In warfare, you need to have an exit strategy. If you don't know when to cut your losses and retreat, you could end up doing much more harm than good. EA has signaled the figurative white flag as it pertains to their Medal of Honor
During the publisher's earnings call yesterday, Chief Operating Officer, Peter Moore, revealed the state of the franchise and their plans to pull out the troops.
This one is behind us now...We are taking Medal of Honor out of the rotation, and have a plan to bring year-over-year continuity to our shooter offerings.
He also referred to the series' recent reboot as "an obvious miss" and cited poor critical and commercial reception as well as slow sales industry-wide as the reasons why the move was made. With the teases for Battlefield 4
already having begun, it appeared EA's plan was to offer up each franchise's newest installments in alternating years, much like how Activision handles Call of Duty
development duties. Now that plan is on hold indefinitely.
The Medal of Honor
series was a staple of the last two gaming generations. It was largely responsible for the popularity of the WWII shooter subgenre before it sputtered out on the Xbox 360 and was overtaken by the now monstrously popular Call of Duty
. The series was modernized in 2010 but neither the reboot, nor its recent sequel, Medal of Honor: Warfighter
, garnered much praise or attention. Released in October, the game has already been price-dropped to an MSRP of $19.99 here in the states. Who knows when, if ever, the Medal of Honor
series will return, but for now fans of military shooters will have to start looking elsewhere.