EA ditches Medal Of Honor, hints at Battlefield 4 next year

News Aaron Birch 31 Jan 2013 - 13:41

EA’s Medal of Honor series won’t be returning any time soon…

It was always a mighty mountain to climb, and EA’s Medal of Honor series never managed to topple the ever-persistent Call of Duty. In fact, in many critic’s and gamer’s opinion, it never really managed to make for a very good game either, certainly not with the last couple of outings.

So, it doesn’t come as much of a surprise that EA has ditched the series, putting it in mothballs for now. In a recent investor call, EA’s COO, Peter Moore confirmed that the Medal of Honor series will not be returning in the near future.

In the call Moore said, "We struggled with two challenges: the slowdown that impacted the entire sector and poor critical and commercial reception for Medal of Honor Warfighter.

"Medal of Honor was an obvious miss. The game was solid, but the focus on combat authenticity did not resonate with consumers.

"Critics were polarized and gave the game scores which were, frankly, lower than it deserved. This one is behind us now. We are taking Medal of Honor out of the rotation, and have a plan to bring year-over-year continuity to our shooter offerings."

Of course, Peter Moore is always going to consider some reviews harsh, but in a market so over-saturated with military shooters, and so dominated by Activision’s annual franchise, an FPS has to be very special in order to make the grade and stay the distance, and sadly, Medal of Honor: Warfighter just didn’t manage that.

So, that’s one less contender to Call of Duty’s crown, but EA still has its other, far more noteworthy series to fall back on, which is, of course, Battlefield.

It’s also been revealed the same investor chit-chat that Battlefield 4 may see the light of day as early as next year, and that the game may be unveiled within 90 days. This announcement came from EA’s Frank Gibeau.

"We've already talked a little bit about that we have a Battlefield title coming next year, but we're not in a position right now to talk about our development plans and our SKU plan long term," Gibeau said.

"That will come in about 90 days when we get to show you some Battlefield stuff."

So, one military shooter is K.I.A. and another is on the way back into the action soon, and with such big names as Dead Space 3 and Crysis 3 on the way, along with the yearly sports updates, EA’s probably not going to miss MoH all that much. You can read the full transcript of the investor call at Seeking Alpha (link below).

Seeking Alpha

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