If you’ve seen even a bit of Ready At Dawn’s The Order: 1886, you’ll notice that there the black bars remain throughout the game, in both gameplay and cinematics. Resolution choice aside, it represents the studio’s desire to have both aspects blend in seamlessly with each other.
As creative director Ru Weerasuriya told GameTrailers (transcription via GameSpot), “We took the risk of trying to do something that was different, but the reality of it is that it is part of the game, and one of the big things we want to tackle with this game.
“That kind of seamless-ness, that constant question that you have of whether or not what you’re looking at is a cinematic or are you playing the game.”
It’ll be worth noting if this approach works or not. “We put it out there and see what people say, but for us it was important that as the next-generation was here to do something different not to just give people what they expected; not to just say, ‘Hey, here’s every game you’ve seen until now and we’re just giving you a re-hash. We wanted something new.”
The Order: 1886 is out on February 20th. What are your thoughts with the visual design thus far? Let us know in the comments.