When the original Medal of Honor launched way back in 1999 it included a feature called ‘The Gallery’, with stories from veterans of WWII. When Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond was announced last year Respawn Entertainment said it would be making a return, with a newly released trailer giving a first look.
The Gallery will be a collection of short documentary films featuring interviews and stories recounted by WWII veterans. The studio brought in Emmy-winning filmmaker Anthony Giacchino to create the pieces, who then added a further dimension by taking some of the veterans to locations where they stood in Europe 75+ years previously to recant their experiences.
“The goal of Medal of Honor is to be grounded and emotionally authentic. To be as true as we can to the people who actually fought in it and lived in it,” said Peter Hirschmann, game director of Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond in a blog post. “The goal is to tell and show as much truth as possible and let people get the tiniest of glimpses of what it must’ve been like.”
Also included in The Gallery will be 360° VR footage of pivotal locations from throughout WWII such as Omaha Beach.
While Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond has been confirmed for PC VR headsets, there’s also a possibility of Oculus Quest support in the future. Nothing is guaranteed yet but in a recent Reddit post, Oculus Studios Executive Producer Mike Doran responded to a question regarding native support for Oculus Quest 2 by saying: “We are going to try, once the PC sku is finished.”
When it arrives next month Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond will feature a single-player campaign with the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) aiding the French Resistance on daring raids against Nazi bases. The title will also feature a multiplayer, with five modes and 10 maps for 12 player matches.