Medal of Honor: Warfighter Sales Continue to Disappoint

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Medal of Honor: Warfighter Sales Continue to Disappoint

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EA's attempt to revive a storied series isn't going as well as it planned.

EA's Medal of Honor: Warfighter has some pretty stiff holiday competition, including a new Halo title and, of course, Call of Duty looming on the horizon, but its first week U.S. sales numbers are even lower than most predicted: 300,000 units. Current worldwide estimates put sales at just over 500,000. Compared to 2010's Medal of Honor title, which sold over 2 million units in its first two weeks, those numbers aren't making anyone at EA very happy.

Warfighter has taken it on the chin from critics far and wide, with complaints ranging from game-breaking bugs to a weak storyline. The game currently holds a Metacritic rating in the mid 50's, reflecting a general consensus that the new title - and perhaps even the franchise as a whole - is stale.

The poor retail numbers aren't a surprise to EA, and the company knew right away that the game wasn't off to a great start. In the company's own financial projections, CEO John Riccitiello warned that earnings would be "soft" thanks to Warfighter's lackluster performance.

EA's plan to compete with Activision's Call of Duty series has been to launch new iterations of the Medal of Honor and Battlefield franchises in offsetting years, much like the flip-flop release schedule of the Modern Warfare and Black Ops flavors of Call of Duty. If this year's reviews and sales figures are any hint of the future, this strategy will need some serious tweaking.

Source: GamesIndustry

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500,000 units worldwide? How much money did they pour into this?

EA just stop trying to compete with Activision for your own sake.

Good. The first game was god awful, and nothing from the previews gave me any hope that this would be any different. I love how they basically just said, "Let's copy Activision and it'll be like printing money!"

Hats off to Activision for pulling it off well. Can't wait for Black Ops 2 next week...

Honestly I think they're just trying to hold a pillow over MOH's face so they can put full focus on Battlefield.

It should be this way, MOH Warfighter is just another COD ripoff.

I hope this failure might make EA focus on making good games instead of BROWN SHOOTER X.

... This wasn't unexpected?

Let's just think for a sec. Another terrible, short "cinematic" linear single player with invisible walls and next to no story? Another poorly balanced progression-based multi player? Yep, that'll revive the series for sure!

They stopped trying ages ago. Let the series rest, there are enough MMS games on the market already.

CardinalPiggles:
500,000 units worldwide? How much money did they pour into this?

EA just stop trying to compete with Activision for your own sake.

They put more into marketing than development. That's their problem. And that's how fuckin' retarded they are.

And honestly what the fuck did they think will happen? Did they think this modern military shooter shit will last forever? Even CoD had to slightly change this year.

Could it be that this is the end for crappy quasi-realistic shooter series? Could this be the beginning of quality games returning from the abyss wherein they were cast?

Probably not, but it's a start. By the Gods I hope it's a start.

yuval152:
It should be this way, MOH is just another COD ripoff.

I hope this failure might make EA focus on making good games instead of BROWN SHOOTER X.

First release of Medal of Honor: October 31, 1999

First release of Battlefield (1942): September 10, 2002

First release of Call of Duty: October 29, 2003

I'm totally on board with every modern military shooter crashing and burning, but Medal of Honor was arguably the first major MMS (depending on whether you classify Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six [August 21, 1998] as "major"). Call of Duty is actually a fairly late entry to the genre.

Not surprising, it just doesn't generate as much excitement as CoD or Battlefield.

Azuaron:

yuval152:
It should be this way, MOH is just another COD ripoff.

I hope this failure might make EA focus on making good games instead of BROWN SHOOTER X.

First release of Medal of Honor: October 31, 1999

First release of Battlefield (1942): September 10, 2002

First release of Call of Duty: October 29, 2003

I'm totally on board with every modern military shooter crashing and burning, but Medal of Honor was arguably the first major MMS (depending on whether you classify Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six [August 21, 1998] as "major"). Call of Duty is actually a fairly late entry to the genre.

I was talking about Warfighter, everybody knows that MOH(series) came before COD.

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I hope EA realises soon that copying the competition won't do them any good...

