Sony’s New PlayStation 4 IP Isn’t An FPS, It’s A Third-Person Game

By Ishaan . June 25, 2013 . 9:00am



At E3 this year, Sony and God of War: Ghost of Sparta developer Ready at Dawn revealed The Order: 1886, a new IP for the PlayStation 4. Now, we have a few more details on just what the game is going to be, courtesy of the PS Blog.


On what kind of game The Order: 1886 is, studio co-founder Ru Weerasuriya says, “The Order is a third person action adventure with shooting mechanics. It’s very much story-based—it’s a linear story-based game. We’re trying to tell a story. It’s what we call a filmic experience.”


Weerasuriya goes on to say that The Order: 1886 will not play like one would expect it to.


“There are gameplay features we’ll be talking about that will be very, very cool,” he shares. “Right now we’re playing with things—the moment-to-moment gameplay is really not what you might expect. We didn’t want to make it single-tone, where you rely on one single thing in expense of the rest.”

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  • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

    So…. Steampunk version of Uncharted?

    • César H. Sandoval

      I’d so play that!!

    • ronin4life

      more like Old timey version of Gears.

      • They Call Me Senpai

        That’s insulting to The Order.

    • yeah i smell “inspired by Uncharted vibes going on here.”

      Everyone knows ND has Sony on lock after three great UC games and especially after TLOU, they got Sony by the… well, u know XD

      • Kase


  • Ereek

    Well, color me more interested than before.

  • Nitraion

    Well its TPS..So down to my playlist then…

  • Gilgamesh2025

    Interesting …

  • Godmars

    An action game where the mechanics are based around shooting is still a shooter. Call it what it is please.

    • Brandonmkii

      Yeah, but I vastly prefer 3rd person shooting to 1st person, so this pleases me.

      • Aoshi00

        Same here, I like Dishonored’s setting but not good at FPS at all (bioshock is pretty much the only I play), much prefer games like uncharted, the last of us, gears of war, or remember me, it’s great they continue in third person like God of war.

    • 60hz

      agreed, we need a bit more info to move into the action realm… i see little difference between fps and 3ps, but there is a difference between say vanquish and devil may cry… both are third person games, and both have guns, but one limits melee while the other limits range combat… these limitations need to be known…

    • Nitraion

      If they confirm there will be RPG element like Mass effect or something that will be more interesting….
      But yeah to me TPS>FPS so this really good news to me

    • Ferrick

      if classifying it only as a shooter, i’m willing to bet that people would NOT expect this as a TPS, instead they will most likely consider this as a schmup.

      better to give the correct label over the generalized one

  • Jah-keem York

    “Filmic” 8th Gen, the generation where words are just going to be made up now.

    • 60hz

      ok i lol’d for real… sad that we still have this inferiority complex with cinema

    • sandra10

      It’s actually a real word. But they’re talking more about the graphics and the lens they’re using to give it a “dirty” look:

      The overall feel – that filmic experience… the one thing we brought to this is something people are accustomed too but usually can’t tell. When you watch a movie you don’t question what lens is being used. You don’t question why there is grain on the film or why there’s a certain lighting. Those are things we’ve been accustomed to seeing for 30 years. So when it’s missing we usually go “Wait, something is wrong with this image”.

      With this game we replicated a lot of physical attributes. We have true lens distortion. We built physical lenses into our engine so we could get something where people will look it and not be totally disconnected. Games have a tendency sometimes to be too clean and crisp. We thrive in the dirt. We just love the fact that it feels dirty. It’s filmed in a very realistic way.


    Bah, humbug! Trying to tell a story indeed. well modern devs, I am trying to play a game. I guess I’ll just have to go back a few generations if I want to succeed.

  • laurenhiya21

    Hmmm… TPS and story based? Well, I’m still not completely sure about it, (I doubt anyone is with how little info they’ve given ha) but I am a little bit more interested…

    • Albert Halves

      Give Spec Ops The Line a try if you haven’t already. TPS with a pretty amazing story.

  • d19xx

    I wonder if [email protected] really declined working on another GOW or Sony made them work on a console title?

    If it’s the later, then Sony is really keeping the best developers on console…

    • sandra10

      Ready at Dawn talked about this and said they wanted to work on a console title. Can’t blame them since their PSP games did go unappreciated with plenty calling them b-list/lesser versions without even playing them. Even now and in here, there are already people jumping the gun when all that was shown was a cutscene.

