Greg Goodrich, Executive Producer at Danger Close, has confirmed that his studio is in fact developing a follow up to 2010's Medal of Honor reboot. Interestingly, the new game is not currently being referred to as a direct sequel to last Fall's title, but merely as "the next Medal of Honor."
The last addition to the military-themed shooter series that started them all earned generally middling reviews, and was quickly forgotten in the wake of Call of Duty: Black Ops. Nevertheless, the game performed well enough at retail, with Goodrich claiming that over 5 million copies were sold. With any luck, the game may have laid the groundwork for an even more successful future.
News of the forthcoming game broke in a blog post titled "In Case You Were Wondering..." on the official Medal of Honor website. After thanking fans, Goodrich took a moment to subtly acknowledge some of the shortcomings of the previous game:
"Since our launch last October, we've studied, listened and absorbed much of your feedback and are very excited to be marching forward on the next title."
He then went on to respectfully acknowledge the support Medal of Honor has received from the military community:
"As you all know, our goal was to tell the story of today's soldier and to do so with the utmost respect and reverence. We’ve received many letters, emails and messages from active servicemen and women from around the world, along with veterans and their families, with appreciation for our recent depiction of their community. I can't tell you how important this is to everyone here at Danger Close Games. You are the heartbeat of this team and this franchise and we are privileged and honored to tell your story. Medal of Honor has always been fueled by the passion of our fans and the commitment and sacrifice shown by the men and women of our armed services."
Beyond confirming the existence of the game, and a suggesting that fans "check back often to the website and the fan page on Facebook," Goodrich had no further information to offer.
Electronic Arts has made no secret of its intention to rule the FPS roost. While admitting that the last Medal of Honor didn't meet quality expectations, the company has recently been bold enough to claim that Battlefield 3 will be the "best product in the industry," and have further teased an as-yet-unannounced exciting new FPS. Where exactly a new Medal of Honor fits in those plans is not entirely clear, nor is the timeframe of the game's release.
With Modern Warfare 3 apparently suffering a troubled development cycle, requiring that Raven and Sledgehammer be brought in to help, the time may be finally be right for Electronic Arts. Danger Close is still a relatively new studio, and its best work may be yet to come. For now, we'll just have to wait until more news on the forthcoming game is revealed.
Ranters, would you be willing to give Medal of Honor another try? Where and when do you think the game should be set?
Source: Medal of Honor