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Medal of Honor release date revealed, war declared on CoD

Medal of Honor, EALA and DICE's modern-day series reboot, will be released October 12, 2010, almost exactly one month before Call of Duty: Black Ops releases on November 9th. It's a franchise face-off almost ten years in the making.


A little history

Medal of Honor made its debut on the PS1, but its first major hit was Allied Assault, which released on the PC in 2002. After two solid expansions to that title (Spearhead and Breakthrough), the series hit a plateau of pretty-good-but-nothing-special console and PC titles. The most recent entries, Airborne and Heroes 2, weren't nearly capable of competing with Call of Duty's stream of hits.


Above: Medal of Honor's new direction after over 10 years of World War II

The first Call of Duty game was released one year after Allied Assault, and was developed by Infinity Ward, which had been founded by a group of employees from 2015, Inc., the developer of Allied Assault (what an incestuous industry). CoD was a massive critical and commercial success, and the series dominated the war shooter genre from then on. It arguably peaked with Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, but both subsequent games, World at War and Modern Warfare 2, have been immense successes.


The fight is on

Come 2010, and everything has changed. While Infinity Ward implodes, the very capable Treyarch is pushing the CoD series forward with Black Ops. All we've seen of the game is an intriguing trailer, but we don't doubt that Treyarch can deliver.


Above: The debut trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops

Meanwhile, EA is on the offensive. After 10 years of WWII, they're charging for the spotlight with a shooter that's modern both in setting and design philosophy. With EA throwing a healthy hunk of weight at the campaign, and DICE on the multiplayer, there's little chance the new Medal of Honor will flop... but will it kick ass? (Black Ops' ass, specifically?)


Above: The latest Medal of Honor trailer, and our most recent preview 

May 5, 2010

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16 comments

  • DeadGirls - May 6, 2010 7:22 a.m.

    All this game has to do to be better than CoD is to have dedicated servers and mod support. Oh, and it helps if the company producing it isn't run by insanely greed cocksuckers.
  • may.be.vital - May 6, 2010 1:12 a.m.

    Do we know who is working on the single player?
  • lovinmyps3 - May 6, 2010 12:52 a.m.

    While the time period of Black Ops interests me more, I'm looking forward to Medal of Honor more. Mostly because DICE is doing the multiplayer. I'm afraid Treyarch will just copy MW2's multiplayer like it did CoD4's in WaW. [So many acronyms!!]
  • Cwf2008 - May 6, 2010 12:38 a.m.

    Or make a WW2 game where you play as the Germans and Japs...defend Normandy! Fight back against the Allies1 change the course of the war?
  • DevynDaBeast - May 5, 2010 11:46 p.m.

    I love CoD but it needs some competition to knock it off its smart-ass rocker. Hope Medal of Honor can do the job finally.
  • SeattleSound - May 5, 2010 11:33 p.m.

    Medal of Honor should of stuck to their roots and made a WWII game, or maybe a game that takes place during the Vietnam war, but you get to play as the Vietnamese and set traps and kill groups of American soldiers one by one. That would be awesome.
  • michaelmcc827 - May 5, 2010 8:34 p.m.

    I used to be a big fan of Medal of Honor, an even huger fan of Battlefield, but I know for a fact I won't be buying this, simply because of how it's trying to rip off on MW2's success, and I don't want another game like that. There just won't be enough difference for me, it'll be an extremely standard fps experience.
  • Blackout1881 - May 5, 2010 8:32 p.m.

    Am absolutely looking forward to this, a real alternative to MW is incredibly welcome. They really seem to be trying here, still can't believe that is UE3, the game is beautiful.
  • Tronto13 - May 5, 2010 8:18 p.m.

    to be honest EA will have to do something drastically wrong to be hated more than activision at the moment! Im gonna get medal of honour i think as the CoD games are becoming too similar and a little stagnant.
  • db1331 - May 5, 2010 7:58 p.m.

    It's a great time to be an FPS gamer. When companies face off like this the gamers benefit.
  • Hypermonkey262 - May 5, 2010 7:47 p.m.

    I bought MW 2 and Bad Company 2. Im NOT doing this again!...until the hype gets to me and I lose the choice...damn you internet :(
  • GamesRadarTylerWilde - May 5, 2010 7:42 p.m.

    We haven't seen the multiplayer yet, so we don't know what DICE is doing with it. They may be going in a different direction.
  • TheIronMaiden - May 5, 2010 7:42 p.m.

    man I can't wait for this one, but a month before COD? Damn. Well I think I'd rather give this one a shot before going with COD anyway. Kinda tired of COD.
  • CoD4Kamikazi - May 5, 2010 7:33 p.m.

    I was really excited about this game until I heard that DICE was making the multiplayer, my heart then sunk like a rock in the ocean. I grew tired of running half a mile before even spotting an enemy, only to get killed by a f*cking sniper. It was old in every Battlefield game, and it will be old in this game. Needless to say, the singleplayer looks amazing and I can't wait to at least try the finished product, and here's hoping to drastically smaller maps. The Middle East isn't all desert, you know!
  • GamesRadarTylerWilde - May 5, 2010 7:26 p.m.

    True about Frontline - it was a very good game. The lack of a PC release was surprising at the time, though - it alienated me. It's hard to argue that CoD has been on top for some time. And though I don't mention the Battlefield series in this article, as it's not quite in the same category (less campaign focused, more large-scale multiplayer), I do consider it one of the big contenders.
  • TURbo - May 5, 2010 7:19 p.m.

    Medal of Honor Frontline was quite huge on the PS2 when it was released. I'm waiting for a 3 front war with Ubisoft having a war shooter series called Guns of Blazing.

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