them.
- Melee weapons are more limited, there’s the blade and hand too hand combat (fists and such).
- The knights are not physically enhanced. They’re very agile and very good at what they do because they have been doing it for hundreds of years. They’re not superhuman besides the fact that they live longer.
- There are collectibles in the game, certain things you can pick up that will give you a “better idea of the world and a little insight into what is happening.” You can also actually pick up newspapers and read whole articles.
- There are no player-driven vehicles in the game.
I’m loving all this news. My excitement for the game is officially re-kindled – it looked so great at first, it was hard to recover from my disappointment with that awful E3/rAge demo. But the idea of various stealth finishers depending on how well you approach your target? That’s just genius.
Of course, a true fan will need the appropriate PS4 theme. You can actually unlock one for free over here – though it seems to be restricted to those in North America. I’m just keeping that tab open forever because I love the cello music.
Last Updated: February 3, 2015