Medal of Honor: Warfighter will be released later this year, but EA is trying to ensure that the feel, look and gameplay of this new installment won’t be a carbon-copy of their other recent FPS release, Battlefield 3, Attackofthefanboy.com reports.
EA’s Frank Gibeau explains:
“We are very careful that Battlefield and Medal of Honor stay differentiated. There is an inefficiency to having two different brands coming out alternating like that, there is some upside. You don’t have the annualized, sequel fatigue. With Medal of Honor we tried to embrace that the game is real. The multiplayer is different than Battlefield. We’re trying to use a sequencing strategy to keep it as fresh and different as possible.”
The problem for EA is ensuring that the franchises remain unqiue. Medal of Honor fans won’t be happy if they are given a Battlefield clone with different characters and new maps. But EA also needs to take advantage of some of Battlefield’s success by implementing elements of the game that won’t overshadow the “feel” of a Medal of Honor title.
It’s a tricky balance, but it seems like Gibeau is aware of the problem.
That being said, one has to be a little skeptical of this new installment in the Medal of Honor series. The last few entries have been less than spectacular and the footage from this game has not depicted anything particularly intriguing. Gibeau seems pretty optimistic about Warfighter’s ability to revive the Medal of Honor franchise, but I’ll hold my applause until I see the final product.