How The Order: 1886 Brings Its Werewolves to Life

Ready At Dawn talks about one of the game’s most dangerous enemies.

During its E3 2014 presentation, Sony showed off the spookier side of their upcoming exclusive third-person shooter, The Order: 1886. The quick demo set in the bottom of a hospital below Whitechapel showed protagonist Galahad being hunted by a werewolf, or lycan. In a recent post to the PlayStation Blog, developer Ready At Dawn Studios explained how it created one of the game’s most fearsome enemies.

“We knew that one of the pillars of the game is that we not just have lycans, but the ability to transforms a human into a lycan or vice versa,” Technology Director Garrett Foster said. “We wanted no cheats. We wanted continuous, no cut shots of this happening, and what that means is actually transforming the anatomy.”

Nathan Phail-Liff, the game’s Art Director, said that the team “tried to capture the right balance of the human-lupine anatomy and that level of imperfection that makes it not feel like this kind of action-y comic book creature, and much more like a creature that could have existed that we just haven’t seen yet.”

“I think to me the most terrifying thing is that we try to basically always have some degree of a performance in them that carries a level of intelligence,” Game Director Dana Jan said. “They are smart. That to me is the scariest thing about them.“

For more on how Ready At Dawn created its werewolves, check out the video above, or GameSpot Editor Maxwell McGee’s extended look at the scene shown off at Sony’s E3 2014 presentation.

The Order: 1886 launches exclusively on PlayStation 4 on February 20, 2015.

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96 comments
wgerardi
wgerardi

Psyched for this game. Story and tone are usually all that I really care about with games and this looks to be doing both awesomely.

megakick
megakick

The game has like no objects on screen, dark atmosphere and still can't do 1080p at 60fps, sad...

meatz666
meatz666

Can anyone take these guys seriously after the "cinematic" feel argument?

advocacy
advocacy

Isn't the term "Lycan" copyrighted by the Underworld movies?

advocacy
advocacy

So, has anybody round here watched the season finale of Penny Dreadful? Pretty awesome, eh? (This has a direct connection to the title of the article and the timeline of this game.)

raddys2001
raddys2001

A resident evil style game with werewolves damn I cant wait

sonyonly4
sonyonly4

If Only this game dropped halloween.......Boring year for gaming.

Talavaj
Talavaj

Such a great setting that will probably be ruined by "cinematic feel", extreme linearity and little to no gameplay like TLOU ended up being.

TashunkoSapa
TashunkoSapa

A 5-min video about werewolves.

Mind-blowing concept. So much innovation.

phbz
phbz

I'm betting PS4 is going to have its Ryse moment with this one. But... PS exclusives are not known for being bad, on the other hand we already had Knack and that was really not good at all. 

Navardo95
Navardo95

Am I the only one that thinks this game looks TERRIBLY bland??? 

Graphics engine is quite slick and sexy but there is a drastic lack of color palette and gameplay looks terribly outdated,bland and painfully boring..

Really a shame because it seems like this game might have an excellent storyline..

gamefreak215jd
gamefreak215jd

This game and Bloodborne...a good reason to buy a PS4.

Bond_Villain
Bond_Villain

So ... whilst the transformation is happening can I simply shoot the creature, or do I have to wait for the cutscene to end?

sakaixx
sakaixx

I trust sony devs, they make awesome single player experiences.

CaveManCobb
CaveManCobb

I am so bored of cynical gamers. Boooooorrrrred.

stage4saiyan
stage4saiyan

Such a cool premise ruined with bland, unimaginative gameplay.

DanZillaUK
DanZillaUK

So long as it doesn't fall prey to a lackluster plot, this is shaping up very nicely so far.

Trickymaster
Trickymaster

Still not convinced by the idea of this game. Apparently it's supposed to show the best of PS4. By running at 30 fps, plenty of cutscenes and sub 1080p? Nah.

ctlaltbatman
ctlaltbatman

Hopefully gameplay will not be sacrificed for visuals...

DEATH775
DEATH775

If they can make them fast like the aliens in Dead Space then I would have to say its going to be a tough fight. 

Syphen_bast
Syphen_bast

Loved the concept and the thought work behind it, very interesting, i'm quite interested in seeing more on this.

Kudos to the creators, gj.

runningman5ksmak
runningman5ksmak

next year is going  to be an amazing year for gaming, the order looks awesome with fantastic graphics and will probably have an awesome story

SNESNOSTALGIA2
SNESNOSTALGIA2

This game looks amazing regardless of the delay and any criticisms I've heard. I just love the atmosphere and theme of it. Right up my alley. So I hope this turns out well and is a good substance game with an interesting story. No bs cliche story please..make it exciting and watchable. I wanted to skip every Infamous cutscene and it would even let me lol.

