Electronic Arts (EA) says that it’s giving the Medal of Honor first-person shooter (FPS) franchise a breather. However, the company won’t be taking a break from producing FPS games — instead, EA says that it’s working on a new Battlefield game, which it plans to show off in the next 90 days.
As you may or may not know, the last Medal of Honor (MoH) game, Medal of Honor: Warfighter, was panned by critics. Reviewers slammed the FPS for failing to introduce anything new to the standard blow-up-terrorists-in-far-off-warzones model.
As a result, the game missed EA’s sales expectations, prompting the company to recently announce that it is taking MoH “out of rotation.” In effect, that should mean it will be a while before we see another Medal of Honor game. Here’s hoping that, when the franchise returns, it’s sporting a more original theme.
Of course, MoH’s timeout doesn’t mean EA is giving up on the whole blasting-meanies-in-the-Middle-East concept. Instead, the company has announced that it plans to unveil Battlefield 4 in the next three months or so. In an attempt to make up with disappointed MoH: Warfighter players, EA says that owners of that game will get early access to the Battlefield 4 beta.
That has prompted some industry insiders to criticize the firm for ignoring loyal Battlefield fans while attempting to woo Warfighter players to its long-running Battlefield franchise.
Although details about Battlefield 4 remain sparse, it’s expected the game will be produced for next-generation consoles like the Xbox 720 and PlayStation 4. Insiders speculate that the game could be released sometime this fall, perhaps as a launch title for one (or both) of those upcoming consoles.
Here’s hoping that EA tries something new with BF4. Certainly BF3’s multiplayer – which takes advantage of the Frostbite engine’s destructible environments and allows players to pilot vehicles – was excellent, but the single player action was a total bore.
What do you guys think? Would you be satisfied with an update to the BF3 model or are you looking for something completely new?