Danger Close’s Rich Farrelly believes Medal Of Honor 2010′s Metascore was unfair, however they’ve “listened to feedback over the years,” and will address “a lot of things” in the new game. He also praised Medal Of Honor’s performance in the sales department, making a point of it never being mentioned in the media.
“The Metacritic rating was a lot lower than what we would’ve liked,” Farrelly told GamesOnNet in a recent interview. “I’m gonna save my comments on what I think about that site, but you know what? It was the best-selling Medal of Honor ever. It came up on 6 million units sold. No one ever mentions that. We’re really proud of that.
I think there was a really high bar of expectation set for us, and maybe we didn’t meet certain aspects of that. The single-player campaign had its issues, but overall I think it stands on its own two feet – and we’ve definitely been listening to the feedback over the past few years, and we’ve been addressing a lot of things.”
According to Farrelly, Danger Close is striving to differentiate Warfighter from other shooters by making sure that the game’s story is told from a soldier’s point of view, something they hope will add more emotion, and evoke a deeper sense of connection to the game from the player.
“It gets more involved as you go along in the game. We touched on it a bit in the last game, by concentrating on the brotherhood aspect of it and the emotional side of the conflict; the non-military side.
This time around, it’s more about family. It’s more about these guys. You know, they’re deployed 300 days of the year. Some of them have wives and kids, and sometimes they can’t even tell their wife where they’re going. Their buzzer goes off, and they have to go. You can imagine the kind of stress that would put on a family; you can imagine what that would do to a marriage over time.
We want to explore that path with the main character Preacher – how he deals with that and how that all resolves.”
Medal of Honor: Warfighter sees a release October 23rd in the U.S., and on the 26th of the same month in Europe.