It's a sad day for first-person-shooters, as during EA's quarterly/yearly financial conference call today the company revealed they will be side-lining the Medal of Honor franchise. Citing "poor critical and commercial reception" COO Peter Moore said that the company still has plans for yearly shooters, but for the interim they do not involve Medal of Honor. This is all your fault, Warfighter, but I guess journalists should take the blame too for not giving high enough review scores.
Noting that Medal of Honor: Warfighter had substantial negative impact on profits for fiscal year 2012, Moore said the following:
"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."
Specifically, Peter Moore has two specific beliefs as to why Medal of Honor didn't have the results that EA was respecting:
"Medal of Honor was an obvious miss. The game was solid, but the focus on combat authenticity did not resonate with consumers."
"Critics were polarized and gave the game scores which were, frankly, lower than it deserved."
Obviously, these simple and succinct ideas behind the game's poor fiscal results and not any sort of analysis into the actual game's and cons. Obviously there's more to the story than meets the eye, but it's still interesting to get EA's perspective on the matter.
From a personal standpoint, I can't help but be... yeah, I'll say disappointed in the situation. As a huge fan of early Medal of Honor titles, from the PlayStation onward, and as a competitive Medal of Honor: Allied Assault player for a brief time, I hate to see what the franchise became. I hate even more that it's being set aside instead of given the opportunity to return to its roots. I could write a book on what the Medal of Honor franchise was built on. Maybe some other time.
Still, it's also exciting to think about what EA may have planned next. Will they keep trying to topple Call of Duty: Modern Warfare? Will they go fantasy and try and steal Halo's thunder? Obviously, after Medal of Honor's failure it's hard to see the company take any substantial risk, but we can always hope.