EA goes Airborne with Medal of Honor series

Confirmation from the publisher on heavily rumoured next instalment in the WWII FPS franchise hits the drop zone

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."