EA has announced that Medal Of Honor will launch on October 12, 2010 in North America, and three days later in Europe.
The publisher revealed in December that it was rebooting the long-running firstperson shooter franchise, taking the series out of the theatre of WWII for the first time in its eleven year history.
In development at EALA, with EA DICE creating the title’s multiplayer component, the game will be set in a modern, war-torn Afghanistan setting.
EA has opted to launch the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC title almost one month ahead of rival publisher Activision’s recently revealed new Call Of Duty game, COD: Black Ops.
"Medal Of Honor is an authentic look into today’s war. Inspired by real people and real events, the game puts players in the boots of today’s warrior – from the infantry ground pounder to the Tier 1 Operator," said the title’s executive producer, Greg Goodrich.
EA Games label president Frank Gibeau said yesterday that Medal Of Honor – along with the company’s Battlefield series and EA Partners developed FPS games like Epic’s Bulletstorm and Crytek’s Crysis 2 – would play a key role in the firm’s bid to reclaim dominance in the shooter genre.
“… With Medal Of Honor, looking at where we were at with Airborne, which launched about a month into my job as Label Head, we looked at it and we felt like that there was a lot more we could do with that franchise, but it needed to be rebooted, it needed to have a world-class development team put on it,” he told Industry Gamers.
“It needed to have a lot of innovation in online, and I think talking with the guys today, you get a sense of where we’re going with the franchise I hope, and it’s something that we aim to put into the charts this fall. But we’ve been crafting a ‘take back the shooter category’ plan now for a couple of years and the strategy that’s been unfolding has been heating up over the last six or eight months, but we’ve been underway for a while now.”