UPDATE: Mediocre Reviews Of Medal Of Honor Cause EA Stock To Fall

by Dan Ryckert on Oct 13, 2010 at 06:40 AM

UPDATE: Looks like EA is already on damage control with this one. In a statement, they reminded everyone that "critics' scores are highly subjective." Along with that bombshell announcement, they reiterated that Medal of Honor received the most pre-orders out of any game in the series. Continuing, the company said "This is an essentially big achievement considering Medal of Honor has been dormant for several years. This is the first year in rebooting the franchise. Medal of Honor is part of a larger EA strategy to take share in the shooter category. This is a marathon not a sprint -– today’s Medal of Honor launch represents a step forward in that race."

ORIGINAL STORY: Electronic Arts really wanted Medal of Honor to be the next Call of Duty. It had been heavily hyped, and the company even said it would get "dangerously close" to outdoing Activision's juggernaut. Unfortunately for them, it turns out that the game isn't very good. The gaming media aren't the only ones taking note, as EA's stock dropped 6% today.

According to Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter, "Shares [are] down because apparently some investors are disappointed by these early reviews." Tough news for the publisher, as they clearly expected the MOH reboot to be a big part of their holiday lineup.

Source: Reuters