Electronic Arts has recently voiced its disappointment with the release of Medal of Honor: Warfighter. The big budget first person military shooter has gotten slammed by reviewers across the board since its release last week, and this isn’t going to bode well for the publisher. Currently holding a metacritic score in the low 50’s isn’t enticing those on the fence about the game to go out and pick it up.
EA has warned investors that the game will likely miss the company’s sales expectations. “We’re disappointed with the critical reception,” said EA’s Frank Gibeau. “Our internal testing and mock reviews indicated that the game is better than the actual score we have right now. We believe it is… However, we are seeing some folks out there that just don’t like the game.”
Many critics levied complaints about Warfighter, saying that it was a cookie cutter experience doing little that hasn’t been seen or done before. Releasing this game during the highly competitive holiday season may have backfired this time for the publisher. Last year, the opposite was true. Releasing Battlefield 3 ahead of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 had great results for EA, with the franchise seeeing a boost in sales due to its competitive marketing with the Activision.
If the current trends hold, we won’t be seeing another Medal of Honor game for some time. Battlefield 4 appears to be the next big military shooter on deck for EA, and it’s unconfirmed but expected to release in 2013. EA did note that it plans to continue its marketing and DLC plans for the shooter, despite the disappointing release.