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COMMENT | The Order: 1886's delay ups the pressure on Sony at E3

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COMMENT | The Order: 1886's delay ups the pressure on Sony at E3

Ask any one of us here at Dealspwn how we feel about game delays and we'll generally tell you the same thing as Shigeru Miyamoto: we'd much rather wait a little longer for something good than wind up with a rushed pile of bantha fodder. But to play Devil's Advocate for a moment is to view the announcement that The Order: 1886 has been delayed back into "early 2015" as something of a blow for Sony.

Let's reiterate that first bit, though. As galling as it can be for us as gamers to have nice things dangled in front of us before being told that we have to wait a little bit longer, we'd much rather developers are given the time that they need. The Order has been flying the flag for the future of the PS4 for some time now, promising cinematic detail so sharp and detailed that we'll have to pick up our jaws from the floor. Victoriana is seriously in vogue right now, and everyone loves to see a bit of steampunk, even if the definition of that term is becoming more vague and clouded year by year. Put simply, The Order can't really afford to be bad -- it's important that they get it right -- and if delaying the game makes for a better chance to get it right, then that's probably the right thing to do.

So, just to reiterate, rushing games is bad. We never want that.

COMMENT | The Order: 1886's delay ups the pressure on Sony at E3

But as a PS4 owner, it's hard to not feel a little dismayed. As we've seen with the likes of Watch Dogs and Driveclub and Bioshock Infinite, delays and setbacks, however well intentioned, can seriously derail the hype train of the game in question. This industry, perhaps more than most, thrives on snowballing anticipation. Getting the word out and keeping it trending is an important part if the publishing side of things. If your momentum is suddenly halted, people lose interest, pre-orders dry up and, potentially worst of all, those who we're planning to buy your game opt for something else.

To be honest, that's not really a problem that The Order has, being one of the few flagship exclusives for the PS4 that have been announced and are yet to release. Interest will remain high for the game in spite of this delay, but it heaps more pressure on Sony's E3 showing to deliver something tangible, something to get excited for, when it comes to the second half of 2014.

In our recent six month showdown, where we pitted the Xbox One against the PS4 once again to see how the consoles had fared half a year since release, the Xbox had a clear advantage when it came to console exclusives. Sony's first-party partners are yet to really show up, Guerilla and Sucker Punch aside. That a good chunk of Microsoft's exclusives have been short term third-party partnerships is unsurprising. Microsoft have always been adept with the short-term contract, even if we rather wish they'd sometimes go the extra mile and cultivate a larger stable for themselves.

Sony did the work last year with an impressively simple mission statement, an approachable, friendly attitude that focused on consumers and creators alike, and a console geared toward third-party accessibility, extra grunt under the hood, and a basic RRP that undercut the competition. It worked, but one thing has been sort of forgotten in the interim -- where are the games? As much as third-parties can continue to polish an extra pixel or two on PS4 versions over XO ones, it's the truly next-gen exclusives that'll set the tone for the next year or two.

COMMENT | The Order: 1886's delay ups the pressure on Sony at E3

Having had a stronger launch in terms of software, it feels as though Microsoft lead the line going into June, even if Sony are still out in front when it comes to sales. But the hushed whispers of a Halo bundle dropping this winter are building. Even if it's not yet Halo 5, having a such a big name on the other side of the fence is something that cannot go unchallenged. We fully expect Sony to pull out the big guns at E3 this year, but it's no good doing that for 2015/2016. PS Plus is scraping the barrel on PS4, and that next-gen barrel wasn't exactly huge to begin with. Sony must deliver something for this year, for this winter. The wave we've ridden since launch has crested, and now is the time for the hard work  to begin once more.

And what of The Order: 1886 itself, as a game? It looks the part, certainly, but what little gameplay has been seen has been sparse and fairly derivative by the looks of things. As Killzone: Shadow Fall demonstrated, and as we've stated time and time again, looks will only get you so far. For all of the talk about a super-cinematic, super-widescreen resolution, precious little has been seen of the game itself, and the demonstrations that have surfaced haven't exactly distinguished the game beyond its peers and predecessors.

COMMENT | The Order: 1886's delay ups the pressure on Sony at E3

But that's presumably what more time is needed for...

"The project is always bigger than what everybody expects," Ready at Dawn chief Ru Weerasuriya told Eurogamer. "That's what this is. It is bigger than what everybody expected. Everything we've shot, everything we've done, is quite a bit larger than what we had planned for. But we're not going to sacrifice just because of time. Quality has to come first.

"That's what I commend Sony for, for so many games they've done. They always say, 'PlayStation stands for what it has done for so long because we will always take the side of quality when it comes down to it.' That is one of the strengths Sony has had for so many years."

COMMENT | The Order: 1886's delay ups the pressure on Sony at E3

It's hard to argue with that, but no Order this year means that there's a gap in the release schedule at a crucial  time of year that Sony will desperately need to plug. We know Uncharted is on the horizon, but that's presumed for next year at the earliest. What else have you got for us Sony? Let's hope it's a stellar E3 focussed on the net six months.

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bggriffiths  May. 29, 2014 at 12:06

Yeah, I'm struggling to see what Sony will be leading with at Xmas. It would be ace if Uncharted is out for then, but I think that's a stretch. I wouldn't be surprised to see them heavily advertise third-party games with a PS4 logo at the end 'available on PS4' style.

Just like they are doing right now with Watch Dogs. Almost every TV ad has no mention of the PC/XB versions. Sure, it's not an exclusive, but the TV ads make it look a bit like one, which could be quite influential no the non-hardcore crowd looking to get a new console.

