EA is shelving the recently rebooted Medal of Honor franchise, citing well below expectations” sales in what it calls a hit-driven business”.
We are taking Medal of Honor out of the rotation and have a plan to bring year-over-year continuity to our shooter offerings,” said EA COO Peter Moore at an earnings call with investors.
Moore seemed to link the commercial failure of the latest in the series, Medal of Honor: Warfigter, to its mixed critical reception. "Critics were polarised and gave the game scores which were, frankly, lower than it deserved," said Moore.
"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," added EA Labels president Frank Gibeau.
EA’s revenue for the quarter was $1.18 billion, failing to meet its own estimate of $1.25 to $1.35 billion despite an impressive 12 million sales for FIFA 13. The company blamed the lacklustre sales of Warfighter for failing to meet its target.
EA also took the opportunity to announce that it was delaying Insomniac Games’ co-op shooter Fuse to the second quarter of the calendar year (April to June). To specific date was announced.
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