Ready At Dawn's PlayStation 4 exclusive The Order: 1886 is being co-written with Kirk Ellis, the Emmy award-winning writer and producer of HBO mini-series John Adams. Studio co-founder Ru Weerasuriya tells Game Informer that the decision to bring Ellis on to co-write the game's script came from a desire to bring "something completely fresh" to the game.
"He's not a game guy," Weerasuriya said in a video interview, "and I think everybody would've expected us to go with a game scriptwriter. My only request was 'I cannot have a game person be there.' We can bring the game side of it; I want him to bring something completely fresh, something we might miss."
Detailing the background of The Order: 1886's development (and its much lengthier conception), Weerasuriya said the game's early story was rooted in historical events, including portions set in Jerusalem during the Crusades. When Ready At Dawn saw Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed, with which The Order shared certain ideas and settings, the team decided to move in a different direction.
Weerasuriya also explains that the team shifted from the game's original name, Requiem, to The Order: 1886 after failing to settle on something better. The eponymous Order, which was regularly referenced in the script, was ultimately chosen.
"The great thing about the name is it signifies a lot of things, beyond the order of knights," he said. "It's the order of nature, the order of basically everything we're looking at. it encompasses the bigger idea of the IP."