It's one of those franchises that has flagged in recent years, despite featuring fantastic early installments several generations ago. But EA remains firmly focused on revitalizing the Medal of Honor series.
EA has announced that MoH will be returning but for the first time ever, it will not bet set in World War II. Perhaps taking a cue from the Call of Duty franchise, the new Medal of Honor will be set in war-torn Afghanistan, and we will be introduced to the Tier 1 Operator, which is "a relatively unknown entity directly under the National Command Authority who takes on missions no one else can handle." In order to insure a high level of authenticity, developers have been working with actual Tier 1 Operators from the US Special Operations Community, and apparently, this adventure is actually based on "real events." Furthermore – and this part we really appreciate – EA has one internal team dedicated to making the single-player campaign fantastic, while they've enlisted the help of their talented DICE team ( Battlefield: Bad Company , Mirror's Edge , etc.) to handle the multiplayer aspects. Said Greg Goodrich, Medal of Honor Executive Producer:
"When we first set out to reinvent Medal of Honor, we wanted to stay true to its roots of authenticity and respect for the soldier but bring it into today’s war. The Tier 1 Operator is the most disciplined, deliberate and prepared warrior on the battlefield. He is a living, breathing, precision instrument of war. We are honored to have the rare opportunity to work closely with these men to create a game that shares their experience."
The game will enjoy a full unveiling at this year's Spike TV Video Game Awards, which will air at 8 p.m. PST on December 12. Being a fan of this franchise from the time the original captivated me back in the PS1 days, I've been disappointed to see the series flop this generation. But it seems EA is taking all the right steps to give us a truly great Medal of Honor effort. Awesome.