Ready At Dawn To Go Multiplatform
It looks like The Order 1886 developer, Ready At Dawn will be heading into the world of multiplatform development. The company has named former Blizzard COO Paul Sams, its new CEO. Sams has stated that the company wants to create its own ‘transmedia IP’ (The Order IP belonging to Sony) and is on the hunt for investors to make that happen.
Ready At Dawns current CEO Ru Weerasuriya, will now become company president and chief creative officer. Paul Sams will mainly be looking after the business aspect of things so that Weerasuriya can focus on actual development. In a press release on the Ready At Dawn website it was stated:
“It is never easy finding someone to take over the reins of a company after this many years, but I cannot think of anyone better suited to guide the team as we look to the future. He is one of the most accomplished, respected and experienced leaders in our industry” said Ru Weerasuriya. “With Paul’s arrival, our studio in Irvine will turn its attention solely to creative and game development, while Austin will become the focus of our business endeavors. Paul’s expertise and industry knowledge positions us well to reach our company goals, including securing a strategic partner which will allow us to retain ownership of the transmedia IPs that we create.”
While speaking in an interview with Game Informer, Paul Sams answered a question about Ready At Dawn’s continued relationship with Sony. He said:
We have enjoyed a long and mutually beneficial relationship with Sony. They are a great company with whom we have shared many successes over the years. As a result, it is hard to imagine not seeing our future games on one or more of the Sony platforms. At the same time, we have worked very hard to make sure that our engine and technology suite is multiplatform. What we did on the PS4 for The Order: 1886, we can also do today on Xbox One, PC, and on an additional unannounced platform.
It could be assumed that Sony had lost any interest in continuing to work with the developer after The Order 1886’s lackluster performance, but this split could also have been planned for some time. As a result of this, the future of The Order IP should now be questioned. Will Sony ship it to another one of their in house studios, will they drop it entirely, or will Ready At Dawn continue to work on the franchise? Only time will tell on that front.
Considering how recently The Order was released, it could be some time before we hear what Ready At Dawn are up to next. The studio is working on two of their own IP’s at the moment , but they aren’t very far along in the development process. It’s unlikely that announcements will be made at E3 next week, but never say never regarding announcement of any sort, they are now a developer who could show up at anyone’s conference.