Details about PlayStation 4 exclusive The Order: 1886 have been pretty hard to come by since the game's trailer was debuted at E3 back in June.
However, new information about the title over the last couple of days have given us a little more to sink our teeth into.
The game will, in effect, be a third person shooter. The game's alternate chronology has apparently allowed developers Ready at Dawn to play around with anachronisms; playing with weaponry and technology beyond the title's Victorian setting. You play a renowned knight named Galahad, the third of that name, whose long life has begun to make him cynical and weary.
In terms of story, the title seems to be aiming for a blend of horror, history and Arthurian legend. The narrative tells of how – back in the 7th and 8th century – humanity splintered into two sub groups, with one becoming bestial “half breeds” aggressive to the “normal” human population. The Order: 1886's alternate version of the Knights of the Round Table (“The Order” of the game's title) were founded, according to the storyline, in order to defend humanity from this outside group. By the game's 19th Century setting, humanity is winning its war and the half-breeds are weak, barely surviving,
At some point in prior history, the knights discovered “black water”, an elixir that gives its user abnormally long lives and an inhuman ability to recover from injury and weakness. A side effect of this is that the knights age extremely slowly, able to carry on their fight for centuries. We can presume the game will make something of the traditional double-edged sword of immortality as both a blessing and a curse, which could add a nice twist to the storyline.
Ready at Dawn have also boasted of the game's impressive physics and dynamic “soft” objects; meaning, in effect, that people and things react authentically to external forces. This means that "bending and morphing a metal beam in reaction to a powerful magnetic force, or making boards of a ramshackle wall buckle before splintering when pressure is applied".
You can watch the game's rather beautiful trailer below:
What do you think about the new details for The Order: 1886? Is this on your must-buy list for next-gen?