Medal of Honor deploys in October

[UPDATE] Afghanistan-set reboot of EA's once-dominant shooter series arrives in North America on Oct. 12, Europe on Oct. 15; new trailer inside.

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Activision's Call of Duty series has dominated the military first-person shooter space for the past several years, with Modern Warfare 2 racking up over $1 billion in sales before its developer was roiled by turmoil. Electronic Arts is hoping to buck that trend with a reboot of its once-dominant Medal of Honor series. This morning, the publisher dated that effort, announcing that the game would ship on October 12 in North America and October 15 in Europe on the PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.

EALA is shooting for realism with the new modern-day Medal of Honor.

Relocated from World War II to post-9/11 Afghanistan, the new Medal of Honor will offer contemporary combat with an emphasis on realism--something that fell by the wayside in Modern Warfare 2's Tom Clancy-like scenario. The first-person shooter will focus on a member of the most elite group inside the modern-day US Special Operations Command, the shadowy Tier 1 Operators.

EA's Los Angeles studio has been working closely with actual Tier 1 Operators, whose real-life experiences will provide the basis for Medal of Honor's fictional story. As outlined in GameSpot's recent preview, the game will follow a group of the commandos during operations behind enemy lines in Afghanistan during the US-backed Northern Alliance's push toward victory over the Taliban and Al-Qaeda.

In order to better blend in with the populace, Tier 1 Operators grew bushy beards and wore civilian clothing and will also do so in Medal of Honor. Such outfits were sported by US Special Forces during the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan, as can be seen in a 2002 Life magazine photo feature, to better blend in with the heavily bearded local population. In 2002, soldiers were ordered to shave, according to CNN.

Until 2002, US Special Forces sported beards to blend in with the local population.

While EALA will focus on Medal of Honor's single-player campaign, another internal studio, EA DICE, will be handling the game's multiplayer modes. The Swedish developer, formerly known as Digital Illusions CE, is renowned for the multiplayer modes of its Battlefield series and recently won critical accolades for its PS3, 360, and PC shooter Battlefield: Bad Company 2.

EA also released a new trailer for Medal of Honor (viewable below) that shows a squad of special forces being dropped into a combat zone by Chinook helicopters--not all of which make it out in once piece. Earlier railers for the game have shown infantry infiltration, vehicular combat, and air support. Jet fighter bombers, Apache helicopters, ATVs, and unmarked pickup trucks are amongst the methods of conveyance featured, as were nighttime operations.

Discussion

243 comments
eyebrowless
eyebrowless

looks like it has promise. i like the trailer

wars45
wars45

i hope the is good if the online good al get it

SturmFuehrer
SturmFuehrer

Medal of Honor - Supporting bushy beard soldiers since Oct 2010!!!

Devoo55
Devoo55

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lock445
lock445

So... we can expect a COD: Black Ops -VS- Medal of Honor type of conflict this fall... I'm getting Medal of Honor. Not to mention Reach... 2010 is a big year for gaming, and an even bigger year for shooters.

scotwolf
scotwolf

i have always enjoyed the medal of honor games, and have high hopes for this game. we need a quality game to take on cod. my only worry is with the subject matter i.e afghanistan, we are still fighting there and by we i don't just mean the USA, us brits and many other countries are there too. we see the coffins coming back each week in the UK. but in the end its a game!! and its the developers and their advisors including servicemen stories.which might make it a damn good realistic game and show the true horror from all sides in a war that is happening now and show no end in sight. EA do it justice

DarthEthong467
DarthEthong467

@Hladilnik Before you go calling this video game propaganda, why don't you wait and play it first. Just because its played from the perspective of the Americans doesn't make it propaganda. I don't want to say this is like the game Six Days in Fallujah, but I have a feeling it'll be more along the lines of that game. No propaganda, just hard realism and actual events, no glazing over the bad stuff.

dustinjiron
dustinjiron

Medal of honor deploys in October...hey, so do I! Maybe I'll see em in Afghanistan lol

DarthEthong467
DarthEthong467

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Hladilnik
Hladilnik

I don't like how they are using this gratuitous war as some propaganda for American "good guys" that fight against so called "terrorists". This war is not worth being in a videogame.

k1ll8_saurav
k1ll8_saurav

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razu2444
razu2444

LOL this game will so fail against call of duty 7.

Gamartto
Gamartto

Amazon is listing MoH for $60 for the PC version, really? I'd like to support you like I did with BC2 but if you are going to charge console prices on the PC then forget about it.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

"Canada is doing most of the work in Afghanistan and their not even being acknowledged." That being the case, the US & UK can pull out then, seeing as you've got it covered, thank the lord for the Canadians.

