Building a new London for The Order: 1886 on PS4


When creating our alternate history in The Order: 1886, our goal was to make the environment as believable as possible while at the same time adding our own twist to real places. With the release of our trailer back at E3, we hinted at our vision of an alternate London.


This Neo-Victorian London will seem familiar to everyone, however, advances in technology will take centre stage in many ways as you navigate the city. One of the main examples is the advent of electricity throughout the city, well before its time. Gas lamps are replaced by electric street lights. Everywhere you go, you can hear the hum of electricity running through the city.

The London subway system is present in our version of the world, but it is much more advanced than it was in real life. Certain sections of the subway system run above ground in between buildings throughout the city. Electric signs line the streets making some areas of London almost look like Time Square.


The other big change you will witness is in the skyline of London. Although the familiar sights of Big Ben, St. Paul’s and the Tower Bridge are present, the skyline is broken up by watch towers. Their searchlights are consistently scanning the city and the skies. The other change in the skyline is the presence of airship mooring towers. In The Order: 1886, London is patrolled day and night by a squadron of dirigibles called the Sentinels. All of these are a constant reminder that the world is not as it seems.


These changes are the result of our Industrial Revolution, mankind’s chance to take the upper hand in a centuries-old war. Mankind now has access to advanced weapons, one of which you saw in the trailer – a rifle that can fire electricity.

Communicators give you the ability to converse with the rest of your squad. A thermite gun allows you to shoot a cloud of inflammable thermite that can be ignited by a flame or by shooting a flare into it. In contrast to these advanced weapons, you will still be able to use more traditional black powder guns. These give a sense of realism and believability to the world and make the atmosphere feel dirty and palpable, reminiscent of the way we are used to viewing the real post-Industrial Revolution Europe.


The team will be sharing more information about the game in the months to come. For now we wanted to share with everyone a PSN static theme inspired by The Order: 1886 which is available today, 21st August.


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TitManSoldier 21 August, 2013 @ 18:08

Looks incredible! I can’t wait for more information up until release this looks so interesting. Amazing great work RAD :)

I am DYING to see this game in Action :P


Nice theme. Will be downloading it and see what it’s like on my PS3. I want more news about this game. :( Trailers, gameplay, everything! Will we be getting any of those anytime soon or have quite some time to wait?

This game looks awesome :)

i love the art style looks great.

but what type of game is it, squad based shooter? 3rd person? 1st person?

hope its not first person or im out but if its not then im well into this

I cannot wait for this game to come out!!!

Congrats Ready At Dawn, it sounds and looks amazing, definitely one of the few PS4 titles I’m excited for, definitely going to be keeping an eye on this one!

why is the aspect ratio so off? i don’t like black bars in my games.

was it just for the screenshots?

looks really good asides from that though

I hope this can be played and will be a story driven single player game because I would love to explore in this alternative world.

I can’t find the theme on the ps store.. where is it?

I can’t find the theme on the ps store… where is it?

Must Have

Can’t Wait (;

Instant buy.

The subway, you mean the tube?

Would be interested in this as long as it’s a single player or co-op and hopefully no forced multi-player.


Awesome artwork. Can usually tell by the artwork that a game is gonna have a great atmosphere.

residentSteve 24 August, 2013 @ 11:34

I wondered what you guys have been working on glad you are doing something different, god of war needs a rest, I can’t wait to see more of this game.

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