Following on from poor review scores and general reception of Medal of Honor: Warfighter, the game series has been put on hold by EA after a financial call was held.
EA COO Peter Moore announced the news at the meeting:
“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.”
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.”
The blame appears to be put on Medal of Honor, with EA estimating a net revenue of $1.25 to $1.35 billion from the last quarter. Unfortunately, EA only made $1.18 billion, so they didn’t quite meet their target.
It’s not all gloom and doom for EA however, as FIFA 13 and Battlefield 3 Premium performed well, with the long-running football series selling over 12 million units last year – 23 per cent higher than FIFA 12. While, Battlefield 3 Premium has 2.9 million subscribers to date, with over $108 million in sales.
From the meeting we also learned that Fuse has been delayed into Q2 of 2013 and it was announced that the Dead Space 3 demo was downloaded 44 per cent more than the Dead Space 2 demo.