Medal of Honor isn’t dead 
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Geoffrey Tim
February 13, 2013 at 11:00 am

Parrot

It’s just sleeping. The last Medal of Honor game, developed by EA’s Danger Close wasn’t particularly well received – mostly because it wasn’t particularly good. EA recently said it would be taking the series “out of rotation,” leaving all three of its fans a little upset. Cheer up, there is a bright light at the end of the tunnel…it’s just that it might end up being a particularly long tunnel.

EA chief creative director Rich Hilleman, speaking to RPS, says that the last game, Warfighter, wasn’t a flop because the modern-combat FPS genre is oversaturated, but rather that EA buggered up. So they’ll be putting Medal of Honor on ice until they can do something decent with it.

“We don’t think its a genre problem,” he said. “It’s an execution problem. We don’t think Medal of Honor’s performance speaks to any particular bias in that space against modern settings or World War 2 or any of that. It’s much more that we had some things we should’ve done better.

“What we think right now is that, for the next couple years, we can just have one great thing in that space. So we’re choosing for it to be Battlefield.”

Hilleman says it’s better to put the series on pause than to release rubbish.

“I think a key part of this is having the right amount of high-quality production talent,” he said. “And we didn’t have the quality of leadership we needed to make [it] great. We just have to get the leadership aligned. We’re blessed to have more titles than we can do well today. That’s a good problem, frankly. In the long term, we have to make sure we don’t kill those products by trying to do them when we can’t do them well.

“The property will come back when it’s time is right and there’s someone to carry it.”

I haven’t played a  Medal of Honor game since…well since the first one in 1999. I loved the hell out of that game, but the onslaught of Call of Duty games that followed wore me out.

I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces. I am also the emperor of the backend

  • Darthdad

    I hope they concentrate on Battlefield:Bad Company rather. I loved the humour in that game.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Theo-Steenekamp/100000464298189 Theo Steenekamp

      I agree. It was a perfectly balanced game, great graphics, great story, great voice acting… just well put together.

    • FoxOneZA

      Bad Company should be ranked higher up than COD.

    • Sean Carbutt

      Loving the pic. To quote ” This is an ex-parrot”, no he’s not, he’s resting.
      Now on to the article. EA GFY. You realease crappy games and think that gamers are that gullible to keep payiing ridiculous ammounts for crap. Game over. You lost and the gamers have won. Have a look at Aliens if you don’t believe me, then in a couple of months, look at GOW and GTA. See the difference in quality. EA, you took a great game and screwed it up because you did not listen to your target market, GAMERS. You thought that you were being the ubber smart arses and ended up being the village idiots, so into the sesspool bucket with Bethseda and Crapcom

  • Admiral Chief Erwin

    MoH is nie dood nie, dis net uitgepass!