This question has been bothering me ever since the game was announced.
I simply can't decide if my anticipation for The Order: 1886 should be sky-high, or if I should remain reserved and perhaps even skeptical. This isn't a straightforward case.
Firstly, the developer: Ready at Dawn has proven themselves to be a very competent developer, delivering multiple God of War titles for the PSP and the PS3. They also handled the Wii port of the stellar Okami . It's not like this studio is filled with wide-eyed rookies, so why should we be even remotely skeptical? Well, perhaps because in the realm of big-budget blockbuster AAA titles, this team is not a proven commodity. The Order: 1886 is a very different project to tackle, despite the awesomeness of some of those GoW titles for the PSP. They were fantastic.
Secondly, the details we've heard so far are really encouraging…perhaps too encouraging. It seems as if the studio's ambition level for this project is through the roof. On the one hand, that's great; I love great ambition of all kinds, and gamers are the ones who typically benefit from such effort. But when you stretch yourself thin, when you tackle too many large concepts, the entire presentation begins to suffer. We've seen examples of this in the past, and it almost seems as if The Order is trying too hard in too many areas. Will we really get a compelling narrative, great characters, memorable setting, and a unique gameplay mechanic that successfully melds third-person shooting and innovative melee combat?
To that, I can only say, "maybe."
Thirdly and lastly, we're talking about a new IP. That, in and of itself, is always risky. They're absolutely necessary for the sake of freshness in this industry, but there's a reason why they're risky; they, much like the developers in this case, are not proven. Nailing a debut IP is tough to do, especially during the first year of a new console's reign. New hardware, new challenges and all that. Anyway, I'm just wondering where, on a scale of 1-10, our anticipation level should be for this promising game. I'm gonna be conservative and sit around a 6.
Related Game(s): The Order: 1886