July 6, 2022

Medal of Honor Returns in 2020

Since the abysmal reception of 2012’s Medal of Honor: Warfighter, there have been little to no signs of life from the once beloved franchise. Until now, that is. Medal of Honor is back, being developed by Respawn Entertainment, for the Oculus Rift VR in 2020. Titled: Medal of Honor Above and Beyond, the franchise has officially been revived.

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Back in 2013, EA shuttered the doors to former Danger Close Games after Medal of Honor: Warfighter under-performed. This set the stage for sub-studio DICE Los Angeles, and ended any perceived prospects for the future of the Medal of Honor franchise. EA was in the process making more room for one of their other large flagship franchises: Battlefield.

Regardless of Medal of Honor’s past, it’s now in the hands of Respawn Entertainment, however still owned and published by Electronic Arts. I predict this means; hopes of a Titanfall 3 are disappointingly thin, with Respawn’s hands rather full with Medal of Honor, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, and Apex Legends.

As PC gamer describes it:

“Set in World War 2, Above and Beyond will take players from the initial French resistance to the Nazis in 1943, through the Omaha Beach invasion, to the infiltration of secret Nazi rocket bases at the end of the war.
Above and Beyond will feature 50 different levels and all manner of environments and situations, from tanks on the battlefield to the interior of submarines to bombing missions in airplanes. There’s even a level set on a moving train.”

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With Medal of Honor no longer on ice but soon on VR, maybe Respawn has what it takes to breathe new life into a stagnant franchise. Then again maybe not, and Respawn joins Westwood Studios and Visceral Games in the long list of “retired” developers in Electronic Arts’ graveyard.

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