The Order: 1886’s Neo-Victorian London detailed
posted on 08.22.13 at 12:42 AM EDT by (@salromano)
Electricity, subways, watch towers, guns, and more.

The Order: 1886 isn’t on public display at Gamescom, but that isn’t stopping developer Ready at Dawn from sharing new details.

The game is set in Neo-Victorian London, where advanced technology is at the city’s core. Gas lamps, for example, which were historically used at the time, are replaced by electric street lights. Electricity is everywhere in the city. Ready at Dawn’s goal is to make a believable environment, but also add its own twist to real places.

The London subway system will be present in The Order, but is more advanced than its real-life counterpart. Certain sections of the train will run above ground and between buildings throughout the city. And electric signs line the street of London, making the city look somewhat like Times Square.

The skyline of Neo-Victorian London will have familiar sights like Big Ben, St. Paul’s, and the Tower Bridge, but it is also broken up by watch towers. Searchlights are constantly scanning the city, and there are airship mooring towers, too. London is patrolled day and night by a squadron of dirigibles known as the Sentinels.

“All of these are a constant reminder that the world is not as it seems,” Ready at Dawn CEO and creative director Ru Weerasuriya said.

The changes seen in this new London come as a result of the Industrial Revolution, or mankind’s chance to take the upper hand in a centuries-old war.

Mankind now has access to advanced weapons and technology. Communicators will allow you to converse with your squad. There is a rifle that can fire electricity, and a Thermite gun that shoots a cloud of inflammable thermite that can be ignited by a flame or flare. Traditional powder guns also exist, which Ready at Dawn says add a sense of realism to the world and make the atmosphere feel “dirty and palpable.”

The Order: 1886 is due out for PlayStation 4 in 2014. If you missed the new artworks we posted Tuesday, find them again at the gallery.

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  • Rudy Soto

    How the hell did I miss this? This looks incredibly awesome.

    • AnimusVox

      Yeah it’s another PS4 title I’m very interested in.

    • Willgaea

      Did you miss E3?

  • Leon Keyv

    The neo victorian London environment is just soo awesome.

    oh man how i wished i could have experienced it with Oculus rift…

    • VaultBreaker

      I don’t really see how it will work with TPS.

  • VaultBreaker

    If only this isn’t linear,well I just wish the plot would be great.

    • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

      Linear= good plots

      • VaultBreaker

        Watch your words there,I could mention an awful lot disappointing linear tps games.I don’t hate linearity or anything,but sometimes open world would really help,if you play remember me you will find the need for open world aspect.And because there is lack of gameplay details beside this is shooters,it doesnt really convince me.Although I must say Uncharted is fantastic.What intrigue me with The Order 1886 is the atmosphere and tone.Wellalso the potential of great story.

        • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

          I was speaking of Story linearity

    • Bryce Blalex Douglas

      While to each their own opinions, don’t dismiss a game because it’s linear. Linearity can be a good thing for a game. Not every game is supposed to be open world or have “branching storylines.” Sometimes the story the devs want to tell is the best one. This could be that case.

  • Zackasaur

    I am totally pre-ordering this.

  • LastBoss

    I have V for Vendetta/Sherlock Holmes/Dishonored in my head, without the fps aspect.

  • Solomon_Kano

    This sounds so awesome.

    • LastBoss

      Yeah, this shot up there ridiculously, with those dark and heavy, atmospheric shots.

      • Solomon_Kano

        Yea, RaD is a talented bunch so I was already hype, but the atmosphere is really, really selling this for me.

  • Warboss Aohd

    this a fantasy/steampunk version of X-Com?

  • Bryce Blalex Douglas

    Damn you devs for making great looking shooters. The only shooter I’ve ever played was CoD and that burned me out on them. However, this, the Division and Destiny look to bring me back into the genre. Ahhh 2014 will be too much for my gaming life.

  • Elvick

    This is the most exciting game for PS4 so far. Well, inFamous… but it’s hard to compare the two when we’ve seen no gameplay of this one yet. I suspect it’ll be great though.

  • SuperLuigi

    This is the huge game next year for ps4 owners. It looks so cool and it can feel completely different.

  • captainhowdy

    This looks alright. I hope the story isn’t cheesy.

  • Pyrofrost

    Of all the launch titles for the PS4, this is the only one that piqued my interest

    • UmIsThisThingOn

      It’s not a launch title.