This is one of those rare times when I honestly believe gamers are at a loss.
Sure, you've got your faithful, excited contingent that believes The Order: 1886 will be a proper first-party PlayStation masterpiece. Then you've got your confirmed skeptics, who were the first to jump on the "it's just a generic TPS" bandwagon (if they'd only just admit it).
But above all else, I think there are gamers who really don't have any idea what to expect. They have hopes, of course, but the result is a total crapshoot. I'm in this group as well: While I have confidence in just about any new PlayStation exclusive that comes down the pike, it's hard to be overly confident for The Order . Ready at Dawn made some fine PSP titles but they're not exactly proven in the realm of big-budget console productions. Furthermore, while I've heard a lot of what the developers are promising for the game, I haven't seen much of it.
This one could end up being a total flop. I have a sneaking suspicion that the environment could feel flat, the gameplay could be repetitive and unrewarding, and any new elements they attempt won't quite work, resulting in an uneven, ultimately unimpressive game. That's a worst-case scenario, though, and there's always the possibility that this is a AAA gem. I'm simply not willing to predict one way or the other and I know I'm not the only one.
Related Game(s): The Order: 1886