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EA Giving Medal of Honor a Break, Delays Fuse

Publisher taking MoH "out of rotation," but still committed to yearly shooters.

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It might be a few years before we see another Medal of Honor game from Electronic Arts, and it’ll be a few months more until Insomniac Games delivers Fuse.

Both pieces of news were delivered during the publisher’s quarterly financial call this afternoon.

"The game was solid, but the focus on combat authenticity did not resonate with consumers," said EA COO Peter Moore. "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."

We’ll likely see Medal of Honor again, but probably not as a near-future military shooter (I hope) of the last two games. Medal of Honor: Warfighter was hardly the worst shooter ever, but its obvious mediocrity, combined with a botched and heavily scrutinized PR campaign, doomed the game. Good games have enough trouble these days.

EA remains committed to having a high-profile first-person-shooter each year, though, and it's unclear what will take its place in the years ahead. Battlefield 4 has already been teased by DICE and EA, and there's the still mysterious new shooter from Respawn Entertainment waiting in the wings.

Fuse underwent a notable aesthetic shift to the realistic in the past year, which helped explain the lengthy waiting period between the game’s original announcement and when we saw it again. “Extra work,” according to EA, is being put into the game, and that means another slight delay.

Fuse is now scheduled to be released in EA’s first fiscal quarter, which means between April 1 and June 30.

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