Respawn Entertainment and EA have announced that their WW2 VR shooter Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond will be out on 11th December 2020.
The game has been developed in partnership with Oculus and Facebook, and so will be available for Oculus Rift via the Oculus Store, but is also coming to Steam with OpenVR support and cross-platform play. That’s important for the various multiplayer modes, with more details coming between now and launch.
In the meantime, we can revisit the single player story trailer from the end of August.
Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond drops you into the role of an Allied agent of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), going on a tour of duty across Europe. The cinematic story will take place across three acts, starting off with a collaboration with the French Resistance, then diving into the fray on D-Day, and finally dismantling the Nazi’s secret weapons programmes. Through the campaign, it’s now been revealed that you’ll have a veteran sergeant and a British medic as your companions, while there will also be appearances from classic Medal of Honor characters Manon Batiste and Dr. Gronke.
Being built from the ground up for VR, there won’t be any cutscenes, with everything in the game witnessed through your eyes. Respawn are looking to tap into the immersive properties of the world, letting you catch grenades out of the air, pick up and throw pans at enemy soldiers, throw knives, jump out of planes and so much more.
The game will feature both a single player campaign and multiplayer modes, but Vince Zampella opened the video explaining how grounded in real experiences it is (though obviously sensationalised). It will also give you the opportunity to sit down in VR with WWII veterans and survivors to hear them tell the first-hand stories that they brought back from one of the most tumultuous periods in our history.
Source: press release