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.
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.
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.
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?)
May 5, 2010