EA Talks Up ‘Medal of Honor 2′ & New ‘Need For Speed’ As 2012 Releases

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Like Activision has multiple Call of Duty developers (Infinity Ward, Treyarch, Sledgehammer Games) which allows them to release a new installment every fall, EA is following the exact same strategy. DICE and Danger Close Games will alternate releases each year: Medal of Honor came in 2010, Battlefield 3 in 2011, and this year will see Medal of Honor 2 with Battlefield 4 likely coming in 2013.

Another annualized EA product is Need for Speed which, as of late, has seen more than one Need for Speed release per year on average, and another coming this fall. None of this news regarding these major EA properties comes as surprising, but this morning they confirmed it behind closed doors.

UK video games retailer GAME was invited to an Electronic Arts event where a few new games were shown off and attendees could get hands-on with upcoming titles including one of our most anticipated of the year, SSX. While at the event, GAME’s official Twitter kept fans updated

“This morning we’re at an EA presentation, where we hope to see some pretty cool games! Don’t know what we can say yet but stay tuned!”

Followed by the now-mysteriously-deleted tweet:

“Had mentions of a new Medal of Honor and Need for Speed 13! EA have an exciting year ahead.”

Uh oh. They weren’t supposed to say that… But really, it doesn’t matter. Need for Speed titles now debut annually at the very minimum and we’ve known all along that Medal of Honor 2 would debut this year. Developer Danger Close revealed they were working on a follow-up since Medal of Honor released in 2010 and more recently, the packaging of Battlefield 3 makes mention of the next MoH game.

Medal of Honor represented a classic case of EA overhyping their own product and when it debuted, it was hit with average review scores for being a solid shooter, but nothing special. It was a rather standard product that suffered from its multiplayer component feeling entirely disconnected from the campaign (because it was developed by DICE separately) and not as appealing as Call of Duty: Black Ops’ offerings that year.

EA even admitted to it after the fact, revealing they were disappointed with Medal of Honor reboot and that it “didn’t meet their quality expectations” – One wonders why it was released then…

With Battlefield 3 coming out and offering incredible visuals and vehicular gameplay on larger maps as an alternative to Call of Duty, what will the next Medal of Honor offer that will make players want to switch or play it instead? We’ll just have to wait and see but we hope Danger Close is taking notes of the good parts (and bad) of the other franchises’ current multiplayer offerings.

As for Need for Speed, it’s possible this year’s title is a Hot Pursuit sequel or something entirely new since Shift also got a sequel last year.

What would you like to see from a new Need for Speed and Medal of Honor 2?

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Source: GAME (via Eurogamer)

TAGS: Criterion Games, Danger Close Games, DICE, Electronic Arts, Medal of Honor, Medal of Honor 2, Need for Speed, Need for Speed Hot Pursuit, PC, PS3

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  1. I want to see Need 4 Speed do a Most Wanted or Underground again but I won’t hold my breath.

    • Another underground would rock

  2. As to MOH, I can’t wait to see what they do for the single player Campaign, the first one was fantastic. So I can care less about the multi player as long as the SP is up to par with the last one.

    • I think a lot of FPS’s need to really work on their single player campaigns. I know MP is the big thing for these types of games but not everybody is addicted to MP and campaigns should get some attention as well. Now I didn’t play MOH but if the campaign is as good as you say then that’s awesome.

      • MOHs campaign was ok, not great or “fantastic” but something about it stood out. Maybe because it was based on real events and people, kind of felt like it had heart compared to a shallow shooting genre. Idk, just thoughts.

  3. It was, I sugjest you try and rent it. The story is based on real events to a degree and the it is compelling and just plain fun to play. The MP is why it got only decent reviews.

  4. Hoping for a new Hot Pursuit. With a Ferrari.

  5. I have a feeling the next Battlefield will probably be Bad Company 3 or 2143 rather than 4. Just a guess, though.

    • Agreed

  6. I would like to see a new Need for Sped Underground. The Underground games were my favorite NFS games and The Run was very disappointing.

  7. Battlefield 3 and Bad Company 2 are completely different games yes same creator and company made them but BF3 is after BF2 exclusively for PC from 2002.

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  10. the run didn’t disappoint me. i was promised a truly cinematic experience and got it. now i loved the free drive option in hot pursuit. i think the next need for speed should be kinda like hot pursuit but the only menus should be at the press start screen and when you pause the game. no more world map. it should just be free drive to get to anything you want to get done. i also love the fact that there hasn’t been modification in recent games. looking back, i don’t want more games where you’re more worried about the stupid paint on your imaginary car or how the imaginary hood opens as opposed to just driving the imaginary thing…

  11. Alright I’ll buy MOH2, but that won’t keep me from what Treyarch is doing. I used to be an MOH fan until European Assault. Then I stopped and jumped ships with COD which I’ve been playing since it first debuted in 2003. I played MOH since it debuted in 1999. I played the reboot which was ok, but I spent most of my time with Black Ops. I was really disappointed into what EA did to MOH. But I’ll give them another chance as long as they don’t screw up. MOH used to be about a one-man army now it’s simply a COD knockoff taking place on the fronts.

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