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

What I am shocked is them trying to pass that thing as a werewolf. It would have been better just to base it off reality and said it some nut job thinking he's a wolf which is actually called Lycanthropy.

jackzor123
jackzor123

Be interested if they showed us more than 30 seconds of gameplay, 15 of which being a quick time event.

demonkingx5
demonkingx5

"How The Order: 1886 Brings Its Werewolves to Life"

with  30FPS gameplay Lol cause real life is in 30 FPS 

xophaser
xophaser

Lycan is made up terminology from the movie series Underworld.  Wonder if this is Underworld side story, also distributed by Screen Gems, Inc. a sony movie studio.

pnova
pnova

No Man's Sky and the Order 1886 were the best games of E3 to me. That werewolf scene was intense. Sony actually had a great E3 and that white Destiny bundle is a killer. It makes me want to buy another PS4.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

Sony's games have always been too much cut scene for my liking. The Last of Us for example felt like the gameplay was just filler in between the key points that happen in each cut scene. Like they couldn't figure out how to translate the story into actual gameplay so they just made cinematics instead. It isn't my idea of a game personally. 

On saying that this game looks pretty good I just hope there aren't too many of those stupid hit "triangle" to watch your character sit up moments as we saw in this gameplay at E3.

Like why not have the character walk down that corridor. See the lycan, watch it transform IN GAME and then have the three second backwards run and then use a bit of a cut scene. They just use too much cut scene where control is removed from the player.

£45 for a movie is too much money.

Senior_Rosa
Senior_Rosa

@advocacy That would be sad actually. Lycan comes from Lycanthrope - those who suffer from Lycanthropy. It has been part of the folklore for many years actually so if they managed to copyright it (i don't know how or why), that would be very very sad.

raddys2001
raddys2001

@sonyonly4


Its not that bad unless your into Dragon Age or Sunset overdrive or Far cry 4 and Bayonetta 2.  Just that the better games are coming out next year.  At least it was better then last year when the new systems came out and all we had was the usual suspects of COD and Assassin't creed.  

streamline
streamline

Hope we don't have to wait. I want to get around behind him and kick him in the nuts in the middle of his transformation. Then shoot him in the back of the head.

eternal_napalm
eternal_napalm

I'm happy the characters have...character...and aren't meatheads.

Sun-Tzu-GE
Sun-Tzu-GE

@jackzor123 You should pay more attention to gaming news because they've already showed other gameplay footage before E3.Search for it on youtube.

Sun-Tzu-GE
Sun-Tzu-GE

@demonkingx5 I so hope you're not an xbox fan.Because if you are,your comment would be so ironic.

kanecalypso
kanecalypso

@xophaser What are you talking about? Lycan/lycanthrope/lycanthropy didn't originate from underworld terminology. It's an ages old mythological folklore term for werewolves.

Devils-DIVISION
Devils-DIVISION

I preordered the white PS4 Destiny bunduru. Gonna give the black one to my sis, as she wanted a PS4 for Dragon Age: Inquisition. Looks lovely in white!

rasterror
rasterror

@pnova No Man's Sky was amazing and That Werewolf scene was good. But all in all their E3 showing was pretty bland, especially compared to Nintendo's Microsoft's, and Ubisoft's presentations. 

runningman5ksmak
runningman5ksmak

@Dannystaples14 the order will have plenty of gamep lay . it will have a great story  and the cut scenes look just as fantastic as the game play cant wait for this next year

Sun-Tzu-GE
Sun-Tzu-GE

@Dannystaples14 And actually,I would say that £45 for a 10 hour movie is a pretty fair deal since a regular movie only has 2 hours and costs $25 :D on blu ray.

sonyonly4
sonyonly4

@raddys2001 @sonyonly4 Last year we had GTA 5,TLOU,Bioshock Infinite all GOTY contenders.......this year we have just OHGOTY, Over hyped game of the year and no I don't care for any off those games bayonetta is REALLY overhyped the first was Average at best. Then you have Dragon Age an EA game probably riddled with Microtransaction,DLC and "Seaons passes" That should have been in the game from the start, Sunset Overhype another game which is being overhyped even though it really just looks like Infamous with Guns and Far Cry I am not a big fan off the franchise played the 1st two just not my thing.

I am Getting Destiny but still feel I shouldn't since they downgraded it and apart from that I will only be getting TLOU Remastered,PVZ and Oddworld maybe the Evil With In not sure yet but still nothing that has made me happy to have "Next Gen" yet.