Or... just let it die and keep milking Battlefield.

Azuaron:

yuval152:
It should be this way, MOH is just another COD ripoff.

I hope this failure might make EA focus on making good games instead of BROWN SHOOTER X.

First release of Medal of Honor: October 31, 1999

First release of Battlefield (1942): September 10, 2002

First release of Call of Duty: October 29, 2003

I'm totally on board with every modern military shooter crashing and burning, but Medal of Honor was arguably the first major MMS (depending on whether you classify Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six [August 21, 1998] as "major"). Call of Duty is actually a fairly late entry to the genre.

All of the games you mentioned were WWII shooters; Battlefield 2 & Arma I were the first MMS's.

I can't help feeling that TotalBiscuit's critique of Warfighter resulted in the sales drop, or maybe gamers are becoming smarter.

(remembers CoD kiddie encounters)

...

Probably due to TB then.

I was kinda looking forward to playing Warfighter... too bad it's not on Steam, I'm not so interested that I'm gonna download Origin. Work it out w/ Valve, EA! Ya jackholes!

Delta force black hawk down was the first mms. I remember plating the demo, and it wa pretty much like the modern n warfare games.

I reeeeeeeally hope this doesn't cost to many people their jobs...

Oh hey, Bad games selling poorly. I can honestly say I'm happy about this. Next step; Good games selling well!

Good.

The industry needs to learn that copying CoD will not garentee you sales anymore.

It's a shame, really, because the first few Medal of Honour games were absolutely great. Pacific Assault is, for me, the pinnacle of WW2 shooters, and that was a Medal of Honour game. But given that the last two MoH games have been appalling (whatever the last one was called, and then that terribad Medal of Honour Airborne), it's hardly surprising that people have stopped buying.

this is one series that might want to consider going back to ww2 or just going away all together. shame the series came to this i have fond memories of pacific assault and rising sun

Good yesss, good.

I might pick it up for a laugh in a few months, as the desperation to sell all their units reaches laughable levels.

Serves them right!

Turn it into an RTS. That'll turn some heads :p

Diversity, new IP's!

Nah, just remake the old ones and say the technology to be able to move a guy 2cm to the left is revolutionary... (serious, I remember someone said that in an old article)

Can't get the tune from Doorfighter out of my head...

Give it a week, they will have found a way to add to this to their "this is why new IPs are too risky and we won't support that many of them in the future"

"...But, Medal of Honor is an old franchise... which you have yanked out of its original setting and element, and then milked, surely this just proves tha-"

EA while nodding sagely: "New IPs, too risky"

CardinalPiggles:
500,000 units worldwide? How much money did they pour into this?

EA just stop trying to compete with Activision for your own sake.

Or even better, stop competing with themselves.

lancar:
Turn it into an RTS. That'll turn some heads :p

It will sadden you to know that they've actually done that before, except it was trying to turn an RTS franchise into an FPS, which obviously failed miserably because EA's management are total morons.
When EA bought out Westwood in 1998 EA let them release the game the next installment of their highly acclaimed Command and Conquer series, which sold like hotcakes, and then told the developers "Now make us a sci-fi FPS to compete with Halo"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Command_%26_Conquer:_Renegade

It was actually a fairly decent game for the time, but everyone just took one look at the game and asked "Why does this exist?" and compared to Halo it didn't stand a chance.

Of course the underperformance of that game led to Westwood getting shut down and amalgamated, so I wonder how whoever was in charge of Warfighters' development is doing, and what will happen to MOH after this; Crappy online Free2play maybe?

you do realise they said this about medal of honor in 2010 and ea wouldnt have made a sequel if the sales were shit so yeah im saying theyre lying again and im not even a fanboy because i dont play moh

lancar:
Turn it into an RTS. That'll turn some heads :p

DO YOU EVEN REMEMBER THE LAST RTS THAT STUDIO MADE?!!!! EA FORCED them to change its name and created a new studio to make ONLY strategy games.

Hero in a half shell:
so I wonder how whoever was in charge of Warfighters' development is doing, and what will happen to MOH after this; Crappy online Free2play maybe?