Expect plenty of similar PS4-flavored ads for Assassin's Creed, Far Cry 4, and FIFA later. I imagine COD will be getting loads of marketing cash from the XO though thanks to timed-exclusive DLC.

The Wii U will probably start making all the money with Mario Kart at Xmas too.

stevenjameshyde  May. 29, 2014 at 12:36

Yeah, I'm struggling to see what Sony will be leading with at Xmas

Killzone: Shadow Fall: Game of the Year edition, obviously. Or maybe a boxed retail copy of Housemarque Shooter Collection Ultimate Edition

I'm hoping there's an Uncharted 1-3 + Golden Abyss Remaster compilation hidden somewhere in Sony's capacious E3 sleeves. If the rumours about Halo 1-4 HD are true, then what better way is there to compete directly?

JonLester  May. 29, 2014 at 15:01

I seriously wonder whether both Sony and Microsoft's E3 presentations will mention "2015" an awful lot. Especially Sony, who in fairness supported the PS3 right up to the wire - meaning that their big studios now have to play 'catch up.'

Last edited by JonLester, May. 29, 2014 at 15:16
stevenjameshyde  May. 29, 2014 at 15:12

There is, of course, one thing that Sony could announce at E3 to score some serious points over Microsoft. Something that could definitely be ready for a winter release, and something that people would buy in their droves - Titanfall in glorious 1080p.

After today's PvZ announcement, I'm going to file this one away in a folder marked "I told you so" for retrieval in a couple of weeks time...

Anarchist  May. 29, 2014 at 15:45

After today's PvZ announcement, I'm going to file this one away in a folder marked "I told you so" for retrieval in a couple of weeks time...


...And I'll file it under my folder marked "I told you not" for retrieval in a few weeks time. Sorry!

stevenjameshyde  May. 29, 2014 at 15:57

After today's PvZ announcement, I'm going to file this one away in a folder marked "I told you so" for retrieval in a couple of weeks time...


...And I'll file it under my folder marked "I told you not" for retrieval in a few weeks time. Sorry!

My plans to come back and quietly delete the post, foiled!

Harryisme  May. 29, 2014 at 16:04

There is, of course, one thing that Sony could announce at E3 to score some serious points over Microsoft. Something that could definitely be ready for a winter release, and something that people would buy in their droves - Titanfall in glorious 1080p.

After today's PvZ announcement, I'm going to file this one away in a folder marked "I told you so" for retrieval in a couple of weeks time...


You do know Plant Vs Zombie was always going to come on the PS4 right? It wasn't a secret that it was a timed exclusive, we just didn't know how long that timed exclusive was.

Titanfall is a Platform Exclusive, Microsoft paid good money to get it to be a platform exclusive. There is close to no chance we'll see this game on the PS4, Titanfall 2 is almost 100% going to be on PS4, but not the first game.

What we will Sony do is have a deal in place with Ubisoft with AC4 and Activision with Destiny and get some exclusive content for them, and promote it so the general public will be fooled into thinking the games are platform exclusive.

I think it's a good choice delaying the game, all the footage i've seen so far has been dissapointing, though if i'm honest except graphically nothing on the PS4 had impressed me gameplay wise, with the exception of Resogun, that game looks awesome. I'm not regretting my decision to sell my PS4 and getting a XB1 at all.

The more I hear about Sony's game line-up the less impressed I am, I am getting this dreaded feeling I got with the Wii, once the buzz dies the sales will halt as well, I seriously hope there is more to Sony's line-up than we've seen, or heard. MS are having to leave content out from their E3 conference to fit it into the 90 minutes time scale, and it's looking more and more like Sony are going to struggle filling in their time slot...I hope I am wrong and it's just the calm before the storm and we'll get a amazing E3 from them, they've certainly lowered my expectations enough that any new games news will get me hyped.

stevenjameshyde  May. 29, 2014 at 16:32

Titanfall is a Platform Exclusive, Microsoft paid good money to get it to be a platform exclusive. There is close to no chance we'll see this game on the PS4

That's the official line, true, but rumours persist that Titanfall's lower-than-expected sales triggered some kind of break clause in the exclusivity agreement. There's a 99% chance that's a load of old cobblers, of course, but stranger things have happened

It'd put the cat among the pigeons, is all I'm saying. Unlikely to happen but would be fascinating if it did

Anarchist  May. 29, 2014 at 16:45

That's the official line, true, but rumours persist that Titanfall's lower-than-expected sales triggered some kind of break clause in the exclusivity agreement.


Are you kidding?

It's pretty much been 1/2 in the charts since its release. Beating even fifa. Just how many more copies would you have liked it to have sold...?

Common sense says that guess of 99% chance of it being cobblers should have been a bit higher. It's pretty amazing some of the rumours that Sony fanboys will start.

Harryisme  Jun. 3, 2014 at 03:00

Titanfall is a Platform Exclusive, Microsoft paid good money to get it to be a platform exclusive. There is close to no chance we'll see this game on the PS4

That's the official line, true, but rumours persist that Titanfall's lower-than-expected sales triggered some kind of break clause in the exclusivity agreement. There's a 99% chance that's a load of old cobblers, of course, but stranger things have happened

It'd put the cat among the pigeons, is all I'm saying. Unlikely to happen but would be fascinating if it did


Lower than expected sales? It's already sold over 1.8 Million copies on the XBO, It's outsold both Infamous and Killzone on the PS4 and that's with there being 3 million less units of the XBO in circulation. It's sold well enough for EA to secure the rights to Titanfall 2 already.

Don't kid yourself, the rumours of it coming on the PS4 is nothing more than jealous fanboys dreaming up stories to help them sleep better at night.

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