The Order: 1886 is an alternate-history shooter in which the Knights of the Round Table battle to save the world from supernatural threats in the late 19th century.
The Order: 1886 sounds like a fantastic idea, plopping the preternaturally long-lived descendants of King Arthur’s Court into a steampunk Victorian-era London, where they must battle half-human, half-beast creatures who have humanity on the ropes. Making things worse, the lower classes have rebelled against the rich and the martial law they’ve imposed to keep order among the masses. The alternate-Earth setting blends old and new technology, bringing things like automatic weapons and wireless communications to the grim, grey aftermath of the Industrial Revolution.
It sounds great, yes, but it looks a little less than that based on the footage in this new trailer. The guns go boom and I love the outfits, but the actual gameplay looks like very stock, cover-based corridor shooting, interspersed with always-lovely quicktime events – and I can’t say that the dialog (“I’m making it my business to find out!”) really rocks my world either.
It is admittedly just a tiny slice of the pie, but it’s reasonable to assume that Sony would want to put its best foot (or at least a pretty good one) forward in a gameplay reveal. This isn’t bad by any stretch, but it’s not really knocking my socks off, either.
The Order: 1886 comes out later this year, exclusively for the PlayStation 4.