With the runaway success of Activision's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare franchise, it should come as no surprise to find that other top FPS developers want to create their own interpretations of current combat while hoping to make a dent in Infinity Ward's crown. EA is hoping to create the next great modern-day shooter as it brings the formerly past-focused Medal of Honor franchise to present-day Afghanistan. The company is bringing its two biggest soldiers to the frontlines, as EALA (developers of recent Medal of Honor games) will be creating the single-player component while DICE (of Battlefield franchise fame) will be working on the multiplayer component.
The story will be focused on a Tier 1 Operator--a special class of soldier trained to take on the most difficult of missions, while presumably not under the same hygiene standards as the rest of the army. We have yet to see any screens or video of the game in motion, but the game will have a trailer at next Saturday's Spike Video Game Awards. The game already has a dedicated website, Facebook page, and Twitter feed, so expect a constant flow of information about this upcoming game. The official press release follows, along with the PS3 European box art.
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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(tm) 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. 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.
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