Introducing The Order: 1886's Bunker Busting Thermite Rifle

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There is still so much we do not know about The Order: 1886, the upcoming third-person shooter from developer Ready at Dawn Studios. Sony has kept a tight lid on this game since it was first announced, and has only recently started doling out information on its settings and how it plays. We know it is set in an alternate-history version of London where airships rule the skies and immortal, machine gun-wielding knights roam the streets. All of this draws inspiration from Arthurian lore, which creative director Ru Weerasuriya expands upon in the interview below.

The demo I saw seems to take place some time after the demo GameSpot’s own Carolyn Petit saw a few months earlier. That earlier demo concluded with the game’s protagonist, Galahad, discovering what resembles a World War I-era machine gun with a drum magazine slapped on top. As it turns out, that gun is known as the thermite rifle, and was the main weapon I got to play around with in my brief time with the game.

According to Weerasuriya, the thermite rifle is a bunker-buster weapon. It is designed to circumvent cover by first firing a cloud of thermite powder into the air. The gun’s secondary fire is a flare launcher. Individually, neither of these weapons seemed to deal much damage, but when combined, the flare would ignite the thermite and cause a shower of molten sparks to rain down on opponents. It was interesting to see a heavy weapon like this deal damage indirectly, rather than mow down foes with a hail of bullets.

The full demonstration, short as it was, saw Galahad and company battling through two firefights with a brief scene of exposition in between. If you saw Sony’s livestream of The Order: 1886 last week, then you already caught a glimpse of what I saw, since both start in the same place. As someone who’s familiar with the Gears of War series and several other third-person shooters, I found The Order: 1886 easy enough to dive into. Galahad would stick and move between spots of cover, and dispatched waves of enemies as they attacked from the buildings above.

The Order: 1886 also includes a bullet time mechanic that lets you dispatch groups of enemies with ease.

The game also looked impressive. Its muted color palette created a moody, depressing interpretation of London’s cobblestone streets. This dark tone was then mirrored in conversations between characters during the break between fights. All that aside, there’s not much else to say about The Order: 1886, other than its release date, which Weerasuriya noted will be sometime in early 2015. Until then, the fog-soaked streets of neo-Victorian London remained shrouded in mystery.

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64 comments
Foppe
Foppe

A shame it got delayed.

Billieguy
Billieguy

The cinema style gameplay looks cooler than I anticipated!

Sarijon
Sarijon

Disappointed that this release was pushed back as I was really looking forward to playing it but if its for the reasons that BF4 Should of been pushed back and Not why Watchdogs was pushed back then I'm happy to wait

DeathwachMarine
DeathwachMarine

jeez the mocap animations and physics are f*cking awesome

Chaos_Dante_456
Chaos_Dante_456

originally read "Termite" rifle was kind of disappointed at second glance :(

classic_gaming
classic_gaming

an awesome tpaa coming to my ps4 my xbox will be collecting dust for what might be a couple of years

DeusGladiorum
DeusGladiorum

I haven't seen much to let me know if I'll enjoy the gameplay or not (the shooter formula is quite overplayed) but wow, color me impressed because those graphics, physics, and animations are absolutely mind blowing! 

GLOBALv
GLOBALv

Is it the same kind of thermite found in the WTC destruction?

Keaze_
Keaze_

I hope there will be a way to upgrade those guns to lower the recoil and spread.

henry4
henry4

Nice... I still find the "dirty camera" and "chromatic aberration" effects unnecessary... are they trying to simulate what it looks like in real life or through a cheap camera?

PeterDuck
PeterDuck

Woah, I thought this was an FPS all along!. Cool graphics

Elann2008
Elann2008

The visuals are "unreal!"  Graphics and visuals in this case do matter because it adds to the immersion and atmosphere. 

Razor10000
Razor10000

realy like the old london style, the game looks stunning as usual for ps4 exclusive games. realy interested to see more of this game.

vivvianni
vivvianni

Xbox one games looks like cartoon...