      • d19xx

        I like what they did on the PSP. Their games are AAA material in my opinion. I think Sony thinks so too, that’s why I wondered if Sony wants them on consoles instead.

  • DarthSithZero

    I was expecting some sort of Bioshock with van Helsing FPS

  • ronin4life

    I… thought this was pretty obvious.

    It just screamed “gears of war” throughout. The designs, co-op buddies and the enemies…

    • qchto

      so, is a gow from the creators of gow? *badumtss*

    • They Call Me Senpai

      People said the same thing about Uncharted and it blew Gears away – not that that was difficult.

      So people repeating it in regards to The Order is pretty good.

      Also, nothing about this video screams “Gears of War”

    • Aoshi00

      Actually I thought it was gonna be first person as well like Dishonored, third person is great news for me :)

    • xXDGFXx

      Nope, try harder.

    • Solomon_Kano

      Really? This:

      Reminded you of:

      Gears of War is the well from which all co-op springs? And enemies you couldn’t even see reminded you of…

      It’s one thing to not be interested, but we certainly don’t need trolling around here. Especially not such poor trolling. At least be funny.

      • ronin4life

        Ouch. “Trolling”? I thought you knew me better than that man…

        Look, this is What I see: 4 heroes carrying massive sci fi weapons approach a hoard of crawling humanoid monstrous enemies in a desolate, dark fogy grey alley. Said warriors are likened to knights, being above all others in capability.

        Yes. Steam punk Gears… and the heavy metal stylings of gears already felt somewhat steam punk. Maybe there is a whole lot we don’t yet know that would seperate the two further, but as of now there are quite the number of solid parallels.

        Siliconera has been wierd lately… people have gotten touchier and more bitter these last few days(especiallyamongst the new faces…)

        • Solomon_Kano

          I’ve seen your comments elsewhere, so I certainly didn’t want to believe you were trolling, but I honestly can’t see your comment here as anything other than trolling.

          You called the designs similar to Gears and, as shown, they’re not the least bit alike. You said the enemies remind you of Gears and the enemies haven’t even been revealed as of yet. And “co-op buddies” being cited… that’s undeniably a shared element between the two, but that makes this game as much a rip-off of Halo: Reach, Monster Hunter, or any other game with 4 players teaming up as it does Gears.

          If you want to play contrarian, I take no issue with that, but when your “opinion” can be factually refuted by even a cursory look at the trailer… how can I take that as anything other than trolling?

          I’m the last person to call someone a troll around these parts — I even humor Tsuna, for chrisssakes — but if you’re honestly not trying to troll, you certainly didn’t present your case as best you could in your original comment.

          • ronin4life

            I can be outspoken and… certainly “different” in my comments, but rarely do I troll around like some creep. This is what I think of it. And the fact that you only specifically refuted one of my points (although not fully: I remember seeing crawling humanoid zombie esque creatures with glowing eyes just barely through the fog) comparing the two upsets me, considering the level of heat I am feeling out of your comments…>.>;;

            And as for why: I don’t get it. Are you accusing me of trolling because I am accusing them of copying, or because I compared it to Gears? Because 1) Sony would want to copy gears for the same reasons they wanted to edge into the Halo market. Killzone was designed to be the “halo killer”, after all, so why not do the same for gears? And if 2) what was so wrong with gears that more games couldn’t be like it?

            Look, some guy in this thread likened it to a steampunk Uncharted; a comparison that makes no sense so far and was met with agreeance. I compare 2 tps apearrantly centering around a 4 hero cast fighting humanoid monsters with over sized sci fi weapons in a bleak environment… and I get treated like I am a loon. Regardless of other comments I have made elsewhere or my thoughts(which I never betrayed in any comment: I was only displaying a static observation) Of what this could mean if it is true, I fail to understand the animosity I am recieving from this community of all places.

          • M’iau M’iaut

            Sorry for the bad experience. My immediate thought on seeing that vid during E3 was Left 4 Dead, so I can’t see Gears as that much of a stretch.

          • ronin4life

            Now I see that too…>.>;

          • M’iau M’iaut

            Glad we can still make you laugh.

          • Solomon_Kano

            Don’t get me wrong, I harbor no animosity towards you, so please don’t take it that way. Though, to be fair, what else would calling you a troll sound like? We’ve had discussions on other topics and you seem like a reasonable guy.

