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Medal of Honor reboot is modern-day shooter, will hit in 2010

Wednesday, 2nd December 2009 17:03 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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EA just confirmed that its Medal of Honor reboot is a modern-day shooter set in Afghanistan. It’s releasing next year for PC, 360 and PS3.

The game centres on the Tier 1 Operator, “a relatively unknown entity directly under the National Command Authority who takes on missions no one else can handle.”

Tier 1 Operator is a real “thing,” apparently, and the dev team’s been working with the unit to “create the most authentic modern war experience.” It’s inspired by real events.

EALA’s done the single-player, while DICE has developed the online side.

The first movie will be shown at the VGAs on December 12.

PR after the break.

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EA ANNOUNCES ‘MEDAL OF HONOR’
Franchise Re-booted with New Development Teams, New Soldier, New Setting

Guildford, UK – December 2, 2009 – Medal of Honor™ returns to the front lines, this time in today’s war. For the first time in the franchise’s 10-year history, Medal of Honor is leaving the WWII theatre and putting players in war-torn Afghanistan. Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) today revealed that in 2010, Medal of Honor, an all-new first-person shooter game, will introduce the Tier 1 Operator: a relatively unknown entity directly under the National Command Authority who takes on missions no one else can handle. The development team has been working closely with Tier 1 Operators from the US Special Operations Community since the earliest stages of development to create the most authentic modern war experience. Set against the backdrop of a rugged and brutal landscape, Medal of Honor depicts modern military operations through the lens of a small band of fictional characters. Inspired by real events, Medal of Honor reveals the mission of today’s most elite soldier – his will, his mindset and his uncompromising professionalism.

Medal of Honor is being built with a best-in-class single-player campaign. The Medal of Honor development team at EALA has been hand-selected by the studio leadership of General Manager Sean Decker, Executive Producer Greg Goodrich and Senior Creative Director Rich Farrelly. To compliment the single-player experience, EALA has enlisted the multiplayer expertise at EA DICE. This team will develop the multiplayer experience of Medal of Honor. These two studios are coming together to deliver a world-class Medal of Honor that is poised to re-set and re-boot the franchise for a new generation.

“When we first set out to reinvent Medal of Honor, we wanted to stay true to its roots of authenticity and respect for the soldier but bring it into today’s war. The Tier 1 Operator is the most disciplined, deliberate and prepared warrior on the battlefield. He is a living, breathing, precision instrument of war.” said Greg Goodrich, Executive Producer, Medal of Honor. “We are honored to have the rare opportunity to work closely with these men to create a game that shares their experience.”

“EA has always been an advocate for telling the soldiers’ story. The new Medal of Honor follows that tradition. We felt it was important to tell the story of today’s war and today’s elite soldiers via today’s most relevant medium – videogames,” said Sean Decker, VP and General Manager of EALA. “We are so proud to bring together two powerhouse development teams to make this game a reality; EA Los Angeles and EA DICE. Medal of Honor promises to be an unforgettable entry in the modern shooter genre.”

Tune in to Spike TV’s 2009 Video Game Awards on Saturday, December 12 at 8pm PST for a world-premier first-look at Medal of Honor.

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  1. reask

    Nice one.
    It should be good I am a fan of the MOH franchise.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. dirigiblebill

    Medal of Honor versus Modern Warfare is the new Pro Evo versus FIFA, then.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Wakkum

    Check out the boxart too. Got to love the beard:

    http://ea.gamespress.com/release.asp?i=1234

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Uncontested

    Actually I’d give more credit to Bad Company 2 than Medal of Honor.. oddly enough being created by EA and DICE who MADE BFBC2.. lol

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Patrick Garratt

    Just added the box art for you.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Psychotext

    Someone wants a slice of that tasty MW pie.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Eregol

    This
    is
    gonna
    be
    shit

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Patrick Garratt

    I’ll be very interested to see whether or not this makes the grade. There’s no way it can be anything less than “amazing”.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Robo_1

    Who could blame them for targeting CoD really? Should be interesting though, I’ve always had a soft spot for the MoH series.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Harry

    Seems only fair EA riffing on MW2, given that Call of Duty started as former MoH devs creating their own WW2 shooter based on Medal of Honor.

    Interesting to see the focus on single player game in the press release. Hopefully the single player game will be much stronger than MW2 without going down the controversy route. After all when Medal of Honor first appeared one of the strongest selling points was the respect it paid to those who had fought and died.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Hunam

    EALA aren’t exactly superstars, DICE are though, so the multiplayer will be good at least.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Hunam

    Also, what’s with the beard on the cover? Shirly a generic soldier would be a better cover.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Harry

    Beard probably there due to trying to fit in with locals on covert missions.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Gekidami

    Or to look like Price. :D

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Bikki

    Everyeone is going modern warfare.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. mescalineeyes

    looks like a hobo.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. McLovin85

    I’m sorry but that box art is terrible. Automatically makes me think of dumb American red-necks running around blwing shit up.
    Gameplay: Go round shooting people or tin cans from porches, stealthily or from the comfort of ur own customizable wooden rocking chair. Bonus XP if you manage to ride someone over with ur ‘Big Wheeler’ :P

    #17 5 years ago
  18. jeremycafe

    “Also, what’s with the beard on the cover? Shirly a generic soldier would be a better cover.”

