Today, I’m truly excited to announce that there is a new trailer for Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond. Respawn Entertainment and Oculus are partnering to bring us a new title for the franchise that we all thought had died years ago. Not only is Medal of Honor coming back, but you’ll be able to experience the new game in VR.
There’s a specific reason that I’m personally excited about the Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond new trailer. I loved the MoH series, preferring it over the Call of Duty franchise. In the same way that gamers have console wars, I would have debates with CoD fans as to why Medal of Honor was better. Then, MoH just died away, and I eventually gave in and bought Call of Duty Black Ops, my very first CoD game, and am heavily into COD: Modern Warfare now.
Anyway, let’s get to the new trailer for Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond, and then I’ll talk some more as to why I’m excited about it.
New Trailer for Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond
Respawn Entertainment shared a new look into Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond in a new trailer, an innovative VR game that includes a single-player campaign based on real-life events during WWII, with a brand new action-packed trailer.
Today during Gamescom Opening Night Live, Respawn’s founder and CEO, Vince Zampella and Game Director Peter Hirschmann debuted the trailer and chatted with host Geoff Keighley about what fans can expect from the next instalment in the Medal of Honor franchise.
The new trailer showcases Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond’s rich storytelling and insightful historical content as the franchise returns to its roots. Through VR, players will be transported into the boots of a combat engineer who is recruited to join the OSS (Office of Strategic Services), the forerunner of the modern CIA created to conduct espionage and sabotage behind enemy lines during WWII.
Alongside a cast of new and returning characters from throughout the Medal of Honor franchise, players will experience missions that will take them from Tunisia to across Europe, participating in some of the biggest moments of the war.
More information on the game will also be revealed during Facebook Connect on September 16. Stay tuned for more information via the Medal of Honor channels on Twitter and Facebook, and the official website.
What does this mean for the Medal of Honor franchise?
I was reading more about the Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond new trailer on the official blog. If you don’t know this about the game director, Peter Hirschmann has been around since the first Medal of Honor game in 1999. He wrote the story for the game, and has been involved with the series ever since.
“To experience the narrative in VR is wonderful, because they’re talking directly to you,” said Peter. “Once you see it in the headset and you’re there, boy, the performances come through beautifully in a way that’s unique to the VR platform.” Stories have a unique power to connect emotionally with audiences, and Peter believes VR has the power to that connection even further. “Once you put on an Oculus Rift, it’s the closest thing you can get to a time machine.”
The new trailer for Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond excites me, but it leaves some questions unanswered. Will we see VR multiplayer for the game, which would be the first online FPS multiplayer game in VR? That would be incredibly exciting and would definitely make the franchise jump ahead of what COD has to offer.
Here are some more things that Peter had to say during the unveiling of the Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond new trailer.
“If you imagine for a moment what it would’ve been like, to be in these characters’ boots, it gives you a better perspective of what they went through and the world we’re living in today,” Peter said. Hopefully playing the game gets players to take an interest in World War II that lasts long after they’ve finished the campaign.
What are your thoughts? Are you looking forward to the game after seeing the new trailer for Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond? Let us know.