E3 '07: Medal of Honor Heroes 2 Wii Zapper Q&A

We chat with EA's Peter Choi about Medal of Honor Heroes 2 and Wii Zapper support.

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When Nintendo announced the Wii Zapper peripheral during its E3 07 press conference, Nintendo president Reggie Fils-Aime noted that several developers are working on games to make special use of the Zapper, including EA's upcoming shooter, Medal of Honor Heroes 2. We talked with EA producer Peter Choi over email about the latest Medal of Honor game and how it's working with the new Wii Zapper.

GameSpot: Is this a new Medal of Honor game, or a port of a game currently in development for other consoles?

Peter Choi: Medal of Honor Heroes 2 is a completely new game designed from the ground up with the Wii and PSP in mind and is not a port of any existing game. Players will take on all-new missions in the single-player campaign and enjoy massive, join-anytime multiplayer online battles with 32 players on both the Wii and PSP. Additionally, there’s a unique, new mode designed specifically for the Wii to make the game the most accessible shooter to date for all gamers of all skill levels and not just hardcore shooter fans.

GS: What features have you added to the game to make it Zapper-friendly?

PC: We have an entirely new game mode specifically designed around the Zapper that is incredibly fun to play with. In addition, you can use the Zapper to play the traditional single-player campaign and online multiplayer with unique, intuitive controller configurations designed specifically to support gameplay with the Zapper.

GS: Does the Zapper offer any distinct gameplay advantages over a traditional Wii Remote and Nunchuck setup?

PC: I think it’s more about preference and experiencing the action of a first-person shooter in a unique way. Playing Medal of Honor Heroes 2 with the Zapper and weapon gestures truly gives players an immersive and interactive, new way to experience WWII combat like never before.

GS: Have the developers tweaked the aiming and Wii Remote sensitivity options in the new game?

PC: We read the feedback from Wii shooter fans and developed this game to address their concerns and to make this game easy to pick up and play for all gamers. The development team has spent a tremendous amount of time to ensure the game’s controls and gestures are intuitive, responsive, and satisfying. We also continue to fine-tune the controls and we’re happy with the results and feedback we’ve received thus far from those that have played the game.

GS: When is the game coming out and are there any plans to bundle the Zapper peripheral with the game?

PC: The game will be available this holiday. Potential plans for a Zapper bundle have not been discussed at this point, but we’ll keep you updated as we have new information.

GS: Thanks, Peter!

Discussion

45 comments
sensei_rees
sensei_rees

looks pretty amazing. i hope they bundle it with a zapper. that would save me 20 bucks.

Dom-152
Dom-152

There's no split screen multiplayer dammit. I was interested until I found that out.

jjr10
jjr10

Sounds awesome!

Moldy10
Moldy10

They need to make voice chat for the Wii.

whacker40
whacker40

wii game+32 player online battles-crappy controls= instant preorder

petercaviar01
petercaviar01

i hope it has 4 player and that 3 other people can join you while you can play online that would be neat

Gally66
Gally66

with the zapper it should be intense playin with 31 other people

gcps2master
gcps2master

i wonder wha the controls for tis game will be without using the zapper..........anyone?

jbeasly
jbeasly

this is cool wii zapper+32 player online= super awesome

jimbo-b
jimbo-b

This could be interesting, though I'm wondering how much fun the Zapper itself will be. The online sounds great though!!

jcal0820
jcal0820

All this talk about Multi-Player.. what about voice chat support?? Will that be possible for Wii??

mkDSpro63
mkDSpro63

zomg, 32 players?! but wait, did peter choi just say zapper bundled with the game has not been discussed? cuz this whole time, i though every game compatible for wii zapper would come bundled with it -.-

alex20077
alex20077

omg cant wait for this one, its gonna be so fun

MOOKUU
MOOKUU

Cant Wait 4 this one.... : D

mergirox
mergirox

32 people online and you get to use a wii zapper.... Theres gotta be a catch

gstatus904
gstatus904

This Holiday Season its on This is a MUST GET

DrummerDude1010
DrummerDude1010

Now all we need is voice or even text chat for the wii and this game will be PERFECT!

fmobliv06
fmobliv06

32 players online? i didn't think the wii could handle it, but hopefully it can. because if the controls are good enough, multiplayer could warrant a purchase by itself

jimbo-b
jimbo-b

This game sounds like it could be a success if the developers keep up the good work. What they should really focus on is the controls, then worry about the other stuff.

WiiMan21
WiiMan21

Yes!! Thats what im talking about but i hope they have a lobby or clans of some sort. :D

watzup555
watzup555

32 ppl multiplayer. Finally a good game with big multiplayer comes out for Wii.

Drewman419
Drewman419

Dude....freakin 32 Multiplayer on the WII!!!!!

lyoko411
lyoko411

YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! a new wifi game for the wii

azn908
azn908

Yes!!!! Coming this holiday

msudude211
msudude211

Another quality interview from GS! :)

magicmo
magicmo

Seems like the ones with a Zapper will be toasting those on the PSP.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

It's great to see the Wii's online functionality really blooming this E3. By the end of next year it should hopefully have all it's games online. Not that I would do it mind you. I prefer to play against people in the same room as me. It's more fun.

jakeboudville
jakeboudville

I must try the wii zapper when it get over here one day with this game

icytower
icytower

The zapper should make Wii shooters better IMO.

juanfraino
juanfraino

holy crap 32 players on-line for Wii?! Great!

black_ice23
black_ice23

zapper sounds good but can't wait for the 32 multiplayer online

dieworm
dieworm

I hope this game reaches back to the glory days of Medal of Honor. By that I mean Allied Assault and its expansion packs. Great games. Clearly the best in the series.

Bansheesdie
Bansheesdie

32 player multiplayer on the Wii, thats awesome + Zapper = More awesome

Nova_Mongoose
Nova_Mongoose

It sucks that the Wii is closer technologically to the PSP than the PS3...That said, I hope this game is more like the old MOH games than the Call of Duty clones they've been producing. I want to infiltrate Nazi strongholds as a covert operative not as a squad leader!

DSJAM
DSJAM

I am so excited about the Zapper and I want more info about the online multiplayer.

Agreb91
Agreb91

I hope this game can make good use of the Wii Zapper.

DouglasBuffone
DouglasBuffone

I think that the zapper looks cool, I don't know exactly why it is getting such a bad rap

SGTNAPALM
SGTNAPALM

yeah. it is kind of hard playing fps on wii at first, but once you grt over the 30-60 min. learning curve, youll wonder how you ever played with joysticks.

Pete5506
Pete5506

SO true this zapper is going to help out the wii so much, I didnt buy any fps for the wii cuz they were so hard to play now I will start getting more

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

The Zapper could turn things around for shooters on the Wii. I hope it helps this one become a very good shooter for the Wii.

Willy105
Willy105

This very old. Nintendo Power showed the games with screenshots about three months ago.

edubuccaneer
edubuccaneer moderator

Seems pretty interesting... I hope it is as good as we saw from Capcom's use of the wii zapper!