There's no denying that the exclusive games set to come to the PlayStation 4 are an important reason the PS4 is currently leading the Xbox One in sales, with Sony also boasting the extra, PlayStation-only content for the likes of Watch Dogs and Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag. It's a battle of exclusives for two consoles that otherwise have similar offerings, and today came some bad news for one game set to be a relatively shiny and reflective jewel in the PS4’s crown: The Order: 1886, announced alongside the console itself.
The third person shooter set in 19th century London had players looking forward to uncovering the mysteries of its mutated humans versus superhuman nobles plot, as well as exploring its Dishonored-esque world. However, it has now been announced that the game will join an (unfortunately) growing line of titles — including The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and The Division — that have been delayed past their initial release dates.
What may soften the blow is that Ready At Dawn’s upcoming PS4-exclusive is only being delayed until next year, meaning that the early months of 2015 will likely see The Order put on store shelves. Not only that, but while the reason cited for the game’s delay — its quality — may be an excuse that we’ve heard before, it’s something many are willing to take a chance on. More development time, the better the game. Usually. And going by the recently revealed gameplay footage, the game is looking just fine.
Ready at Dawn chief Ru Weerasuriya had this to say on the reason behind the delay,
"We want to hold true to something we've talked about in the past, which is delivering the experience without having this ebb and flow of: oh, this was really great and that was kind of meh, because we sacrificed a little time on it."
Weerasuriya also explains that they “can achieve the quality [we] expect everywhere” if gamers follow Sony’s patience and give them “a few more months”. That “few” sounds awfully promising.
The ‘everywhere’ in question could be an especially large bit of game it seems, as there are 125 people working at Ready At Dawn on the game and, being based in California, The Order: 1886 even utilizes the Sony Computer Entertainment San Diego motion capture facility which is local to the studio. Weerasuriya added that,
“The project is always bigger than what everybody expects. That's what this is. It is bigger than what everybody expected. Everything we've shot, everything we've done, is quite a bit larger than what we had planned for. But we're not going to sacrifice just because of time. Quality has to come first.”
The Order: 1886 is set to be built upon cover shooting, ‘seamless’ transitions between cutscenes and combat, and the developers already boasting that its cinematically-inspired visuals are something genuinely new for consoles. so while the wait for Ready At Dawn’s title might be a longer one than we expected, it certainly sounds as though it will be worth it. For players looking for that co-op experience, the delay is not adding multiplayer.