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Medal of Honor: Warfighter aiming for authenticity

EA's creative director says Medal of Honor: Warfighter is all about authenticity.

Authenticity is what makes the Medal of Honor franchise stand out from all the other war-based shooters on the market.

This is the view of EA senior creative director Richard Farrelly, who also oversaw the hugely popular Battlefield 3.

While true realism is never an option - wars are slow, painful and can last for a decade - authenticity is the hook on which Medal of Honour hangs its hat, as opposed to the all-guns blazing carnage found on the Battlefield.

Warfighter is perhaps the most authentic yet, as the missions within it are based on real-life operations undertaken by Tier-1 operatives.

The soldiers themselves had their input on the game, and Farrelly told Computer and Video Games that this is key to obtaining this authenticity.

"I think that's what separates Medal of Honor apart from the other guys. We take it very seriously," he said.

"Without that, an interesting setting and story... we're a floating gun in a world. At least that's how we view it. It's really important for us - that's Medal of Honor's identity. Respecting the soldiers and telling the story from their point of view."

In Warfighter, the online multiplayer modes have been developed in-house by EA's Danger Close studio, a step-change after outsourcing it to DICE last time around.

Farrelly admits that this was a "huge" decision for the company, but they felt it was important to give this instalment of the franchise one single, consistent vision.

Furthermore, the multiplayer games will allow Warfighter to go global.

"Talking to our consultants, they've worked with guys from all over the world and they were like, 'these guys are every bit as good as our guys'," Farrelly revealed.

"So we felt what better way to honour them and portray them than to have 12 of the world's best units from different nations in the game."

These will include both the British and Australian SAS, the German KSK and the Polish GROM.ADNFCR-1220-ID-801319116-ADNFCR