This should surprise nobody – Electronic Arts’ Peter Moore announced to investors that the Medal of Honor brand is being shelved. This comes as a direct result of the poor performance of the most recent entry Medal of Honor: Warfighter.
Of course, Moore isn’t blaming the fact that the game was a buggy, uninspired mess. Instead, he’s blaming “the slowdown that impacted the entire sector” and the fact that the game’s preoccupation with “authenticity” resulted in it failing to “resonate with consumers.” It’s also the gaming media’s fault for giving Warfighter “game scores which were, frankly, lower than it deserved”.
Ironically, in his final say on the matter, Moore unwittingly gave the reason as to why Warfighter did so poorly: “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.” There’s your problem right there EA: this absurd preoccupation with annualising your military shooter releases. When talking about gaming genres that have become saturated, that old “less is more” saying becomes even more pertinent.