Some of you might not remember this, but at one time the Medal of Honor franchise was the premier first-person shooter of the gaming industry. After annual releases that failed to improve upon the success of the original title, sales began to wain and fans of the series started to look elsewhere. This eventually lead a small team of developers from the Medal of Honor team leaving, which resulted in the creation of a little developer known as ‘Infinity Ward‘. The rest is history and the last next-gen Medal of Honor game to hit was in 2007, MOH: Aiborne, which didn’t exactly change fans opinions of the series, especially since Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare arrived at the same time. EA Los Angeles and DICE have been given the responsibility of bringing Medal of Honor into the modern times and are confident that this newest entry will bring the series back into the forefront of the FPS scene.
During an interview with Industry Gamers, Greg Goodrich, Executive Producer of the newest Medal of Honor, was asked his opinion on the fact that EA’s FPS stable is going to be quite full, seeing as EA owns the Battlefield series, is helping publish Crysis 2, Bulletstorm, and whatever title Respawn Entertainment is working on.
I think so, I really do. Again, as long as you show up with quality, and EA certainly has shown its commitment to this franchise; we ‘ve got a fully-staffed team here in Los Angeles and a fully staffed team in Sweden at DICE working on multiplayer. That’s not necessarily the most economic way of doing things, but what it does show is Electronic Arts’ commitment to the franchise and getting it right. So again, this is a chance for us to, as Rich, my colleague said, our chance to get Medal of Honor back into the conversation amongst the great shooters.
With EA LA solely focusing 100% of their time and energy into making the singe-player campaign the best it can be, plus DICE working their magic on the multiplayer mode, Medal of Honor’s Tier 1 operators looks like they could very well take the first-person shooter scene by storm when it releases this Fall on October 12th in the US and October 15th in Europe. You’ve been warned, Call of Duty: Black Ops.