Medal of Honor is no more, at least for the moment. During a financial call picked up by Eurogamer last night, EA's chief operating officer Peter Moore called time on the resurrected franchise in light of "well below expectations" sales of the recent Medal of Honor: Warfighter.
There was scope for a parting shock at reviewers, however. "Critics were polarized and gave the game scores which were, frankly, lower than it deserved," Moore observed. "This one is behind us now. We are taking Medal of Honor out of the rotation and have a plan to bring year-over-year continuity to our shooter offerings."
(Here's our Warfighter review so you can see what he's talking about.)
"We're in a hit-driven business where it's about what you can build in a certain period of time and really deliver for the marketplace," added EA Labels president Frank Gibeau, "And frankly we missed on Medal of Honor. And we take responsibility for that."
According to the pair, EA's failure to meet net revenue projections of $1.25 to $1.35 billion for the last quarter is entirely the fault of Warfighter (the publisher pulled in $1.18 billion in the end). The bigger picture for EA is reasonably bright - net revenue for 2012 was $1.65 billion, and the company's spring portfolio promises to perform well.
This month's Dead Space 3 demo has been seen 44 per cent more downloads than Dead Space 2's demo, EA noted, and Crysis 3 pre-orders are apparently 40 per cent higher than those of Crysis 2. Alas, Insomniac's Fuse has now been delayed into the second quarter of calendar 2013.
Do you mourn the passing of Medal of Honor? Somehow, I suspect the makers of Serious Sam 3: BFE don't.