EA's Australian outpost EA Play has announced Medal of Honor: Airborne, confirming previous reports suggesting this was to be the next title in the WWII first-person shooter series. Airborne is in development for PS3, Xbox 360, PS2, Xbox and PC and is due to release at the end of the year - so we hope for EA's sake that Sony's next-gen console is with us by then.
Airborne finds you assuming the role of Boyd Travers, Private First Class of the 82nd Airborne Division, and fighting across war-torn Europe. Events kick off in Sicily and culminate in operations in Germany during the final days of the conflict, each mission in the title beginning with a parachute drop into combat hot zones. Airdrops are described as "interactive", which turns out to mean that you're presented with the ability to determine your own starting point in a mission.
"View the entire operation from the air, and then control your parachute to choose your landing spot. On the ground, gather your senses and assess the terrain. A wide variety of authentic, customizable weapons are at your disposal, each with distinct characteristics. Choose your path in this free roaming FPS environment," explains EA, going on to promise "photo-realistic characters" and an intense cinematic, story-driven experience.
"Medal of Honor Airborne is a step in a new direction for the franchise. While integrating our state-of-the-art, next-gen technology into every aspect of the game, we are introducing innovations that will redefine the series and impact the genre as a whole," said Patrick Gilmore, VP and Executive Producer at EALA. "By fully controlling the airdrop from your very first step through landing, Medal of Honor Airborne adds a new dimension of player choice by letting you decide where every mission begins and how it plays out."