In a new interview with Develop, Ready At Dawn Dev’s have a lot to say about negative remarks about The Order:1886. When asked about the “value judgements and videogames”, Ready At Dawn’s Dana Jan replies: “It’s really the strange dilemma of video games right now, but I don’t think you can have a discussion of quantity without quality. So our game is extremely focused on the gameplay to the story-telling to pretty much everything.”
Jan goes on further to say that he thinks of the situation of quality over quantity with The Order:1886.
“I guess I think about it like this. If you go and you eat a steak, if you pay $100 for a steak that tastes like the best steak you’ve ever had in your life but it’s only 200 grams versus paying the same price for the worst steak you could want — but it’s all-you-can-eat.”
Later in the interview, Jan says there is an “uncanny ‘haterade’ for our game no matter what”, which he feels is people merely looking for “some reason to hate it”.
What really stuck out in the interview for me was where Jan says, “I think the internet is the new playground for bullies”. I’ve been a gamer since before the internet was a publicly used sounding board and I can personally say that the internet being a “new” playground for bullies is like saying needing air to live is a new concept for humans.
Releasing a new game that has shooting elements that take a back seat to story is a tough road to begin with. Having that same game be a rather short experience is an even harder pill to swallow in todays length measuring society. We measure everything we do and buy these days and sometimes we do so by example. I personally have not played The Order:1886 just yet but with the sea of negative reviews coming from reviewers I personally trust, it’s hard not to listen. These reviewers are also not some random Joe/Jane siting behind their random computer. These are reviews coming for trusted people like GiantBomb’s Jeff Gerstmann. I will eventually play The Order: 1886 but I am in no hurry to do so and that’s a very sad thing.