The Order: 1886 Devs Get Brand New Website; Explain Development Philosophy and Show the Studio

on December 8, 2014 10:31 AM

If you want to know more about Ready at Dawn, the developer behind The Order: 1886 get ready for a treat. The Irvine-based studio got a brand new website with quite interesting content.

The url is the same as before, but the site is completely new, with a section where you can learn about RAD’s games, a renewed career opportunities area, and quite a few pictures of the studio itself, which you can also see at the bottom of this post.

We also get a great overview of Ready at Dawn’s development philisophy.

Ready At Dawn is a game development studio with a single mission: making fun games a lot of people want to play. We know it sounds trite and basic, but reality sometimes is much simpler than we pretend it to be.

We could tell you that we have a “magical recipe” for making great games or we could tell you that, because we have been doing this for so long, we have somehow figured out a whole bunch of game-making “secrets” no one else has, but we’d be kidding ourselves, and you would not believe us anyhow!

Yet, while hardly secret, there are a few things we have learned about making games. We haven’t composed that “magical recipe” just yet, still we have been able to distill our vision into a few fundamental principles… the essence of Ready At Dawn, if you will.

We learned that making games requires a lot of hard work, a good deal of talent, and an appreciation for the complex social dynamics which emerge when a team of artists sweats on a project for months, sometimes years at a time.

We learned that great game makers are ruled and driven by their child-like nature. To accept, even to embrace this fact is essential for any game developer hoping to let fun spill into their creations. At Ready At Dawn, we are so much in touch with our “inner child” that at times we have trouble locating our “outer adult.”

We learned that technology is only a mean to an end. While we love the challenge and the rush of technological innovation as much as any other developer, we will not let our games become digital ego-trips. Our technology will serve the needs of our designs.

We learned that the very best developers are those who have a variety of interests and passions, and that never let their lives be defined by a single activity or association. We will always try to encourage exploration and nurture personality. Drones and one-dimensional minds have no place at Ready At Dawn.

We learned that the biggest obstacle between an inspired vision of a game and a shipping product is the daily grind. Like sculptors, game makers must carve, chisel, and sometimes cleave their visions out of solid nothing, and their patience is routinely put to the test by mundane or tedious tasks. Turning the grind into a tool to harness creativity is what a great team does, and what makes the difference between a game that ships by default, and one that becomes the best it could be.

We learned that it is possible for people who work hard together to like and respect each other. That is the case with the team at Ready At Dawn, and it will be our highest priority to make sure it remains that way.

Hard not to agree with the point about hard work (or everything else, really), and it definitely shows every time we see something new about The Order: 1886.

 /  Executive News Editor
Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.
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