Ready at Dawn
June 10, 2014 | 7:30 a.m.
There is no hiding from the flat-screen TVs in the Irvine offices of video game studio Ready at Dawn. With the workplace blinds shuttered, even a sunny morning finds employees’ faces lit by little more than a digital glow. These dozen-plus TVs were essentially high-definition clocks, each of them counting down a series of deadlines leading to this week’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in downtown Los Angeles. At E3, Ready at Dawn’s Dickensian-looking fantasy game “The Order: 1886” will stand before an estimated 45,000 industry luminaries, journalists and retailers, and its demos and trailers will be poked, prodded and analyzed. E3 may present a make-or-break moment for the small Orange County studio of 130 employees and its still-in-development game. The conference will set the tone, one of either anticipation or indifference, for the months between now and the game’s Feb. […]