EA "Launching A New Battlefield Game Next Year"
As part of their latest financial postings, EA announced that the Medal Of Honor franchise has been dishonourably discharged from their active roster, following Warfighter's poor performance. This could potentially make room for a new Battlefield title, if not a debut from Respawn Entertainment.
Medal Of Honor: Warfighter had a lot to answer for in EA's quarterly report. In a call made to investors, CEO John Riccitiello suggested that lower-than-projected earnings were “primarily the result of a miss” with Medal of Honor: Warfighter which “didn’t deliver” and performed “well below expectations" in terms of critical reception and sales.
"The game was solid, but the focus on combat authenticity did not resonate with consumers," said COO Peter Moore.
"Critics were polarised and gave the game scores which were frankly lower than deserved," he lied, hilariously. "This one is behind us now. We are taking Medal of Honor out of rotation and have to bring year-over-year continuity to our shooter offerings."
We were certainly amongst the "polarised" critics who apparently didn't give Medal Of Honor: Warfighter a fair shake, stating that "Danger Close's derivative effort is rental material at best and cannon fodder at worst" in our 5/10 review.
By now, I daresay that some of you have already twigged the phrase "bring year-over-year continuity to our shooter offerings." Which basically means: a very Battlefield Christmas in 2014. During the investor call, EA Labels President Frank Gibeau confirmed that EA “will be launching a Battlefield game next year” and is “very excited to show you guys more detail on that coming soon.”
Gibeau might be referring to Battlefield 4 (slated for the next fiscal rather than calendar year), but if not, perhaps 2014 could this be a good time for Bad Company...