Ready At Dawn Studios’ The Order: 1886 has received a less than stellar critical reception on release, though it seems to be doing well sales-wise. However, amidst all the criticism is the ending which teases a sequel. According to trusted industry insider “shinobi602”, a sequel is possibly on the cards and will focus more on the gameplay systems established.
Speaking on NeoGAF, he talked about Ready At Dawn’s studio status and how development proceeded on The Order: 1886. “They’re about 120-130 employees there. Not exactly small, but not huge either. From the conversations I’ve had, they spent a huge amount of time perfecting the engine for this initial instalment. Time constraints came into play, goals slashed, but that’s not really uncommon in development.
“However, what has me most excited is that the main focus in a possible sequel are the gameplay systems. That’s what was stated to me. The engine is in place and they’re free to put all their efforts into gameplay design. And they want to do this, it isn’t a result of any backlash over The Order’s design, they as a team want that. By no means do they think the game’s perfect as it is.”
Of course, he later clarified that this does not mean that Sony has greenlit the sequel yet, although Ready At Dawn does want to do one according to shinobi602’s comments above. But whenever it happens the wait won’t be too long. “I wasn’t saying that a sequel’s already greenlit, but I can tell you it certainly won’t take 3 years.”
You should take this all with a grain of salt as usual but it’s intriguing to think about what the original vision for The Order: 1886 may have been. What are your thoughts on the matter? Let us know in the comments.