We knew all along that 2012 would see the release of a sequel to 2010's Medal of Honor. It was teased in the Battlefield 3 retail packaging and we knew at this year's Game Developer's Conference in San Francisco that developer Danger Close Games would be making an announcement, likely unveiling the title of the sequel along with gameplay details.
Yesterday, the news came early however, and thanks to OXM we know that Medal of Honor 2 would actually be titled Medal of Honor: Warfighter. Electronic Arts confirmed the news on the official MoH site along with artwork for the sequel.
As FPS fans are well aware, the modern era-based Medal of Honor reboot failed to live up to the hype EA set as a "Call of Duty killer" and was followed up by EA admitting themselves that the game didn't meet their own quality expectations (why was it released then without more work?). Part of that problem - outside of a lackluster single-player campaign - was that its multiplayer mode was developed separately by DICE (Battlefield 3) and felt disjointed with the rest of the game.
For Medal of Honor: Warfighter however, Danger Close Games will be making use of DICE's Frostbite 2 game engine that makes Battlefield 3 so pretty, but they'll be handling development duties all by themselves this time. We now have to ask what this game will offer to compete against Battlefield 3, Modern Warfare 3 and this year's new Call of Duty game.
Below is the preview art for Medal of Honor: Warfighter - it's possible this ends up as the cover art for the game.
The developers must enjoy Ubisoft's Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter games...
With EA admitting that they'll release a game that doesn't meet their own standards, the same game they hype up as being a "CoD killer," it's difficult to get excited for a new Medal of Honor - a game that will reduce the Battlefield 3 player base - until we see gameplay footage and what new features it'll offer. What we can say is that another basic single-player campaign with standard FPS multiplayer modes won't cut it. We have that. Show us something new on March 6th at this event! Game Rant will be there.
Medal of Honor: Warfighter releases in October, likely for PC, PS3, Xbox 360 and potentially, the Wii U.
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