Electronic Arts has confirmed that next installment in its Medal of Honor series is a modern-day shooter set in Afghanistan, confirming earlier speculation. The game will be released next year for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.
The game centers on the Tier 1 Operator, "a relatively unknown entity directly under the National Command Authority who takes on missions no one else can handle."
"Medal of Honor returns to the front lines, this time in today's war. For the first time in the franchise's 10-year history, Medal of Honor is leaving the WWII theatre and putting players in war-torn Afghanistan. Electronic Arts Inc. today revealed that in 2010, Medal of Honor, an all-new first-person shooter game, will introduce the Tier 1 Operator: a relatively unknown entity directly under the National Command Authority who takes on missions no one else can handle."
The development team has been working with an actual Tier 1 unit to "create the most authentic modern war experience." Inspired by real events, the game focuses on the mission of "today's most elite soldier."
"The development team has been working closely with Tier 1 Operators from the US Special Operations Community since the earliest stages of development to create the most authentic modern war experience. Set against the backdrop of a rugged and brutal landscape, Medal of Honor depicts modern military operations through the lens of a small band of fictional characters. Inspired by real events, Medal of Honor reveals the mission of today's most elite soldier – his will, his mindset and his uncompromising professionalism."
The press release continues to say that the single-player campaign is being developed by Electronic Arts' Los Angeles studio and DICE, creators of the Battlefield series, is developing then game's multiplayer component.
"Medal of Honor is being built with a best-in-class single-player campaign. The Medal of Honor development team at EALA has been hand-selected by the studio leadership of General Manager Sean Decker, Executive Producer Greg Goodrich and Senior Creative Director Rich Farrelly. To compliment the single-player experience, EALA has enlisted the multiplayer expertise at EA DICE. This team will develop the multiplayer experience of Medal of Honor. These two studios are coming together to deliver a world-class Medal of Honor that is poised to re-set and re-boot the franchise for a new generation.
"Tune in to Spike TV's 2009 Video Game Awards on Saturday, December 12 at 8pm PST for a world-premier first-look at Medal of Honor."