Sun-Tzu-GE
Sun-Tzu-GE

@rasterror @pnova They just killed it with that half an hour of boring talk about their other services but if you ignore that,most impartial people would agree that Sony won this E3.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@runningman5ksmak No they don't. In gameplay you have a limited view angle which is normally centered around your character. Meaning you can see anything around the 360 degrees but you can't move up or down virtically. Meaning cut scenes with their cinematic positioning look nothing like the gameplay. The graphics are great in both but it doesn't look like gameplay.

When you walk up to something your mind doesn't suddenly become detached from your body and start zooming around the room looking at stuff from every angle and watching yourself do stuff, you are you at all times. Cut scenes actually break me out of the immersion as a result.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@Sun-Tzu-GE I bought a game so I could play a game, not sit and watch a movie I already buy DVDs and Blu-rays for that purpose. I won't be buying an expensive console to watch movies the same as my PS3 can do now.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@Sun-Tzu-GE Yeah because a third person lycan hunting game where you get to use a thermite gun and are living in an alternate nineteenth century is a generic shooter.


hystavito
hystavito

@Sun-Tzu-GE @Dannystaples14 I don't think what he was saying has anything to do with preferring generic shooters over story heavy games.  In fact, it sounds like he enjoys story, but is just tired of getting it through the same old method, cutscenes.


I think the tone of your response is a result of the failure of most games to manage this.  It creates this divide with people on opposite sides.

rasterror
rasterror

Nah. Sony looked like they were hoping to to ride off another botched MS conference. It looked so unprofessional and thrown together. I live LBP but the way it was presented made the game look boring. The speakers were terrible and that one jab that one guy took at MS was very immature and uncalled for. It was just a bunch of games you might be able to play later next year. Then don't forget Powers TV.

PayneKiller
PayneKiller

Just out of curiosity, is there a game that never breaks from your viewpoint during "cutscenes" , or cinematics or whatever you'd like to call them?

Not asking this to oppose you, just wondering if a game was ever designed like that.

I know I've been taking notice lately of games that try to maintain immersion with things like in-engine cinematics so you don't a huge graphical difference, and FPS games also trying to implement cover mechanics etc. But I just can't remember if there was like a game that held your viewpoint the entire time.. Metroid Prime?

phbz
phbz

@Mandrew257 @Sun-Tzu-GE @rasterror @pnova Really didn't liked Sony's show. If that exact show was done by MS everyone would be on their throats again.  But Sony is at a point where they can get away with murder. IMO they have to clever up. They showed signs of overconfidence and those cheap shots thrown at their competition should stop once and for all. They must understand that most of their potential consumers have more than 10 years old. 


As for MS. It was an huge improvement from last year... But last year was so terrible that they could only get better. Still it wasn't a brilliant show.  They did well on focusing only on games but... the lack of gameplay from the announced exclusives was disappointing. They should have taken the opportunity to impress people, and CGI isn't the best way to do so. Also, they once again seem to fail to understand that they must follow what Sonny does exclusive wise. They should at least show a big action/adventure game.

Sun-Tzu-GE
Sun-Tzu-GE

@rasterror And what did microsoft had to offer that was more interesting ? I exclude nintendo because I don't take them seriously.

SNESNOSTALGIA2
SNESNOSTALGIA2

I personally felt Microsoft delivered. They showed Horizon 2, Oni and the Silent Forest, Sunset Overdrive and Halo MCC. These games were all standouts for them (critical darlings too) and more importantly they are coming out soon. All of them. That's a solid holiday lineup. I appreciate that kind of short term support. Of course there's gonna be a promising future for both these consoles but that's a good early start I would say. So to me Microsoft seemed well prepared for this E3 and Sony didn't. and I'm more of a Sony fan. It's not a knock on Sony. I loved what they did anyway with Bloodbourne and the Uncharted tease. LBP3 was a nice surprise too although it didn't seem to have that usual MM charm. I feel like you have a thing against Microsoft and I'm not a fanboy (I love all the systems) so maybe your bias is blinding you...you make it sound like Microsoft showed nothing interesting so if the games I named aren't your cup of tea then its a moot argument really. I don't mean to offend - I loved what was shown for PS4 but for me the standouts were two reveals for games with no release dates and scant to no gameplay shown.

rasterror
rasterror

Games, and games that are coming out this year. Horizon 2,Sunset Overdrive, Master Chief Collection, KI season 2,Ori and the Blind Forest which looks absolutely amazing, a lot of indies and a great amount of multiplats. Also, I would take Nintendo seriously. They've been in the game the longest and actually defined what console gaming was and is. They have franchises nobody can ever beat like Mario and Zelda. And with the uptick they've had it looks like they've just started.