A lot of people love giving flack to Activision for pushing out a new "Call of Duty" game year after year. Little do they realize that EA does the same game with their shooter franchises, the difference is in the title.
EA, or Electronic Arts, publishes both the "Medal of Honor" and "Battlefield" franchises. Each year, the franchises have been taking their shots at "Call of Duty". On year it's "Battlefield: Bad Company 2", the next year it was the reboot of "Medal of Honor", and so on. See, Activision isn't the only company doing it.
In 2012, "Medal of Honor: Warfighter" came out to horrible reviews and downright nightmarish sales. In it's defense, the game was going up against "Halo 4", "Call of Duty: Black Ops 2" and if you want, "Borderlands 2". Even though "Warfighter" itself was a sequel, it's previous game barely made a dent in the sales and reviews, and it was up against some hefty sequel competition.
In light of sales and reviews, EA has elected to pull the "Medal of Honor" franchise "out of rotation". The company announced during it's financial call this after noon that the franchise suffered poor commercial and critical reception, so it's being lead out to pasture.
"The game was solid, but the focus on combat authenticity did not resonate with consumers. Critics were polarized and gave the game scores which were, frankly, lower than it deserved. 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," said EA COO Peter Moore.
Frank Gibeau, EA Labels present talked about "Medal of Honor: Warfighter" missing the marketplace when it dropped last year: "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, and frankly we missed on Medal of Honor. And we take responsibility for that, if you look at Medal of Honor as a specific case, it was really about a hit missing."
Most EA shooter fans stuck with "Battlefield 3", which continued to see more DLC released for the game well over a year since it's launch. Those fans skipped on "Warfighter" and now how their sights set on "Battlefield 4."
EA still has their "Battlefield" and "Bad Company" franchises to fall back on when it comes to taking on "Call of Duty." This year should be a very interesting year for shooters.