Respawn Entertainment’s Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond is gearing up to be the biggest virtual reality (VR) launch of the month, coming to PC VR headsets next week. The studio has been fairly vocal about the single-player campaign and the Gallery feature yet remained secretive about the multiplayer. Until now of course, with the first trailer dropping for the online mode.
While the campaign has you fighting Nazi’s the multiplayer is more concerned with all-out battles across Europe, with everyone in period clothes to ensure no one really stands out – as you would in an SS uniform for example.
The multiplayer is split across five gameplay modes, all of which support 12 players matches involving both human and AI opponents. These are:
- Mad Bomber: Plant bombs to score big kill points and defuse opponents.
- Domination: Control large areas with your team.
- Team Deathmatch: Your classic squad-based mode. Most kills win.
- Deathmatch: A WWII free-for-all.
- Blast Radius: Adds an explosive twist to King of the Hill. Keep opponents at bay with a rocket launcher.
The multiplayer is entirely cross-platform, so you can jump in via Oculus Rift through the Oculus Store and team up with mates who are using a Valve Index or HTC Vive via Steam.
Not only does the trailer showcase all the individual gameplay mode but you get to see some new levels, fighting on ships, in small village squares and inside fortified bunkers. Plus there’s plenty of immersive realism throughout, whether that’s reloading weapons, throwing enemy grenades back at them or using cover to maximum effect.
As for the rest of the videogame, Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond will offer a single-player campaign where you’re a part of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) aiding the French Resistance on daring raids against Nazi bases. The Gallery then adds weight to the entire experience with short documentary films featuring interviews and stories recounted by WWII veterans.