The first PlayStation 4 exclusive, The Order: 1886, will be released on February 20 after being delayed, and for the past couple of days, the developers have been stunning gamers with beautiful screencaps direct from the game and releasing more information about it.
PlayStation 4’s The Order: 1886 has been attracting the attention of gamers since it was announced at E3 2013, but it has actually been in development by Ready at Dawn and SCE Santa Monica Studio since 2010. In short, The Order: 1886 is set in an alternate version of London, England where knights keep civilians safe from a hybrid monster, a hybrid of animal and man. A war breaks out between human and hybrid, lasting centuries. It isn’t until King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table discover Black Water, a liquid that gives them healing abilities and extends their lifespans significantly. This, coupled with the lively industrial revolution has helped the humans begin to gain the upper hand before a new threat emerges.
For those who like to pre-order their games, you’ll be happy to note that The Order: 1886 comes with three separate editions to choose from. First is the standard edition of the game that comes with a DLC pack titled “The Knight’s Arsenal.” The collectors edition includes the game, “The Knight’s Arsenal” DLC, a collectible steel book case, behind-the-scenes footage, an official game soundtrack, “Coat of Arms” stickers and a 7-inch statue of “Galahad Under Fire.” The premium edition of the game includes everything that comes with the collectors edition, aside from the statue. Instead, it comes with a 13-inch statue of “Galahad Vs. Lycan”. Other extras include an art book and a Black Water vial on a chain.
The creators of The Order: 1886 not only have high hopes for the game with such an in depth storyline, but it was important for the game to look great on the PlayStation 4 console too. In an interview with GameTrailers, creative director Ru Weerasuriya discussed how important the visuals, interaction and immersion of the player is for the game.
“Yes, at some points we do take control away from you just like other games do for cinematics. We give it back to you when you don’t expect it sometimes. There might be a moment, just a single moment in a cinematic where you have something to do.”
Weerasuriya went on to add that the level of interaction a player has during a cinematic may even be only a button press, but it means they are still immersed in what is going on.
“Your attention, your immersion is still there and without it this experience wouldn’t be what it is.” he said.
The Order: 1886 will be presented on the PlayStation 4 at 30fps and the in-game screenshots that hit the web earlier are still pleasantly stunning fans that have faithfully tracked the game’s progress. Despite the delay, which the developers say came about due to the need to give more time into the project, it looks like The Order: 1886 may be the best looking game of the year.
Gamers can pick up PlayStation 4’s The Order: 1886 in store on February 20 or pre-order the game online now.
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