Coming into 2006, Electronic Arts' Medal of Honor series has been raging on consoles for seven years--one year longer than the bloody war it's based on actually lasted. EA doesn't appear to have any qualms about rewriting history, as today it announced that its virtual war would continue on. Medal of Honor: Airborne was officially announced today, several months after word of its existence was leaked.
The follow-up to Medal of Honor: European Assault marks the first time the series will be on next-generation consoles. Confirming previous speculation, the game will be released on the PlayStation 3, however it's still unclear whether it will be a PS3 launch title. Today's announcement also revealed the shooter will wage war on the Xbox 360, Xbox, PlayStation 2, and the PC. EA's Los Angeles studios will be handling the development of the game, which is expected to ship to stores in winter 2006.
Airborne takes the series to new heights, literally. Gamers will strap on a parachute as Boyd Travers, a Private First Class of the 82nd Airborne Division headed behind enemy lines in Europe. Instead of having a static beginning to each mission, players will survey the landscape from the air, leap from a plane, open their parachutes, and guide themselves to a starting point of their choosing.
Once feet touch ground, the game becomes a first-person shooter in a free-roaming environment. Airborne will include several authentic weapons to choose from, each displaying different characteristics. Fresh off tours of the last seven MOH games, Captain Dale Dye will once again serve as military technical adviser, working with EA's developers to make the game historically accurate.
Rating and pricing information has not yet been announced for Medal of Honor: Airborne.