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access_time March 1, 2015 at 7:11 AM in Features by Dragos Dobre

Lack of Exclusives Made Gamers Buy The Order 1886


Editor’s Note: The following article doesn’t include spoilers regarding any aspect of The Order: 1886. We encourage everyone to read it, regardless if they finished the game or not. 

Exclusives games are a rare breed nowadays, especially on the current-generation of consoles (PlayStation 4 and Xbox One). The abundance of remastered titles, and re-releases, are taking the spotlight every day — while exclusive titles sit in a shadow, and only see the light of day a few times a year. Without exaggeration of any sort, for every original new IP, there’s a handful of old games ported on the newer hardware.

Remastered games are in a some sort of love-hate situation. You either love them, or you hate them. Newcomers to consoles have the chance of playing the games that revolutionized the past generations, while the old timers either replay them or sit patiently and wait for new ideas to pop up from our beloved developers. New isn’t always better, but we’re pretty sick of the old at this point.

The Order: 1886 is certainly a breath of fresh air for some, despite the huge controversy that’s surrounding it. We’ve seen the reviews, we’ve played the game, and we can’t ignore the fact that it’s just a decent game — but far away from being a good one. The reason behind why are numerous, and I won’t be addressing them hence the non-spoilerish nature of this article.


Despite the fact that the game wasn’t what we really expected, everyone seems to have already bought and played it. Meaning that a game that falls under the mediocrity sign managed to sell a lot of copies. If you compare The Order: 1886 with Destiny, you’ll notice that the ads and the marketing efforts weren’t even close to Bungie’s. But the game was still a success in terms of sales, and you have to ask yourself… why?

Our best guess is that remastered games played a rather important role in it. While they certainly won’t hurt the industry, they surely pushed gamers towards newer games. More than a few prefer playing a decent new IP, instead of replaying the same one for the hundredth time. Even if you’re a big fan of a certain series, you’ll more than likely search for new venues, especially on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Gamers’ desire to have new experiences pushed The Order: 1886 in a way we’d never imagine. Hopefully, more developers will notice this and take advantage of it. It’s time for new adventures, new characters, new thrills. While there are a bunch of exclusive titles announced for the following two or three years, there’s no better time than right now to release something fresh.

If you liked this article, read our review for The Order 1886.


  • TooMuchSun March 1, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    “Gamers’ desire to have new experiences pushed The Order: 1886” This is true, and that is why we buy PlayStation consoles.

    It is the same desire for new experiences that will make us buy games like The Tomorrow Children, Bloodborne, No Man’s Sky and even Until Dawn.

    • andy March 1, 2015 at 10:14 AM

      Well said mate. 🙂

    • RussellGorall March 1, 2015 at 12:49 PM

      Interactive movies are not new experiences. I am looking forward to the rest of the titles you listed, but The Order was an overhyped piece of software because of a huge lack of first party content on PS4. I am actually looking forward to Until Dawn, even though it is an interactive movie. It looks awesome. Don’t include The Order on your list of “pushing” boundaries.

  • andy March 1, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Makes no sense whatsoever. In 2013, pretty much the only game released by Microsoft was Gears of War Judgment. So by your logic, the only reason people bought an Xbone (and lets be honest, DAMN all people did) was for “lack of exclusives” on their current console.

  • Big Bobby March 1, 2015 at 11:37 AM

    You didn’t need to be a rocket science to work out that The Order was nothing special, other than the graphics. The hype before launch was 99% about the graphics. I suppose there’s a bit of truth in the fact that the PS4 was crying out for a big game, so that added to the sales of the game and also the console. Still, most people knew how it was going to turn out and paid £50 tops for it. If people continue to pay silly money for games with fancy graphics that lack game play, then it’ll continue.

  • Tha Truth March 1, 2015 at 2:54 PM

    The reason so many people bought The Order: 1886 was because it was the best game of February. The same way that SO MANY MILLIONS of people are buying PS4 over the Xbox is because the PS4 is a far superior console. It’s hilarious, really. The ignorant, low – IQ brainwashed paupers who run their desperate “Save the Xbox” campaign always like to slam PS4 exclusives like Driveclub and The Order but the truth is if the Xbox had more games LIKE The Order and less peasant garbage like Halo and Forza maybe it wouldn’t be at the bottom of the sales charts every single week.

  • coolgamer March 1, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    lack of women made some guys turn gay. could you believe that ?

    – full 6 months 24/7 job
    – 10000 articles begging people to cancel their preorders
    – 10000 articles claiming the order would flop, because of all those “issues”
    – 10000 reviews, copy/paste from the big guys, with 3 and 2/10 scores
    – 5000 articles explaining, with arguments, why those scores were justified, and why The order sucks
    – n4g posting 1000 degrees news about the awful ps4 exclusive game
    – 100’000 xbox fans posting comments, so happy because the order has received ultra low scores, and sits at 65% at metacritics


    … THe order 1886 has been selling like crazy, worldwide, and millions of buyers are sending a massive middle finger to the american press, that did all they could to bash another ps4 exclusive title.

    so, after all this, all we have to say and do is :


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