Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond Wasn’t Always a VR Game
Respawn had been wanting to bring back the Medal of Honor series even before they were approached by Oculus.
Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond is being developed by Respawn in collaboration with Oculus. We knew for a while that the two companies were working together in some way with many assuming that the end result would be related to Titanfall in some way. In an interview with LadBible, there are many things that we didn’t know about during the development of the game according to game director Peter Hirschmann. Such as the game already being in the planning stages before Facebook had even approached Respawn.
Peter Hirschmann stated: “It was one of those things that ‘God wouldn’t be great to bring back Medal of Honor’,” Hirschmann said. “Take everything we’ve learned over the last 20 years, all the modern tools, and do a new Medal of Honor game.”
Hirschman stated that Respawn was “conceptualizing the narrative, the structure, and all that” when Facebook first came to them and they had been trying to reach Vince Zampella (Respawn Entertainment CEO) for quite a while, wanting his studio to create a title for the Oculus Rift.
Respawn took their plans for the Medal of Honor to Oculus, including how much time and money the project would take, and the Facebook-owned company loved it. “They bought it in the room,” Hirschmann says. “They say ‘Yeah, you just described what we want to do’. And we’re like ‘Oh, my God, this is great’.”
There was a time when Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond wasn’t a VR title. Respawn has been conceptualizing the return of the franchise before they were even approached by Oculus. Respawn usually makes fantastic games and I am eager to try this VR rendition of the classic series, but I would still love to see a Medal of Honor title that doesn’t require a VR unit. The series was my first introduction to first-person shooters and I will always have a soft spot for it.