IT'S EALA, THE SAME STUDIO THAT EA REPLACED WESTWOOD WITH!!! They should know that giving it a new name and just let it make the only game that studio had left after that failure called C&C4 isn't going to stop them from making another failure after that game.

lancar:
Turn it into an RTS. That'll turn some heads :p

I would be interested to see a major publisher make a new RTS. Although if they converted medal of honor i think they should do it like ground control.

I feel compelled to go into a small rant given the responses that I have read earlier in this thread.

The only reason I will not touch this game is because it requires Origin. I played the earlier Medal of Honor, and I enjoyed it. However, I don't feel like polluting my PC with Origin. EA really shot themselves in the foot with that digital distribution software of theirs. If it shows up on Steam, I may give it a shot, assuming the price is right.

PunkRex:
I reeeeeeeally hope this doesn't cost to many people their jobs...

Nah, devs get fired before shipping.

As to whether or not any of the morons in management that came up with this retarded 'follow the COD gravy train' get fired...

Hero in a half shell:

lancar:
Turn it into an RTS. That'll turn some heads :p

It will sadden you to know that they've actually done that before, except it was trying to turn an RTS franchise into an FPS, which obviously failed miserably because EA's management are total morons.
When EA bought out Westwood in 1998 EA let them release the game the next installment of their highly acclaimed Command and Conquer series, which sold like hotcakes, and then told the developers "Now make us a sci-fi FPS to compete with Halo"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Command_%26_Conquer:_Renegade

It was actually a fairly decent game for the time, but everyone just took one look at the game and asked "Why does this exist?" and compared to Halo it didn't stand a chance.

Of course the underperformance of that game led to Westwood getting shut down and amalgamated, so I wonder how whoever was in charge of Warfighters' development is doing, and what will happen to MOH after this; Crappy online Free2play maybe?

Yup. I both know and remember it all :) Maybe I should've included a /sarcasm tag. The joke being that they try to convert every game and their dog into FPS's, but almost never the other way around.

lancar:
Yup. I both know and remember it all :) Maybe I should've included a /sarcasm tag. The joke being that they try to convert every game and their dog into FPS's, but almost never the other way around.

Funnily enough - the above mentioned Halo in fact HAD a RTS-game (Halo Wars). Only on console, sadly, but hey. It can be done. And apparently, it was decent. Not good enough to make more of them, but still alright.

Half Life 2 Wars (mod) also tries the same (Turning Half Life 2 into a RTS) and if we think and search long enough, we probably find a few more games, where that works.

Hahahaha. Yet they churn out the same shit year after year and will continue to do so. Executives' response to this will be "you screwed up! it's not enough Call of Duty!", not some much-needed epiphany in which they realise it failed precisely because it tried to be Call of Duty. Because it failed to differentiate itself in a market where CoD fanboys aren't interested in anything other than Call of Duty and everyone else is sick of it. If MoH had stuck to WWII and tried to innovate, it would have sold well.

tsb247:

So every modern military shooter is a copy of COD now? Damn, I remember playing Medal of Honor long before COD existed. Is ArmA II or III copying/going to copy COD as well?

I just think that is a particularly annoying response to this particular franchise, and it's especially annoying seeing as how the Medal of Honor franchise existed LONG before Call of Duty came around, and *gasp* it could be said that they copied Medal of Honor by making a WWII FPS!

Oh wait, they just capitalized on a popular idea. TONS of FPS titles released in the late 90s and early 2000s were WWII shooters based on the same premise. Medal of Honor did it before Call of Duty. Period.[/

No, Arma and Battlefield definitely aren't MMS ripoffs, nor will they be inclined to as they have their own unique features which make them distinguishable from any Call of Duty game. But what has happened here is that Medal of Honor has become a follower, not a leader in the genre, and is reduced to copying whatever Call of Duty does and doing a terrible job of it, too. I hate to say it, but Call of Duty was innovative at the time. It was quite different to Medal of Honor originally.

This sort of homogeneous me-tooism is bad for games and copying a tired, dull, and repetitive formula deserves a negative response.

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