Why Medal of Honors New Game Wont Be Competing With Call of Duty

Why Medal of Honor’s New Game Won’t Be Competing With Call of Duty

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The new Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond won’t be competing against Call of Duty, possibly ending a rivalry that’s lasted over a decade.

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Why Medal of Honors New Game Wont Be Competing With Call of Duty

It’s been eight years since the last entry in the franchise, but EA’s Medal of Honor is finally getting a revival thanks to Respawn Entertainment. The new game, titled Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond, is set to release later this year. After a decade of warring with another big FPS military series, Activision’s Call of Duty, it looks like the two franchises aren’t competing this year… kind of.

The first Medal of Honor game released in 1999, and it boasted a story by Steven Spielberg (yes, that Steven Spielberg) and spawned several successful sequels. The games have mostly been set during World War 2, although EA attempted to shake up the formula over the years with poorly-received games that took place in modern settings. These games, like the Medal of Honor reboot in 2010 and Medal of Honor: Warfighter, were essentially desperate Call of Duty clones that seemingly ended the franchise for good. Now, however, Medal of Honor is back and is ostensibly staying clear of a competition with Call of Duty.

From the new trailer, Respawn Entertainment and EA are taking the series back to its roots. There’s no modern setting, as players control an OSS agent in the French Resistance during World War 2. This is great, since Medal of Honor thrived on the Saving Private Ryan-like stories and settings of its earlier games. This establishes the new Medal of Honor game in a completely different setting than the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, but that’s not the biggest reason the two franchises won’t be competing this year. Medal of Honor and Call of Duty aren’t even selling on the same platforms.

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Medal Of Honor: Above And Beyond Is A VR Exclusive

Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond will be exclusive to VR, as it’s scheduled to release for the Oculus Rift later this year. That means it won’t be competing on home consoles like PS4 or Xbox One, where Call of Duty games continue to dominate. It’s a smart move from Respawn Entertainment, since it will make the newest Medal of Honor an even more immersive FPS experience, and they’re creating a game for an entirely separate consumer base.

The catch, however, is whether this will pay off or not. VR is getting bigger, but it still has a fairly limited clientele compared to consoles like PS4 and Xbox One. More than likely, Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond will be a timed exclusive on Oculus before making its way to PlayStation VR. This still keeps Medal of Honor from competing directly with Call of Duty, but it will open potential sales to a much larger fanbase.

Until the new Medal of Honor releases later this year, players will have to wait and see if Respawn’s gambit pays off. Taking the series into VR exclusivity could be a great way to set it farther apart from other FPS games like Call of Duty, though only time will tell if the series can once again achieve its past success.

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