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Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond is Respawn Entertainment's next VR game

Published: 09:23, 26 September 2019
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Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond VR announcement
Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond

Respawn Entertainment and Oculus announced Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond, a VR shooter set in World War 2, set for release at some point in 2020.

Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond will be an Oculus VR exclusive first-person shooter where players will be playing as an Office of Strategic Services (OSS) agent working with the French Resistance. One interesting part the trailer mentions is that the Resistance used music to coordinate attacks, which set an interesting stage of shooting German soldiers with classic music in the background.

Respawn are certainly looking to innovate and produce moments of thrill for the players as mechanics like catching a grenade mid-air and throwing it back at the enemy or having to pull a gun while climbing a hill due to a Nazi surprise are seemingly littered over the game.

 Improvisation is playing a large part in the combat as well. There are several scenes where the player gets some creative kills, be it from picking up a pan and throwing it at an enemy or switching from the usual stabbing role of a knife to throwing it due to the opponent having a firearm and the player seemingly stuck with a melee weapon.

The game is releasing at some point in 2020 but the exact release date or even a more narrow window is not available at the moment. Considering the next generation of PlayStation and Xbox is coming in later parts of the year, it's possible MoH: Above and Beyond will come sooner in order to avoid date clashing with the two platforms.

Ironically enough, Medal of Honor series mostly grew to popularity with the World War 2 themes prior to Call of Duty happening in 2003. It was Infinity Ward who kicked off the latter franchise but the newly-founded team comprised of key people who later created Respawn Entertainment such as Jason West and Vince Zampella. It looks like World War 2 shooter development reached a full circle now.

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