The Order: 1886 is a target for “haterade”

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Tomorrow, when the embargo is lifted, we’ll finally get to see what critics think of Ready at Dawn’s beautiful – but possibly dull – The Order: 1886. Right now though, there’s little more than Fear, uncertainty and doubt – and it’s becoming the game that people not entrenched in SonyLand love to hate. It’s something Ready at Dawn is calling a “bandwagon of negativity”.

According to The Order: 1886 game director Dana Jan, things about the game have been blown out of proportion, most notably the game’s 5 hour-running time not being reported as a speed run.

“We have this uncanny ‘haterade’ for our game no matter what,” Jan said, speaking to told Develop.

“People are looking for something to throw at our game, some reason to hate it. I’m excited to hear what people who have actually played the game think about it, how do they feel about the quality and the quantity? I think by and large that most people are going to be satisfied.”

The internet exists as a way of providing negative feedback, he asserts – and it’s very rare that people ever post happy, positive things online. People are also far more willing to jump on hate-filled, negative bandwagons.

“It’s more just shocking that for a game that isn’t out yet, for a franchise that is brand new, the amount of negativity is just…” he said. “I just feel like these days it’s so easy to be negative and I think the internet is the new playground for bullies. Who goes out of their way to really go and say something positive, right?

“If you go out to a restaurant and you have a good time, do you go online immediately to post something? But if you have a bad experience, you’ll jump on because you want to warn people about it right? It takes a lot more effort to say something nice than to say something negative, and I think people are excited to jump on some bandwagon of negativity.

“I don’t think people need to go out there and be unbiased supporters of our stuff or anything either. I want them to make up their own minds about the game period. It just seems like the pendulum swings the other way so frequently. I mean, we’ll see, right?”

We’ll see indeed. The Order: 1886 is out on Friday, and is exclusive to the PlayStation 4.

Last Updated: February 18, 2015

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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