Video Game: The Order: 1886
"This is not the history you know."
The Order: 1886 is a new third-person shooter currently in development for the PlayStation
4. Developed by Ready At Dawn (best known for the God of War
spin-offs) and Santa Monica Studio (known for the main-series God of War
The Order: 1886 takes place in an alternate universe Victorian London, where a small set of humanity branched off in the first millennium AD, transforming into monstrous "half-breeds". To fight back against these, The Order Of The Round Table - the titular Order - was created, and through a substance known as "black liquid" the members possess extended lifespans and enhanced healing abilities. Even with those advantages, The Order still struggled to combat the half-breeds until the Industrial Revolution brought improved weaponry to even the odds. By 1886, the half-breed threat has been diminished, but now The Order has a new threat to deal with, in the form of a nascent rebellion fueled by societal inequality...
- Healing Factor: One of the benefits that the Knights of the Order possess, thanks to the "black liquid".
- Historical-Domain Character: Promised to be all over the place. One of your squad members is apparently the Marquis de Lafayette (yes, that one). And he's apparently the *youngest* of the Order's current membership.
- Now with two times more Nikola Tesla! Ironically enough he's the only one shown so far to be in the right era.
- Ironic Nursery Rhyme: "Little Bobby Paige", shown in one of the trailers, tells the story of a nine-year-old boy who is bitten by a half-breed while out on the street late at night. He returns home, turns, and then tears his parents apart.
- Legacy Character: Each of the Order's members takes up the name of a member of the Round Table, with each new member picking a vacant name.
- Lightning Gun: One of the weapons that can be wielded.
- Our Werewolves Are Different: Given the Victorian-esque setting it was pretty much inevitable. The two go together like...two things that go together really well.
- Putting on the Reich: The rebels that we have seen seem to invoke a mixture of Bolshevik, Nazi, and Jacobin influences, in particular given their heavy use of the colors red and black. Particularly those red armbands...
- A Nazi by Any Other Name: Ironically, it's the player characters who feel like this, what with their agenda to exterminate a different race of humanity out of fear of being overrun, and their lack of hesitation in Kill the Poor. Not that they're corrupt, but they drink a thick black fluid that looks and acts like corruption itself, "for the good of mankind... and personal survival".
- Steam Punk: Played With. It seems to be part of the aesthetic of the game, and yet they clearly use electronics. The trailer depicts a radio, and a railgun!