Crafting the world and visuals of The Order: 1886 has been a long and hard fought labor of love from the art and creative team at Ready At Dawn Studios, and it is our great pleasure to now be able to share some of the massive trove of visual development and production art that we have brought to life along the way. Curated by our lead concept artist Joe Studzinski, alongside our talented design partners at BlueCanvas, we are proud to present the Blackwater Archives | The Art of The Order: 1886, a beautifully leather bound art book, spanning over 260 pages of some of the most spectacular work from the project, and now available for purchase on Amazon.
Convincing players to accept the plausibility of half-breed creatures and Nikola Tesla designed arc guns, co-existing alongside a vibrant realization of a Victorian London right out of a period film, was both an exciting and daunting challenge for us, but it was one we embraced wholeheartedly. From fusing the lore of our world into painstaking recreations of historical architecture and locations, to the meticulous tailoring of unique costumes for each Knight down to the very fabric and stitching of the era, we set out to completely blur the lines between the historical reality that was and our vision of what it could have been, with a degree of research and attention to detail that bordered on the obsessive.
In the pages of this book, we have hand selected a wide range of pieces to reflect all aspects of the game, covering characters, creatures, weapons, props, and environments, from the earliest conceptual sketches through final production art. With such an enormous library of beautiful work to choose from, we tried to select pieces that were not only a stunning representation of the artistry behind The Order: 1886, but that also give people a deeper insight to the creative and artistic thought process that went into building characters, technology, and a world with its own cohesive sense of identity of time, place, and history — believable, but slightly off from our own.
We are thrilled to be able to give our fans such a deep look into the rich visuals behind The Order: 1886, and this book is a wonderful testament to the collective vision of a group of incredibly talented artists that I have the privilege of working with on a daily basis. We hope you find the same sense of inspiration and wonder within these pages that we did in its creation.