|Electronic Arts mod and playtester blasts publisher over Warfighter|
|Posted: 26.11.2012 17:35 by JonahFalcon||Comments: 9|
An Electronic Arts moderator and playtester blasted the publisher for what he considers a "betrayal" regarding Medal of Honor: Warfighter, blaming the company for ruining what he considered a "phenominal" (sic) shooter during playtesting.
The mod's main issue was EA forcing a linear, cinematic approach similar to Call of Duty, and eschewing a player choice-driven gameplay.
In an open letter, which can be read , the mod wrote, "During the Electronic Arts press conferences of E3 ’11 and ’12 it was clear the goal of your great company was to take shares from Activision and dethrone Call of Duty as the go-to franchise and shooter of choice. This tactic has proven to be your down fall and where you have betrayed the trust of your fans, gamers and consumers."
He praised the 2010 Medal of Honor reboot developed by Greg Goodrich and Danger Close Games, stating that the "moving and emotional storyline of the Tier 1 soldier invaded our hearts and living room." The mod went so far as to say Goodrich was a "hero".
When asked to playtest Medal of Honor: Warfighter, however, the mod was told that Goodrich was on "vacation". "Little did I know at the time that “Vacation” meant something entirely different than sipping pinacolota’s (sic) on the beach," he bitterly stated.
He went on to state. "If you truly want to dethrone Call of Duty and Activision, you’re going to have to listen to your community leaders and let them help you create the best experience possible. Not just for Medal of Honor but for all of your marquee franchises. Forcing us to play a adaptation of the original that’s been riddled with problems, and injected with Hollywood moments (Zero Dark Thirty) like Medal of Honor: Warfighter is not how you garner trust. You’re going to have to prove to us that you will support your own franchises and their development teams regardless of profits. Cutting your losses will only hurt your reputation even further. There are hundreds upon thousands of us fans willing to give you advice if only you were willing to listen instead of trying to only make a profit. We’re not looking for money or fame, we’re merely looking for the quality that Electronic Arts was known for years ago."
Medal of Honor: Warfighter was released on the 23rd October 2012 on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 to almost universally bad reviews.