Rocker6
Rocker6

I like this teaser.Very emotional.Cant wait for this game.Hope it will have a nice,long campaign,with a great multiplayer.

dentui
dentui

@Devoo55 Canada? Really? I wonder What they are doing with 2,500 troops while the US sent 30,000 in 2010 alone. Bigger role? As if. My best friend's brother is in Afghanistan and he has yet to see any other forces other than the local police over there.

D1zzyCriminal
D1zzyCriminal

"Focus on realism" DICE doing multiplayer, I'm sold already. I loved BF2, I loved previous MOH games, its a brilliant combo.

dentui
dentui

Really excited for this. Can't wait.

Devoo55
Devoo55

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Aminal_basic
Aminal_basic

I am looking forward to this!!! I have played ALL the previous medal of honors and am extremely happy to see that they are making another one. It truly is one on the GREAT series's!

jefferson1964
jefferson1964

Video looks good and I know I will be getting this game, cya on the battlefield

CFritzRun
CFritzRun

I'm glad to see a reboot to this franchise. Although I'm going to miss flashing my papers to the Germans like in the older ones. I'll definitely be picking this one up with Black Ops on the release day. It's a great year to be a gamer!

enveyur
enveyur

You can't base a comparison from a trailer guys. The trailer looks great, and I really would like to see this game do well. It's about time a different fps game stood out from the 'if its not call of duty it sucks' world.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Im tired of the constant 'spoon feeding' of the COD franchise, hopefully EA will get the MOH series back on track and give us a great campaign and experience, not very worried about the MP component as its being done by DICE, just dont give us a lame a55 upgrade / perk system (youve killed 10 enemy, here, have a silencer) lol. Oh and give us the ability to open and Close doors ala 'Allied Assault'. In short, am very intruiged and hoping for the best.

a_tiger101
a_tiger101

If it's anything like BC2, it would be amazing.

ACx7
ACx7

In what sense will this be better than Call of Duty? In single player campaigns? Possible. In multiplayer? Balance, maybe. Replayability and variety... I doubt it.

juden41
juden41

This'll be better than Call of Duty: Black Ops.

andrew_ribbons
andrew_ribbons

EA back on track, nice to see FINALLY. This game looks epic, i hope the PC version is well made with all the multi-core and (optional) DX11 support /e'd love :D

brownboyd
brownboyd

this is one game i cant wait for... if it has 4 player split screen offline multiplayer then i am trading my mw2 game for this one... offline multiplayer is the only reason i still have mw2....

namdar
namdar

At first I was like meh another modern combat FPS, but I dunno after reading this I think I might give it ago consider how BS MW2 is! BTW I love Bad Company 2:D

big-boss-91
big-boss-91

looks good, based on real events, would be more fun to play knowing it happened (in a way) in real life, Call of Duty 4 and 6 was based on fictional events. I can't stand fictional events

theslimdavylp
theslimdavylp

Afghanistan-set - this is going to be fantastic! Maybe we get to take out Osama :D

jasopan
jasopan

Does look pretty good

Sins-of-Mosin
Sins-of-Mosin

@firehawk998 - You got ripped off by Steven Segal! Law man.

epsilonz999
epsilonz999

This one has gotta be better than medal of honor airborne so definitely looking forward to this one, cant wait!

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

I only hope you can modify a weapon (Silencer, scope, etc) on the fly ala R6/Graw.

kangaox
kangaox

MW2 was a huge rip of Clancy! if they wre payin Homeage to him they did a bloody poor job at it! looking forward to this!

gamer082009
gamer082009

lol..seems like everybody wants a piece of Activision's Billion dollar pie that is MW2. I hope the game is good, but from the looks of the trailers it doesn't look as epic.

dakan45
dakan45

Mw2, black ops and this, yeah its gonna be a special ops year no doubt

M3ran
M3ran

so medal of honor is not gonna be like before with WW scenes?it is new and afganistan and iraq huh? we just have to wait and see what it has to offer.

tytheman16
tytheman16

Call of duty and the new medal of honor should be exciting!

flashn00b
flashn00b

I dunno if this game will end up as a rehash of Bad Company. Don't get me wrong, BF2:BC is a lot better than MW2 PC, but I'm slightly less confident about this game, seeing that BC2 was released only a few months ago.

Mariner32
Mariner32

If Bad Company 2 didn't completely kill MW2, I think this game will put the final nail in the coffin. Day one pick up for me.