During the Gamescom Opening Nigh ceremony, Respawn Entertainment revealed a new trailer for their upcoming VR title, Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond.
“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, in a previous interview. “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 previously revealed Above and Beyond will attempt to revive the Medal of Honor series with the help of VR technology and the talents of Apex Legends developer Respawn Entertainment. Anyone whose followed Respawn Entertainment knows that they’re one of the best FPS studios in the world, so the thought of them working on a franchise with the history and prestige of the Medal of Honor series is certainly intriguing.
Yet, it’s the VR elements of Above and Beyond which have surprisingly been the star of this show so far (at least in the minds of nearly everyone who has played it). Early previews suggest that Above and Beyond features some of the most intense and realistic combat that we’ve ever seen from a VR FPS title. Those who have gotten their hands on it have highlighted the project’s incredible interactions, environmental design, and realistic feedback in nearly every respect.
This latest trailer for the project focuses a little bit more about the story that will accompany Above and Beyond‘s potentially revolutionary VR gameplay. Above and Beyond will tell a fairly classic Medal of Honor story, which basically means that it will take place in World War 2 and put you in the shoes of Allied soldiers as they take on the Nazis and the rest of the Axis forces. While the early story beats we see in this trailer feel familiar, the game does look like it will offer a more substantial narrative than what we’re used to in similar VR titles:
Half-Life: Alyx has certainly raised the bar for FPS VR titles so we’ll have to see whether or not Above and Beyond can go above and beyond by making the most of this technology in order to offer an experience that simply wouldn’t be possible via any other format.