The Medal of Honor series is making a shocking comeback as an Oculus Rift VR title developed by Respawn.
“It’s a great feeling to introduce Medal of Honor to a whole new generation of gamers on a new platform for the franchise,” said Peter Hirschmann, Game Director. “I’ve been fortunate to be a part of this franchise since the beginning, and putting this game on the Oculus Rift allows us to be more immersive than we’ve ever been before. If the game we’re making ignites people’s imaginations and illuminates the world, then we’ve accomplished what we’ve set out to do.”
The next Medal of Honor game, officially titled Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond, may transition the series into virtual reality, but it will go back to the series roots with its World War II setting. In fact, Hirschmann (who also worked as a producer and writer on the original Medal of Honor) has stated that they intend for this to be the “most authentic World War II game possible.” He clarifies that the team isn’t trying to make a realistic WWII game but rather a game that adheres to the more authentic tech and design philosophies that the Medal of Honor series was founded upon.
In that respect, the VR elements of the game may actually offer a series of unique benefits. For instance, you’ll actually need to physically reach down for ammo in order to reload your gun, and the process of aiming in VR will naturally be more “authentic.” We also imagine that the series’ already intense battles will be made that much more incredible by the enhanced sensation of “being there” that you get with virtual reality.
Early gameplay reports indicate that Above and Beyond seems to be on the right path with its blend of classic Medal of Honor conventions and VR gameplay, but it remains to be seen whether or not the match will pay off over the course of a full game. In any case, it’s nice to know that Call of Duty has some competition again even if that series’ brief detour back to WWII proved to be just that.
Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond is expected to be released during the Summer of 2020 for Oculus Rift devices.
Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014.