E3 2013: The Order 1886 Details

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

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One of the most exciting parts of the announcement of new consoles are the new IPs that come with them, and Ready At Dawn’s The Order 1886 looks like no exception. The game takes place forty years after the Industrial Revolution in Victorian Era London, though it is obvious that the history in this title is quite a bit different. Humanity has been in a fight for its survival for centuries, which resulted in a significant technological leap. Airships dot the skies, and the main characters, all Knights of an ancient order, use weapons that seem to be a cross between steampunk and science fiction including a gatling gun, firebombs, and a lightning rifle.

Even though the game takes place in an alternate history, Sony is promising some historical characters will be present through the story and will assist your quest. Considering this trailer takes place in White Chapel, and that the game is based in the 1880s, chances of bumping into Jack the Ripper seem high. The trailer hints at adapting historical characters, as one of the four Knights is named Galahad, presumably after the Knight of Arthurian legend. Another, Lafayette, perhaps alludes to Marquis de Lafayette, nicknamed the “Hero of the Two Worlds.”

Sony is also promising that The Order 1886 will have a more cinematic feeling than many of their titles. The trailer is composed of entirely in-engine footage, and by using various lighting effects and lenses, they are trying to “recreate a visual feel that would bring you closer to what you have only been able to experience in movies.” Ultimately, Ready At Dawn is trying for a seamless presentation, where gameplay and cinematics blend without any noticeable break.

If you missed the trailer during Sony’s press conference, check it out below. Hopefully Ready At Dawn will tell us more about The Order 1886 sooner rather than later.

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Brad's love for gaming began over thirty years ago on the IBM PC1, and is an avid PC and console gamer. Living in rural Vermont, Brad also enjoys target shooting and backyard astronomy, as well as spending time with his wife, four cats, and dog Wrex. He has a Bachelor's degree in Business Management from Johnson State College, and is seeking employment in the nonprofit sector.




  • Cameron Ward

    so what is the gameplay?

  • smacd

    I like the setting, steampunk is a genre I’m really starting to get interested in. The trailer didn’t have anything but a cutscene, although it did claim to be in-engine which is pretty cool.

    Takes place in Whitechapel in 1886. Initially I thought this might include Jack the Ripper, but that was in 1888. Might still play a role though. Either way, I’m interested in seeing more.