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Medal of Honor: Warfighter’s poor reviews could spark the end of the franchise – Pachter

Wednesday, 31st October 2012 17:18 GMT By Jeff Dunn

As we informed you yesterday, sales of the recently-released Medal of Honor: Warfighter have fallen below expectations. Now, one analyst believes the shooter’s poor reception may have put the future of its franchise in jeopardy.

Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter believes (via GamesIndustry) that Warfighter’s mediocre reviews could be the death knell for the Medal of Honor series, as well as EA’s attempts to knock off Call of Duty publisher Activision’s stranglehold on the shooter scene.

“The last iteration of Medal of Honor received an average Metacritic score of 75 in 2010 (after its predecessor received an average score of 73 in 2007), and EA management committed to improving quality with this year’s release,” Pachter said.

“Instead, with an average score of only 50, the game is likely to fall short of revenue expectations by $100 million or more. Perhaps more importantly, the poor performance of Medal of Honor makes it highly unlikely that EA can deliver significant digital revenues from DLC subscriptions next year, and sets the company up for a disappointing comparison to the $204 million in digital revenues it expects from Battlefield this year.”

Pachter believes that Warfighter’s scores may have “destroyed” any chance for a possible sequel. He says that those who pre-ordered or quickly bought the game may now feel alienated as a result of their buying a (according to reviews, at least) poor product.

Despite the relative successes of the Battlefield franchise, EA’s other leading first-person shooter series, Pachter finds it “unlikely” that EA will “take Activision’s mantle as the leading developer of first-person shooters” anytime soon.

“It may be too late for the Medal of Honor brand, as a score as low as this one received may be fatal.”

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20 Comments

  1. G1GAHURTZ

    Well, it would be pretty convenient timing, what with Respawn’s new title surely due around 2014, no?

    Then maybe they will look to alternate BF with that title instead of MoH.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. hitnrun

    Franchises don’t end, they just go dormant for a few years before an executive says, “Hey, you know what could be a really good property to use?” Exhibit A is the current run of MOH games themselves.

    My personal favorite was the EA guy who said they were really interested in putting the Sims…online, before the servers for The Sims: Online had even cooled off from their final shutdown.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Edo

    “Medal of Honor: Warfighter’s poor reviews should spark the end of the franchise”.fixed

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Demigod

    Can we have some ww2 games again please? Perhaps use some modern tech to tell some stories rather than the old go here blow x up. I don’t really care for “realism” I want games to have some yes but I also want them to be fun. Modern shooters are a touch to close for me dont really know why. Id rather have a John Wayne war film in game form than a modern “realistic” shooter.

    thats just me though.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. DSB

    Initially I passed because it was Origin bait, but looking at those reviews is kinda surprising.

    Looks like they derailed a perfectly good concept just to squeeze in as much emotional pornography as possible.

    I liked the last one, even though it was flawed, but clearly this has very few of those redeeming features.

    Thanks for making it Origin bait I guess.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. G1GAHURTZ

    What we need is a time travel FPS, where you can travel back to 1985 and shoot people while riding around on a skateboard made out of an old wooden crate.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. absolutezero

    Thats pretty much Timesplitters in both theme and content. Not exactly but it could easily be included.

    Its never going to happen though because no one would buy it and Crytek are boring as hell.

    “Sure we’ll make a shitty Kinect title that no one will buy, but a Timesplitters game? Get the hell out.”

    #7 2 years ago
  8. vicrysty

    I was tired of the games that take place in the period after the Second World War. I want to relive the emotion that I was feeling when playing games the Second World War. Medal of Honor was the first series that brought this period of history. So recreate this kind.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Belmont

    It would have been nice if they went for WW2, I really miss all the emotions and things that were in WW2 games.
    But in this topic, I simply think they should give it rest and begin with a new studio from scratch.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. DSB

    I don’t know what’s worse. The fact that the shooter assembly line only covers WW2 and the terror wars, or the fact that people seem to only want one or the other.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Erthazus

    MoH is the same like CoD.

    but the difference between them that MoH tries to be serious and fails in every way there is, while CoD tries to be silly and shitty and wins in that area.

    Thanks EA, GTFO.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. SameeR_Fisher

    Turn into a Special Ops — Realistic — Heavy on Stealth — Talking Deep Character — Realistic Plot, then you MAY have a winner.

    MoH2010 was good, but that’s it, good not great, Warfighter seems to be so much worse, so whatever the future brings, I hope it is something original.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. SplatteredHouse

    Is it likely that Danger Close is going to be able to stay open, when they’ve been responsible for, in turn, a stumbling MOH, followed by a billed improvement that is by most assessments inferior to their first attempt?
    What exactly do they bring to EA, if the results are as they’re reading – and, COD effect hasn’t even been felt, yet.

    @10: a change to ww2 will change nothing. They need something of a shift. A rethink in depth, to come up with something new. Something that isn’t fitted for yearly cycling. All that’s done is worn the thread thinner all the faster.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. SplatteredHouse

    #14 2 years ago
  15. DSB

    @13 Yeah. The one thing I’ll always love about Black Ops is that it went off the grid.

    There are a lot of interesting wars in the 20th century to choose from, with a lot of different implications for the soldiers who fought them.

    Simply sticking to the same two just makes it seem like everybody’s on autopilot.

    I know it’s commercial suicide, but I would love it if someone broke the mold on automatic weapons.

    Making it feel more survival than gung-ho, in having to reload your rifle and pick your shots accordingly. There’s a lot of gameplay waiting to be discovered there.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. JimFear-666

    my guess is that EA will probably close Dange close sooner or later since they did 2 game and both was a total failure.

    EA is all about profit and without profit you are no good for the company.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. LuLshuck

    Am telling you guys its frostbite engine 2, not only did it produce the shittest bf to date but also destroyed medal of honor and not to mention made the worst NFS ever

    #17 2 years ago
  18. freedoms_stain

    @15, mag-pool ammo? Whenever that gets brought up you’re unleashing the rage of the modern shooter fanboys. Magazines that don’t fill themselves? Preposterous!

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Digital Bamboo

    @15 I agree, I’d love to see a game without automatic weapons, where one shot kills, & enemies behave as if they actually value their lives. A range of enemy “personalities” from cowardly to courageous to foolhardy, could be expressed through good voice acting & other cues, and force you to get a sense of each situation, before you act. WWI could work, but there are really so many untapped time periods & possibilities with shooters. That’s just one example.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. osric90

    I miss the old good days of MOHAA… best WWII shooter EVER. Bring that to Steam and/or a faithful AAA remake to current-gen consoles and done.

    #20 2 years ago

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