With E3 on the horizon, Sony were looking a little light in their showcasing. Now comes the sad news that The Order: 1886, a PS4 exclusive, will be delayed until early 2015, rather than the original ‘to be determined’ Christmas date.
Both developer Ready at Dawn and publisher Sony have agreed that the studio needs more time. The issue is down to quality. Despite various excerpts of footage that effectively show off The Order’s visual prowess, Ready at Dawn feel they need more time to raise the quality of other aspects of the game to match the visual integrity they have managed to achieve so far. Ready at Dawn chief Ru Weerasuriya had this to say;
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.”
It appears Sony are also in support of the decision and aren’t too concerned with a lack of upcoming triple A titles, a problem that originally haunted Sony when they released the PS3.
“We have an open discussion with Sony all the time,” Weerasuriya explains. “We said, ‘Look, we can achieve the quality you expect everywhere, but delivering on this is going to take a few more months.
A recent livestream broadcast from Sony, via Twitch, demonstrated the games gunplay and cover mechanics. Whilst serviceable, many viewers weren’t enthralled. There was little to differentiate The Order from any other third person cover shooter. In fact, Eurogamer managed to get hands on with the exact same segment that was showcased on Twitch and their feelings mirrored the watching audience. Although Eurogamer were impressed with the stunning visuals, the gunplay left them feeling ‘cold.’ They felt the weaponry lacked power and that the shootouts weren’t intense enough.
This initial response might be why Ready At Dawn have chosen to delay the game. The PS4 triple A exclusives have been a little hit and miss. A majority have been visually stunning but lacked any real substance, with the exception of Infamous: Second Son which has both quality and visuals to match. Sony will want to reward their 7 million (and rising) PS4 owners by delivering nothing but high quality exclusives that define the console itself.
Even though The Order: 1886 has been delayed I expect to see an appearance at E3 that intends to excites fans even further and help restore a little faith in this upcoming title.
Stay tuned to Twinstickgaming for any further developments on E3 throughout the coming weeks.