Even though we recently reported on the fictional conflict depicted in Medal of Honor: Warfighter‘s narrative, almost every other aspect of Danger Close’s military FPS is aiming to stay grounded within the scope of real-world authenticity.
For the weapons of Medal of Honor: Warfighter, not only is publisher EA partnering with major manufactures like LaRue and McMillan to bring us the game’s tactical assortment of guns, but they’ve also taken it one step further – collaborating with SureFire and Trijicon to integrate the cutting edge attachments in use by today’s Tier One operators.
As a quick preview for the new gear, EA has released a pair of videos filmed during the Warfighter cover art shoot (Not surprisingly, it’s the skull-capped soldier from the reveal art taking over duties for Dusty’s beard.) The first features Executive Producer Greg Goodrich as he chats with SureFire’s Ron Canfield about tactical lights and suppressors with spikes – definitely handy in the returning stealth missions from Medal of Honor.
Next up is Trijicon’s Tom Munson. His discussion with Goodrich zooms in on a number of the optics players will utilize in Warfighter, including Trijicon’s new baby, the SRS non-magnified reflex sight. Munson predicts it will be the “next big thing in warfare,” and stated that the company’s other scopes are currently in circulation for around 500,000 U.S. soldiers.
We’re not quite sure how much relevance real-world attachment quality has when it comes to a video game. It’s hard to tell the difference between an ACOG in Modern Warfare 3, an ACOG in Battelfield 3, and an ACOG in Medal of Honor. But, if Warfighter aspires to live up to its billing as an authentic military shooter – an homage to the men and women serving on the front lines today – then being at the precipice of suppressor/scope/sight/jagged-spike suppressor technology couldn’t hurt.
Also hot off the press from Danger Close is a quintet of Warfighter screenshots. Expanding on a circa-GDC screen, all are tied to a hostage rescue mission in the new Philippines setting where operators infiltrate a seemingly smoldering objective via boat:
Our Medal of Honor review said it all: there’s plenty of work to be done if Danger Close wants to run its series up against Call of Duty (a nature of the business whether they like it or not) while also differentiating itself from EA’s very own Battlefield franchise. Hopefully the attention to pristine gear is reflected in Warfighter’s multiplayer, co-op, and storytelling down the road.
Medal of Honor: Warfighter releases on October 23rd, 2012 for the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.
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