EA partners with GovX for exclusive version of shooter to be sold only to military; publisher establishes Project Honor soldier awareness program.
A new version of Electronic Arts' upcoming modern day first-person shooter Medal of Honor Warfighter will be available only to active, reserve, and former U.S. military. The publisher has announced the Medal of Honor Warfighter Military Edition for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.
The new iteration of the game comes as part of a partnership with GovX, an online shopping destination for active duty, reserve, and retired members of the US Armed Forces and related government agencies. The Medal of Honor Warfighter Military Edition includes the game's limited edition as well as exclusive in-game unlocks.
EA also announced Project Honor, a new program focused on "raising awareness and generating charitable contributions for fallen warriors from the Special Operations Community in honor of the sacrifices they and their families have made for their country." As part of this program, real-world weapon and gear manufacturers like Kaenon, London Bridge Trading, Magpul, SureFire, Mechanix Wear, and others will have their products featured in Medal of Honor Warfighter to "help deliver the most authentic videogame warfare experience."
Additionally, these partners will sell Medal of Honor-themed merchandise in their respective stores and donate 100 percent of proceeds to the Navy SEAL Foundation, the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, and other charities. London Bridge Trading, for example, is currently offering a series of Medal of Honor patches through its online store.
EA's Project Honor follows Activision's Call of Duty Endowment (C.O.D.E) in assisting war veterans and their families. C.O.D.E. was established in 2009 by Activision CEO Bobby Kotick as a means to help veterans find careers after the completion of their military service. All proceeds from 2011's Call of Duty: XP event--which sold out of every $150 ticket--went to this organization.
Medal of Honor Warfighter is due out for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on October 23 in North America and October 26 in Europe. The game follows a group of US Tier 1 operators as they take the fight to terrorists around the world in locations like the Philippines and Somalia.
Gamers who preorder the title will receive the Medal of Honor Warfighter Limited Edition, which grants users the US Navy SEAL Tier 1 Sniper on day one. This unlock would otherwise require about 40 hours of gameplay to acquire. For more on Medal of Honor Warfighter, check out GameSpot's latest preview.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story indicated the Medal of Honor Warfighter Military Edition would be available to military, law enforcement, and government personnel. The game will actually be available only to active, reserve, and former U.S. military. GameSpot regrets the error.