Is Medal Of Honor Dead?

Hoo lord, Medal of Honor: Warfighter really did land like a limp body last week, didn’t it? Buggy as hell despite the hugenormous patch issued the day it launched, it also received middling reviews from fans and absolutely abysmal critical ratings. It’s almost as if Electronic Arts just didn’t care, though of course we know they did since they rushed the damn thing out, completion be damned, to meet their release window.

So why did they release a shoddy game? Did they want to kill the series off? Probably not, but that might be what happens anyway, if the analysis by Wedbush Securities’ Michael Pachter is correct. As he sees it, Warfighter builds upon an already bad foundation, and along with its own poor performance, it’s practically begging for the virtual guillotine. “The last iteration of Medal of Honor received an average Metacritic score of 75 in 2010 (after its predecessor received an average score of 73 in 2007),” he noted. “EA management committed to improving quality with this year’s release. Instead, with an average score of only 50, the game is likely to fall short of revenue expectations by $100 million or more. Perhaps more importantly, the poor performance of Medal of Honor makes it highly unlikely that EA can deliver significant digital revenues from DLC subscriptions next year, and sets the company up for a disappointing comparison to the $204 million in digital revenues it expects from Battlefield this year.”

Ya think?

Pachter goes on to add that in his opinion, “EA is unlikely to take Activision’s mantle as the leading developer of first-person shooters for several years.” Or ever, probably. At least as long as the company insists on making everything they release a hodgepodge of conflicting genres, rushed out regardless of quality. Medal of Honor isn’t exactly the kind of franchise that sparks intense loyalty, but it would be sad to see it die just because its owner can’t figure out that players will buy your game if it’s actually good.

Via GI.

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4 Comments on Is Medal Of Honor Dead?

LTenhet

On November 4, 2012 at 2:27 pm

It’s disappointing really, I enjoyed the 2010 Medal of Honor reboot; had a decent story and everything. EA really needs to let their devs work on things in -their- timetable, not an arbitrary release date timetable.

John

On November 4, 2012 at 3:11 pm

I honestly Hope that publishers become irrelevent as time passes in the world of music, books and videogames.

Taking gaming publishers as an example, in the old days, publishers were happy to bend to Developer requests, but once they started buying out gaming studios it flipped around and now devs are attempting the impossible to satisfy impossible shareholder requests.

In 2008, EA CEO said “ya we shouldn’t buy studios and then close em down or water down the games” but that’s exactly what they are doing…
I hope DICE doesn’t disappear like westwood because EA will then hand off whatever that’s left of battlefield into the hands of the grim reaper

EA is Scum

On November 5, 2012 at 2:27 am

So, EA forces a developer to rush their game out, then complains that the game is rushed? Every politician in America would be proud of that.

Not only that, but the tone seems to be that the gamers are ‘entitled’ (so bored of this argument) for expecting a game that WASN’T rushed out the door before it was ready. The saddest thing is that some of the less scrupulous suck-ups in the mainstream press – Official Playstation Magazine UK being one of the most shameless in that regard – will almost certainly agree and launch yet another alienating attack on the consumer for having an opinion, just as they did with Mass Effect 3, Heavy Rain, Pro Evolution Soccer 3, Final Fantasy XIII, Manhunt 2′s censorship, and countless others. The industry will never move forward until these sycophants lose their influence. Sadly, Jessica Chobot’s appearance in ME3 seems to indicate that the exact opposite route is being taken, to the detriment of everyone (though at least she’s hot, you could argue she’d get a role anyway, but we all know why she really got it).

I feel sorry for the time-pushed developers of Medal of Honor far more so than the developers of ME3, who looked on silently and obediently as the Chuckle Brothers Casey and Mac tore their work to shreds then tried to pretend they were opposed it. Medal of Honor has failed for reasons outside of the developer’s control, reasons ingrained in EA’s business ideology, reasons that have caused countless other developers and IPs to go under and will send more still to the scrap heap. A long-running series which saw a successful reboot only a couple of years ago is now as good as dead because EA shat the bed AGAIN and refuses to learn its bloody lesson.

Daniel Acosta

On November 5, 2012 at 8:50 am

“It’s disappointing really, I enjoyed the 2010 Medal of Honor reboot;”

I thought I was the only one who enjoyed it! The story wasn’t flashy or anything, but it was *believable*.

EA should have taken it even further with warfighter, making it more authentic and realistic, instead of trying to recreate BF with a different (yet quite similar) setting. Of course, BF’s got it’s awesome multiplayer, while MH:W’s idea of having tier 1′s fighting each other is frankly retarded.