Respawn Entertainment already had plans before Oculus showed up.
„It was one of those things that ‘God wouldn’t be great to bring back Medal of Honor’ – take everything we’ve learned over the last 20 years, all the modern tools, and do a new Medal of Honor game. We were conceptualizing the narrative, the structure, and all that when Facebook (the owners of Oculus) contacted Vince Zampella (the head of Respawn who they tried to find for a while) to create a title for the Oculus Rift. They bought the plans in the room – they say ‘Yeah, you just described what we want to do’. And we’re like ‘Oh, my God, this is great,’” Peter Hirschmann, the director of the Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond, told LadBible in an interview. So it was first planned to be a regular shooter before Oculus got involved in it.
„Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond is an action-packed and incredibly immersive virtual reality experience set in World War II, where you step into the boots of an agent of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) in war-torn Europe. A deep single-player campaign takes you through historic events on land, air, and sea, sabotaging Nazi bases, subverting enemy plans, aiding the French Resistance, and much, much more. With the Oculus Rift, we’re bringing players into the Medal of Honor series in an entirely new way, with an experience that transports you back to Europe in the 1940s. It’s the closest thing to a time machine you’ll ever see.
Medal of Honor has always been about celebrating the everyday people who did extraordinary things in the face of overwhelming odds, and Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond continues that tradition in new and unique ways. Using interviews and 360-degree footage, we’ve had the privilege of capturing powerful first-hand stories from combat veterans of the war, using state-of-the-art technology to preserve their stories for future generations. It’s an incredible feeling for us to be back working with this series again, telling unforgettable stories of the men and women who stood up and fought against evil,” Hirschmann said back in September when the game got announced.
Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond is out next year on the Oculus Rift. We’re curious to see how the multiplayer will be implemented.
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