Two years ago, Electronic Arts’ rebooted Medal of Honor faced off against Activision’s Call of Duty: Black Ops. That round may have gone to Black Ops, but Medal of Honor managed to establish a beachhead from which to stage its next assault.
Flash forward to today, and the two franchises are set to square off once again. Medal of Honor: Warfighter leads the charge, just as MoH did back in 2010, releasing October 23, 2012. Black Ops 2 follows by mere weeks, with a release date of November 13, 2012. During last weekend’s UEFA Champions League Final, a new trailer (above) debuted, demonstrating just how different Medal of Honor: Warfighter is from its primary competition this time around.
Treyarch’s decision to set Black Ops 2 in the near future may be the right move for the franchise, but it leaves Medal of Honor: Warfighter as the only real choice this Fall for players who prefer current, real-world settings in their military shooters. Authenticity has been a driving concern for MoH developer Danger Close Games from the get-go. In a recent interview with Games On Net, Creative Director Rich Farrelly discusses the importance of authenticity and an emotionally compelling story to Medal of Honor: Warfighter.
“…we are differentiating ourselves by telling the soldier’s story from the soldier’s point of view, and kinda really growing that emotional level.”
“What are our core tenets? Authenticity. We’re hitting that in spades from having a guy like Tyler [Grey, spec-ops veteran and Warfighter consultant] on the project. Having him and the other two dozen guys that are helping us out, I feel like we’ve got that. We’ve absolutely gained their trust by showing respect to the material. “
A lot has changed for the new game. Danger Close is developing Medal of Honor: Warfighter on DICE’s Frostbite 2.0, the same engine that powered last year’s Battlefield 3. Additionally, Warfighter’s multiplayer mode is being developed in-house this time, rather than being farmed out to a separate studio. Nevertheless, 2010′s Medal of Honor casts a long shadow, and is sure to color opinions on Warfighter — for better or worse. Farrelly offers his take on the situation:
“The Metacritic rating was a lot lower than what we would’ve liked. I’m gonna save my comments on what I think about that site! But you know what? It was the best-selling Medal of Honor ever. It came up on 6 million units sold. No one ever mentions that. We’re really proud of that. I think there was a really high bar of expectation set for us, and maybe we didn’t meet certain aspects of that. The single-player campaign had its issues, but overall I think it stands on its own two feet – and we’ve definitely been listening to the feedback over the past few years, and we’ve been addressing a lot of things.”
What do you think, Ranters: is Warfighter the game that will rocket Medal of Honor to the top of the military shooter heap? Which are you more interested in, Warfighter’s authentic take on present-day conflict, or Black Op’s speculative, futuristic setting? Which game are you itching to play? Let us know in the comments below.
Medal of Honor: Warfighter releases October 23, 2012, for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.
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Source: Games On Net