World War II from a New Point of View
The Medal of Honor series has had a rough go of things for a while now. Made a laughing stock last generation with an attempt at a gritty modern reboot, the IP went into hibernation among EA’s properties – that is, until today when they announced Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond. Respawn is developing the new Medal of Honor reboot, now set back in World War II, for Oculus VR.
Yes, a full 10-12 hour first-person singleplayer Medal of Honor game shooter is being developed exclusively for the Oculus VR platform. I’m gonna add that to the list of sentences I never thought I’d write on this job. This is a thing, that’s happening, because it’s 2019 and the gloves are off. If they announce a Syndicate sequel for the Zeebo, I won’t even be shocked anymore. Also, a moment of silence for every games press member who will have to say that clunky name aloud repeatedly.
Quite the Loadout
So, what all will Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond feature? Well, as stated above, it’s a full-length title, rather than a free tech demo or a brief experiment. There will also be a “full-suite” of multiplayer features, but nothing’s been shown off in that regard yet. Movement will be like a traditional shooter, rather than teleportation or on-rails. You’ll reportedly be able to interact with a considerable amount of the environment, including picking up multiple objects to throw, “bite” the pins off grenades before throwing them, play a piano, and dual-wield guns with a penalty to accuracy.
That said all, while it sounds like an Inglorious Basterds simulator, Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond will reportedly be rather tame in terms of blood and gore, with many enemies simply falling over. Given the more bombastic tone, it makes sense, though the title is intended for mature audiences. The three acts of the 50 mission long campaign span assisting resistance fighters in France, the Normandy landings on D-Day, and in taking a note from Battlefield V, players will sabotage Nazis secret weapons in Norway.
Between The Last of Us Part II and Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond, 2020 is shaping up to be quite an exciting year for gaming!
Does Medal of Honor make you consider VR? Is there another direction you’d like to see the series take? Let us know in the comments below!