Electronic Arts announced that the "Medal of Honor" series has been pulled "out of rotation" during an earnings call Wednesday. The series was rebooted in 2010 for the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC but poor reviews and sales of "Medal of Honor: Warfighter" has EA looking for other options now.
"We struggled with two challenges: the slowdown that impacted the entire sector and poor critical and commercial reception for 'Medal of Honor Warfighter,'" EA COO Peter Moore said. "Medal of Honor was an obvious miss. 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," he added. 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."
EA Labels president Frank Gibeau added: "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."
This leaves Electronic Arts with the "Battlefield" franchise and its spin-off, "Bad Company" as the top shooters. There are other possibilities to be the off-year replacement for "Medal of Honor" including whatever new franchise that Respawn Entertainment, helmed by the former "Call of Duty" creators, will announce.