Pacific Assault, the latest entry in EA's WW2 shooter franchise, is fast approaching completion, and is showing every intention of taking back the crown so effortlessly lifted by Call Of Duty last year. E3 gave us a chance to sample some single-player missions, but we also had a chat with multiplayer producer Matt Powers about the online side of the game.
"Medal Of Honor is known as the best single-player first-person shooter of all time. We want people to say the same thing about the multiplayer game."
Matt's key weapon in this battle is a new game mode called Invader. Smelling strongly of Enemy Territory, Invader is an objective-based attack-and-defend game for two teams. "We've based all the scenarios on real-life battles," says Matt. "Generally, the Japanese are on an island defending and the allies are attacking."
In a first for Medal Of Honor, Invader is also set to feature a full set of player classes, including corpsman (medic), combat engineer and basic infantry - again, strongly parallelling Enemy Territory. "We're integrating drivable vehicles as well," adds Matt. "It's not a vehicle combat game by any means, but vehicles are integrated in a few appropriate places in the maps."
EA is also promising first-class community support, including stat-tracking, anti-cheat devices and maximum support for modders.
According to our sources the multiplayer game is almost done, so expect a playtest soon.