PS2fweak
PS2fweak

One of the few games that actually looks like a mature title. I can't wait to see more. 

flacker001
flacker001

While it looks great and I love the design of the characters, etc...I am worried that you will do more watching this game than playing it. I hope I am wrong. Please...NO QUICK TIME EVENTS.

evil_snuggles
evil_snuggles

Where are all the Xbots and pc fanBoys now . The Order is the best looking game on any platform PC or consoles. PC fanBoys are always bashing The PS4 . They wish there were exclusives like this on PC

YouEnjoyMyFluff
YouEnjoyMyFluff

PS4's Gears of War.  actually excited for this puppy dog

Summischief
Summischief

This may end up being a series like a uncharted. You cant come half as* with it. Take the time polish and make it awesome. Game look good now ... but clearly not ready. I be alright with Destiny till this comes out.

Trevorbangbang
Trevorbangbang

This game looks great but as usual not for PC


Still waiting for GTA V pc version R*!!

hystavito
hystavito

@henry4 That in general has always been an issue in games of course, I think I'm more on the real life side of the argument.

Keaze_
Keaze_

@henry4 They're simulating a True HD 1080p vintage hand cranked camera.

LucentWolf
LucentWolf

@Elann2008 It looks like you're literally playing a cutscene. ( This is a good thing to me )

dani_i89
dani_i89

@vivvianni  Dirty fanboi. Sony tried to kill Halo with Killzone and failed. Now they are trying to kill Gears of War. Good luck lol.

Btw Ryse is still the best looking game on the market.

rasterror
rasterror

If you delay your games as much as Sony does I would hope they'd be pristine.

Dcyple3000
Dcyple3000

@vivvianni well if it cant provide real looking visuals, then making it a cartoon does not hurt

DeusGladiorum
DeusGladiorum

@evil_snuggles Why are you bringing this up? No one was bashing the PS4 on this article from what I could see, and you clearly aren't directly replying to anyone, so why are you doing the exact same thing that you're criticizing? An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind, so knock it off. 

LucentWolf
LucentWolf

@evil_snuggles They are over in the The Order delayed to 2015 article. Cause you know, god forbid they actually pay any attention to their own articles. /eyeroll

Hurvl
Hurvl

@evil_snuggles I'm a PC only gamer, not a fanboy (if you can believe that), and while I would like to see this game on PC, there are so many other games out there and yet to come. The game itself is what matters, not whether it's an exclusive or not. I live in the past with my backlog, but I'm really glad that I got to enjoy The Witcher 1 which is a PC exclusive and now I've got The Witcher 2 during the TW2-to-Linux Steam sale where it cost 4 euros.

evil_snuggles
evil_snuggles

Gears of War is not the first 3 person cover based shooter. There are numerous 3 person cover based shooter.

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

@Summischief If Destiny will be half as cool as I think it will be , it will consume my life for a minimum of 6 months. This game does look good. I hope it also has MP. I like a good SP and MP.

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

@Trevorbangbang I would suggest doing what I'm doing. Get the PS4 and XB1 and keep the PC as well. No need to limit yourself.

tom2750
tom2750

@dani_i89 @vivvianni wrongs kill zone shadow fall and infamous second son are far better looking Ryse looks like crap the only good looing things about it is the characters faces in the cinematic's

redikan
redikan

@evil_snuggles  God forbid they copy Uncharted's 3rd person shooting mechanics they were awful. It would be wise to mimic something that mostly get's it right.

GLOBALv
GLOBALv

Destiny is supposed to be a ten year projection in terms of support and online functionality.

LucentWolf
LucentWolf

@spartanx169x Duuuuddde, 6 months? You disappoint. I have a feeling Destiny will take up lots more time than that. They claim they'll have new content coming out daily with a team dedicated to it. I think I'll be playing it for years more than likely. Wouldn't be my first time doing so. EQ..FFXI...WoW...

nickpeck36
nickpeck36

@spartanx169x @Summischief  They said no MP awhile back unless that's part of the delay.  Then again at this point it would be a crappy MP mode slapped on to appease the naysayers.  Nothing wrong with a solid SP only game.

evil_snuggles
evil_snuggles

XBoned720 wish it had graphics like The Order. XBoned720 is to weak

dani_i89
dani_i89

@Dcyple3000  Sony tried to kill Halo with Killzone. Big fail. Now they are trying to top their next best thing.

It's cute.

Dcyple3000
Dcyple3000

its more like xbots can only have that game to compare it too

LucentWolf
LucentWolf

@spartanx169x Destiny will be one of those types of games that I will prolly be playing for 4 years or longer again. -.- Clothes with my race, class and faction symbols, post-it notes with the traveler on em, mouse pads with Fallen on em... /drool I'm probably not kidding either... -hangs head-