Linkin Park Jumps Onboard with Medal of Honor

July 28, 2010Written by Mike Hartnett

The soundtrack for EA’s upcoming FPS blockbuster, Medal of Honor, is slowly being compiled, and it seems that the company is going for an all-new type of sound by bringing in one of the few rock bands that can not only rock your socks off, but move you emotionally at the same time.

EA has just announced a partnership with none-other than the hard-hitting Linkin Park to help skyrocket its Medal of Honor franchise to levels yet unknown. Aside from being a superb group of performers, Linkin Park is certainly not shy when it comes to putting together tracks that inspire and move audiences. The group has enjoyed tremendous success with their tracks “What I’ve Done” and “New Divide”, which were featured in Transformers 1 and 2. Their newest song “The Catalyst” accompanies the latest trailer for Medal of Honor, which we have here for your viewing pleasure.

EA’s Steve Schnur commented on the partnership, stating the following:

“I’ve personally known the band since 1999, and they have always been an intensely creative group who understand the power of video games and have wanted to explore and expand the medium’s possibilities. ‘The Catalyst’ is one of the most anticipated tracks of the year, and the combination of this new song and Joe Hahn’s distinctive visual dynamic re-sets the bar in our commitment to bringing together landmark EA games with artists whose talents go far beyond music.”

This is certainly a very different way to go about composing the game’s soundtrack compared to the route that Activision’s Modern Warfare series decided to take with the orchestral approach of Hanz Zimmer. Either way, this seems like a winning combination with a game that is shaping up to be quite epic, along with an equally impressive band behind it. The video for ‘The Catalyst’ will hit the airwaves on August 1st, with the song’s full release coming one day later.

So, which style do you prefer? Would you rather go with the stirring orchestral compositions of Hanz Zimmer or the gritty, emotional, hard-hitting style that resonates with Linkin Park? Do you think this was a good move for EA? Let us know in the comments below!

Medal of Honor, along with the game’s soundtrack, will be hitting stores across the globe on October 15th. Until then, be sure to stay tuned to PlayStation LifeStyle for all your Medal of Honor updates.