The newest Medal of Honor game strives to show the human side of elite soldiers.
Medal of Honor: Warfighter sees the return of Medal of Honor’s Preacher and Mother, with the former at the heart of the story.
“When we begin our story there is sort of this crossroads that Preacher has come to that the relationship with his wife can go either way. She needs help raising their child and she is about to give up. But Preacher he is a fighter and he is going to do whatever it takes to repair that and fix that,” producer Greg Goodrich told GameHunters.
“It all comes to a head. That is sort of the crux of these two individuals and her understanding why he does what he does and who he is and truly why he is gone all the time because she now sees the evil in the world that he sees.
“Likewise, it becomes very real to him in the sense that the issues that they had and the things they argued about maybe weren’t as important as they thought they were at the time. It’s the kind of story you don’t normally get in a game about war.”
One of the dozens of Tier One operators brought in to consult on the game’s story, known only by the name Nate, said the 2010 reboot showed real world soldiers that the series could be respectful and entertaining.
“Through the growing pains of that last (game) and the amount of money they were able to raise [for the Navy SEAL Warrior Fund], it really opened up their eyes on how tastefully they were able to portray the men and really opened up the door,” he said.
The operator said the new story is capable of conveying “a better sense of the [Tier One] community and who these guys are” and also that “the story really touches people”.
“It is meant to be entertaining, and we hope people really enjoy that, but in the process there’s a lot of misconceptions that will be stripped and there’s a lot of clichés that will be destroyed. And there’s a lot of humor that will be injected. But at the end of it you hope people get a sense of wow this is not who I thought these guys were. They are very likeable, very approachable very family-oriented guys,” he said.
Warfighter is the first game in the series to depart from historical fiction in real world conflicts, instead spinning a story based on a topical military threat.
“It’s focused on the threat of PETN [pentaerythritol tetranitrate], a nasty, nasty explosive that we have all been faced with over the last few years whether you realize it or not,” Goodrich said.
“It’s a very real world threat that the guys are faced with keeping off our shores and out of our shopping malls and train stops. Every mission in the game has a dotted line to something that has been either inspired by actual events or has happened or is loosely based on something that has happened.”
Medal of Honor: Warfighter is due for full reveal at a press event outside GDC, and will release in October.