Medal of Honor Developer Not Who We Thought

You would have thought that the newest installment in the Medal of Honor series was being developed by Digital Illusions Creative Entertainment (DICE), right? It only seems natural, what with all of the credit being paid to them and the fact that anybody who bought either of the company’s latest titles, Battlefield 1943 or Battlefield Bad Company 2, got access to the game’s beta when they pre-ordered the game.  Apparently that’s not the case.

According to a recently released statement from Electronic Arts, the game is being developed by Danger Close, a brand new studio created just for Medal of Honor. “Medal of Honor is the first game to fall under the Danger Close studio. And because the term “danger close” is all about pushing the boundaries, it’s the perfect fit for Medal of Honor given the team’s decision to take on a story that is both controversial and one that needs to be told,” reads the statement.

For those of you not up on your military lingo, danger close is a term used to describe support fire that is in close proximity to friendly forces, usually between 500 and 600 meters from the target. Both push separate boundaries; the military term because it puts the lives of allied soldiers at risk, and the development studio because it is telling the story of real-world task forces that carry out highly controversial missions that are shrouded in secrecy.

This news will surely come as a shock to the fans looking forward to Medal of Honor, especially those who got access to the beta because of one of DICE’s previous titles. But shock value aside, the whole situation begs the question: if DICE was never developing the Medal of Honor, what have they been doing to get their name in the credits up to this point?