Warfighter kills Medal of Honor series

MATT MAGUIRE
Last updated 11:01 01/02/2013
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GAME OVER, MAN: Warfighter may have finally put the nail in the coffin of the Medal of Honor series.

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Due to a poor critical reception and low sales of Warfighter, the Medal of Honor series will no longer be released every two years as planned, EA has announced.

"We struggled with two challenges: the slowdown that impacted the entire sector and poor critical and commercial reception for Medal of Honor Warfighter," said Electronic Arts chief operating officer Peter Moore in an investor call today.

"Medal of Honor was an obvious miss. The game was solid, but the focus on combat authenticity did not resonate with consumers."

"Critics were polarised and gave the game scores which were, frankly, lower than it deserved," he said.

Released last October, Warfighter was the second Medal of Honor title to be set in the present day. It has a Metacritic rating of 55 on PlayStation and PC, and 53 on Xbox 360. Gameplanet gave it 4.0.

"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," said Moore.

EA Labels president Frank Gibeau said that the company took responsibility for not producing a big-seller.

"We're a hit-driven business where it's about what you can build in a certain period of time and really deliver for the marketplace, and frankly we missed on Medal of Honor."

EA's other big FPS, Battlefield 3, has amassed nearly 3 million Premium subscribers since it launched last May.

-Gameplanet

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