In an interview with the New York Times, EA Executive Producer Greg Goodrich has stated that in order to secure an additional installment in the reboot of the Medal of Honor franchise, the upcoming game needs to sell in excess of 3 million units. Last week, industry analyst Michael Pachter already predicted that the game is likely to sell upwards of 3.5 million units.
In that same interview with the New York Times, Goodrich indicated that the game was originally intended to focus on events that took place during Operation Anaconda. This operation was one of the first major campaigns during the war in Afghanistan, and took place in early March 2002. However, one of the consultants who assisted in the development of the game indicated that these missions “hit a little close to home,” and would “put a sour taste in our brothers’ mouths.” Goodrich even indicated that, per request of these consultants, the game was eventually scaled back a bit. Where the focus of the game was originally on accuracy and realism, the consultants helped in shifting the game towards a focus on authenticity and plausibility.
Medal of Honor will be available in North American territories on October 12th, 2010.