            I’m simply trying to work through the Gears comparison from the three points listed in your original post that, to my eyes, didn’t hold except the co-op one. I certainly apologize for calling you a troll, but I should hope we can discuss this without you thinking I feel a certain sort of way towards you.

            If the game’s like Gears from a gameplay perspective, I won’t take issue with that, I’ll even cite your assertion as correct. I just can’t see where your comparison, by the points you compared, came from at this point. And I do hope my prior post illustrated why I don’t understand your comparison of the design or the enemies.

            Again, if that’s your honest opinion, my apologies for accusing you like that. But I hope you can at least see where I’m coming from as far as disagreeing with your assessment that it looks like Gears based on my prior responses.

          • ronin4life

            And I think I was a little too touchy. It’s good. ^o^

            And I can certainly understand your points, as they are very different. I just see certain parrelles that remind me of gears and just made me think “this will be a 3rd person shooter”. And I suppose many of those subtle traits are shared by a numberof other games as well… even though I personally see more Gears othan any other single game.

            But I digress,and will simply say this; there plenty of good reasons for why I come to siliconera; but the great community is probably the biggest one. You guys are the among the greatest on the net. ^0^/

          • Solomon_Kano

            Well, I’m glad to know I haven’t deterred you from visiting the site. If there’s anything I wouldn’t want to do, it’d be to harm this community’s reputation. It’s the very reason I stay around to begin with, so that’d definitely be bad for me.

            See ya ’round, then. :D

      • Haku_Luvs_You
        • Solomon_Kano

          Both are third person shooters, that much is similar thus far. It also shares that with Gears, sure. And any number of other TPSs.

        • l777l

          Yes, the similarities are striking. There’s people and weapons in both.

  • LightGenx

    While the concept does seem interesting the trailer really isn’t doing anything for me, will have to see some gameplay before I can make any judgements.

  • MrTyrant

    I prefer third person shooter more than FPS. I never felt that those were inmersive enough as watching my character back while shooting around.

    • Testsubject909

      Well there’s an obvious problem with that.

      It’s because you had a character, not an avatar. And that’s the tricky part… A character is not You. It is a Character, a being you can relate to, but not a being who represents you in the game. Many fail to notice or realize that.

      In actuality, an avatar in a game is a near impossibility.

      From the way the world reacts to your character or how your character reacts to the world, no matter how silent or open the options are, will shape part of your character’s base personality.

      Persona 1 for example is a game where the lead character is seen as many as being an Avatar, in reality he is as much a Character as any other, he just happens to be silent and in your control for parts of his life.

      Otherwise, the other characters remark his character traits:
      That he is a calm and reliable leader type.

      Even in FPS like Call of Duty, your character will have certain character traits that you can spot by how people react to your character or your character reacts to the world.

      Not saying that FPS can’t be . Just saying that I’m on your side with the idea that a Third Person Shooter is a more immersive experience when dealing with a character.

      Compelling though… Now that’s an entirely different story.

    • Testsubject909

      – When playing with a character, being in First Person View can be alienating as you’re obviously not the character.
      – Since the great grand majority of times you’re an observer of a character, a Third Person View would theoretically be a more immersive experience.
      – An actual Avatar for you in a game is an improbability and a great rarity.

      • MrTyrant

        Did you have to write two post just to explain this? I just like when I see my character (the character of the story or the character I created) walking around a landscape and interacting with items while seeing all his movements not just their stupid hands.

        • Testsubject909

          I write what I think. It’s not much of an excuse but it is what it is so… sorry for the result.

  • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

    -_- where are the JRPG or RPG Sony. We need some new ones from ya.

  • Solomon_Kano

    I actually expected a TPS, though the trailer wasn’t gameplay, but it’s nice to have confirmation. Mm. Steampunk TPS goodness in London.

    Ready at Dawn did some of the most impressive work on PSP, so it should be interesting to see what they can pump out on PS4.

  • Aquarius

    My thoughts on the game’s setting when I watched the trailer were not positive at all. In my opinion, the setting they’re using is all over the place, I welcome that try they’re to deviate from the usual, but this is too much;

    I know it’s not fair to judge with one trailer, but I just can’t care about the game with that setting, which for me, is one of the most important things that make me interested in games.

  • Kai2591

    that’s good to know. Simple run-and-gun would be boring.

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