    Secret forces in the us military do not have normal grooming standards of ‘generic soldier’s. They probably made that after one of the ‘real’ soldiers from the unit they claim to be working with. They allow special units to grow out their facial hair and hair length to fit in.

    Considering that’s what they claim the story will follow, the cover art is fitting.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. Redh3lix

    Enjoyed COD 4 but Modern Warfare 2 is a pile of shit. Medal of Honour CAN easily proove a better shooter. It’s just a case of will it.

    #19 5 years ago
  20. Dralen

    Some ultra-violent singleplayer story and a decent multiplayer is a win for me :P. It’s very interesting how it has been split between two developers. I just really hope they don’t bum over PC gamers, like Infinity Ward did with MW2.

    #20 5 years ago
  21. Michael O’Connor

    If my limited knowledge of the military (family background, long story) is accurate, then Tier 1 Operator is not an “entity” as such. It is a rank / position given only to military personal with the physical, emotional and moral fortitude to handle the U.S. military’s most gruelling operations. It is a very real and existing thing though.

    I’ll give Electronic Arts credit where credit is due. They’re clearly aiming for a level of authenticity, which automatically gives it a leg up over Call of Duty’s faux pas Delta Force like crap.

    I really hope they can stay true to the ideals and honourable memories of these soldiers, and not just fall back on a lazy Hollywood action approach. I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

    #21 5 years ago
  22. Bojangles

    A game with Dan le Sac on the box?

    Sold.

    #22 5 years ago
  23. loki

    Just poor try to copy COD MW. Fail

    #23 5 years ago
  24. Hunam

    Was it poor for IW to try and copy MoH though?

    It’s how this industry works.

    #24 5 years ago
  25. M2Kx

    im excited about it
    MOH > BF :)

    #25 5 years ago
  26. Khanivor

    @22 – if they make ‘Thou Shalt Always Kill’ the theme music…

    #26 5 years ago
  27. NoxNoctisUmbra

    MW2 was disappointing (dont lie to yourself)
    I think EA will put shit load of money into this one.. and will be a awesome and a better title

    #27 5 years ago
  28. freedoms_stain

    Who gave the dude from ZZ Top a gun?

    #28 5 years ago
  29. jeremycafe

    “MW2 was disappointing (dont lie to yourself)
    I think EA will put shit load of money into this one.. and will be a awesome and a better title”

    The only disappointing part of MW2 to me is the poor network code in multiplayer. The dead reckoning is terrible.

    Other than that, I find it hard to say it was anything other than blowing away expectations.

    #29 5 years ago
  30. mbreber

    Hope dedicated server will be supported!

    #30 5 years ago
  31. theevilaires

    “Medal of Honor reboot is a modern-day shooter set in Afghanistan”.

    FAIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    #31 5 years ago
  32. DJ Deathstar

    @Bojangles

    Think you actually mean Scroobius Pip since his the one with the beard but i know what you mean! Made me think of it too!

    #32 5 years ago
  33. OlderGamer

    I’m with Mr. O’Connor on this one. I think this game might have some legs, gonna have to wait and see.

    #33 5 years ago
  34. Uncontested

    “Secret forces in the us military do not have normal grooming standards of ‘generic soldier’s. They probably made that after one of the ‘real’ soldiers from the unit they claim to be working with. They allow special units to grow out their facial hair and hair length to fit in.”

    Actually thats not true. Sure there were some SF operators spotted with beards/long hair, shortly after the DoD ordered them to cut that sh!t out after the public got ahold of the pictures. Grooming standards may get loose in Iraq/Afghanistan but there are no full beards like that unless this “Medal of Honor” recipient is really a private contractor.

    #34 5 years ago
  35. spikeymike

    How come a game set in Afghanistan is ok but the Fallujah one is an outrage?

    #35 5 years ago
  36. G1GAHURTZ

    Wow.

    #36 5 years ago
  37. BHCPud

    unbelievable how badly kids keep up with current events ,this bearded bloke is for real,true speical forces adapt for the inviroment to blend in.

    Read any book on the SAS and you will see obscured faces with beards.

    anyway i’m pretty sure anything is better than mw2 as the multiplayer stands,and its bound to be a longer single player and if they invest in this game for gamers infinity can get knotted.

    back to medal of honour after quite a few years!

    Pud

    #37 5 years ago
  38. BraveArse

    What’s with the BeardHate? Beards are inherently awesome.

    #38 5 years ago