During the midst of this Summer in July, Oculus announced that Apex Legends’ developer Respawn Entertainment will be present at the then-upcoming sixth-annual Oculus Connect event hosted in September. And now fast forwarding to today, Respawn has announced that the two-year partnered project with Facebook’s Oculus is a reintroduction to the Medal of Honor franchise.
Revealing Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond, Respawn returns to the core gameplay of the franchise by scrapping the modern adaption of the last two installments, Medal of Honor (2010) & Medal of Honor: Warfighter, and reinvigorating the series with a virtual reality component being added to the mix. Returning to World War II once again, you take the role of an agent in the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) and must fight your way against the Axis Nazi Party.
The story is said to be divided between missions under the OSS and segments assisting the French resistance against the Nazi forces within the boundaries of enemy lines. Peter Hirschmann who wrote the original Medal of Honor back in 1999 returns as Game Director for the newest installment, sharing that the series taught players the importance of those who experienced the actual 20th century global conflict and that Oculus will implement a more immersive experience with Above and Beyond.
Thanks to VR, we can actually put a player in the boots of a WWII soldier with Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond—the immersion that the Rift Platform provides lets us tell that story in a really meaningful way, sharing the full impact of the sacrifices and camaraderie of our shared history. Interviewing veterans of WWII was an immense privilege and allowed us to ensure its respect and faithfulness to those who served. They’re helping us drive home the full emotional and historical weight of this subject matter with players in a way that really resonates.
In the short trailer showcasing the new title, players can truly play through the experience of what the soldiers that were actually in combat lived through and relive some of the moments that they were able to return to tell. Hirschmann goes on to share that Respawn in the development of the game interviewed veterans from the war to give their experience which were then translated into the project to give a realistic view for the game.
Respawn later reveals that on top of the single player experience for the title, multiplayer will also be offered with the full game with a selection of online modes to choose from. Returning to the veterans who helped construct the game’s story campaign, there will also be a story gallery to hear the first-hand experience that occurred during their time in service.
Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond is said to come to Oculus Rift in 2020.