PS4 owners are hungry for details about Ready At Dawn's mysterious steampunk shooter The Order: 1866, which has mercilessly teased us with its neo-Victorian London setting and "filmic" gunplay over the last few months. The launch trailer and banners showed small teams of operatives picking their way through the smoggy streets, but the developers have now spoken out to confirm that the game will not feature multiplayer in any capacity.
Oh, and it will run at 30FPS, in case you're interested.
Ready At Dawn co-founder Andrea Pessino delivered the news on Twitter in no uncertain terms. "No multiplayer, it is a single player, third person action adventure game." Case closed.
"Better to do one thing well than a whole bunch half-assed. We are trying to make a single-player experience you will enjoy," he replied to an irate fan who wasn't keen on spending a premium price for a singleplayer-only game. "If we are going to succeed or not will be up to you to decide."
Good on you.
In all honesty, I'm personally sick and tired of developers shoehorning inappropriate, unpolished and unnecessary multiplayer components into their games at the behest of their publishers (Spec Ops: The Line, and Stranglehold are two notable examples). If Ready At Dawn are focused on creating a superbly crafted singleplayer experience, then all power to them.
Mind you, as someone who also believes that publishers should be realistic and equitable with their RRPs, I wouldn't hate to see a little markdown. And, erm, local co-op.
Performance junkies might be interested to know that Ready At Dawn are aiming for a target of 30 frames per second at 1080p. “Currently we do not aim [for] 60 frames per second," studio boss Ru Weerasuriya informed Play3. "In a first person shooter that [surely] makes sense. Also fighting games are undoubtedly predestined for 60 frames.
“But for us, the cinematic experience is in the foreground [basically focus] – presented in full HD 1080p. In favor of spectacular effects and the highest resolution we restrict ourselves to a fluid 30 frames per second.” Again, fine by us, but I daresay that many will beg to differ.
You can read more details about The Order's gameplay and setting through the links, and we'll keep you up to date with the latest. How important is multiplayer to you, and how much do you spend on singleplayer-only games?