The 2010 Medal of Honor reboot brought the historic shooter to a modern Afghanistan conflict. This year's Medal of Honor Warfighter, due out on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 on Oct. 23, brings the fight home, delving into the perspective of not just soldiers, but their familes.
Electronic Arts promises that Warfighter will go beyond the battlefield and reveal the "heartbreaking side of war, told through the eyes of military families."
"Medal of Honor Warfighter unveils intimate insights into the sacrifices of the warriors on the ground - and their families," according to the game's newly updated website.
The game tells the story of U.S. Tier 1 Operator "Preacher" and his struggle to reintegrate into a life and family torn apart from years of combat deployment, according to an Electronic Arts' press release.
"Preacher is reminded of what he's fighting for - family," according to the release. "But when a deadly explosive known as PETN penetrates civilian borders and his two worlds collide, Preacher and his fellow teammates are sent in to do what they do best - solve the problem."
The game, in development by Danger Close Games, will include a series of missions that neatly shadow some of the real world events shaping today's modern conflicts. The story was written by U.S. Tier 1 Operators while deployed overseas.
The game will have players hopping from hot spot to hot spot, rescuing hostages in Abu Sayyaf's stronghold in Basilan, Philippines, for instance, and assaulting Al-Shabaab's Pirate Town the Somali Coast. EA calls it an "up close and personal look into the fight against today's global terror threat," the only game that gives players "a view into these real world events and lets them experience the action as it might have unfolded."
"From recent news headlines to movies to best-selling books, everyone is talking about the Special Operations Community and the warriors who defend our freedom. Medal of Honor Warfighter gives these Operators a chance to tell their personal story of brotherhood, family and the current fight," said Greg Goodrich, Executive Producer, Medal of Honor. "But Tier 1 Operators are not uniquely American. This year we're going global and introducing international Tier 1 units in our multiplayer game and taking players to hotspots around the world. We continue to honor these warriors with reverence and respect with an authentic look into their lives at home and abroad."
To create Warfighter's multiplayer, Danger Close consulted not only with Tier 1 Operators from the U.S. but also Tier 1 Operators from around the globe including the Polish GROM, the Australian SASR, the German KSK and more. In addition, Danger Close is partnering with the military gear and weapon system manufacturers which develop, build and outfit Tier 1 Operators when deployed overseas. The end result is a multiplayer facet of the game that has players representing a variety of nations' Tier 1 Operators on the global battlefield. The game features 12 different Tier 1 Operators from a variety of nations. For the first time in the series, Medal of Honor Warfighter introduces multi-national Tier 1 "blue-vs-blue" team play where the world's best-of-the-best warriors go head-to-head in online competition.
This multi-national Tier 1 approach to multiplayer neatly side-steps the issues that 2010's Medal of Honor ran into when it allowed players to play as the Taliban or U.S forces. The Taliban was later changed to a generic opposing force after serious blowback from the Department of Defense and military familes.
Players that pre-order the Medal of Honor Warfighter Limited Edition will unlock the U.S. Navy SEAL Tier 1 Sniper on day one of launch. Or you could just play the game about 40 hours to unlock the unit. You can watch the trailer here.