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Medal of Honor Warfighter Gets New Zero Dark Thirty Maps Tuesday

Marc Janas's Avatar + Posted by Marc Janas on Dec 17, 2012 // Level Designer, Danger Close Studios

Zero Dark Thirty is a Sony film that chronicles one of the greatest and most secretive manhunts in history: the hunt for Osama Bin Laden. In our partnership with Zero Dark Thirty and Sony we’re bringing you two Medal of Honor Warfighter multiplayer maps based on the areas in Pakistan where Bin Laden was hunted.

You’ve probably already heard about Chitral and Darra in the Single Player missions as you were looking for the Cleric in Chitral and chasing targets through the back alleys of Darra. Now we’re opening up these areas and providing more opportunity to explore them in a multiplayer setting. When deciding on these locales we really wanted to find areas that were both visually interesting, and fit within the fiction of the Medal of Honor Warfighter Universe.

The Darra Gun Market map contains a scenic river crossing with high intensity combat over the ravine, the gunsmith pit which is right along the docks, and the abandoned estate that provides an overwatch for the entire middle section of the map. Players of each class will find areas that support their play style — there are great sniper positions, as well as several sneaky routes located around each of the objectives.

Medal of Honor Warfighter: Zero Dark Thirty Map PackMedal of Honor Warfighter: Zero Dark Thirty Map Pack

Chitral Compound is based loosely on the area you scoured for the Cleric in single player. It features a small town center checkpoint with roof to roof combat, a large dried up river valley which provides many great sniping opportunities, and the strongly fortified compound which contains several locations perfect for bipod play in Homerun Mode.

When creating these levels, the first thing we did was look for reference images for the locations. This helped us decide on compelling objectives for the Combat Mission game mode, which is very story driven. Once we tackled that, the next step was sitting down with the artists and flushing out our vision for the actual play space by creating a broad layout for them to base the terrain on.

When you play these maps, you’ll see that our artists did an amazing job of capturing the detail of this region. As a designer it feels great to be able to create something that captures the mood of an area and transport the player to a different region of the world he’d never get to experience otherwise.

Medal of Honor Warfighter: Zero Dark Thirty Map Pack

From there, we lay out each of the additional game modes, specifically Homerun Mode, which has to conform to specific standards we set at the beginning of the project to achieve the right gameplay. For all of the game modes it’s important that the time before hitting combat isn’t too quick, and when the player is in combat, it’s presented in a way that’s easy to read and understand (meaning enemies are in areas you’d expect them to be.) These are all responsibilities of the level designer.

After all of the game modes and basic level blocking have been put in place, each level underwent a series of iterations with extended play testing to nail down the right look and feel for the combat spaces. Even with the earliest of playtests it was easy to see if the levels were hitting on the ideas we set out for them in the initial design.

Our two main goals in making these maps were to create environments that would let us push for longer range combat, and more verticality than some of our shipped maps. We listened to what a lot of the fans were saying, and we’ve delivered a wider range of gameplay opportunities for long-range classes. In both of these maps you’ll find many areas specifically designed for snipers to cover their teammates going in to plant a bomb, as well as multi-tiered buildings for players who like to access high ground while on defense.

We hope you’re as excited as we are to play these maps when they go live! The map pack is free for Medal of Honor Warfighter Limited Edition holders, and $9.99 otherwise.

We’re hosting an official Game with Developers event this week! Find more info on our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/medalofhonor

I’ll be available this week on our Facebook page to answer any questions! Learn more here.

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24 Comments

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+ QuantumMercury on December 14th, 2012 at 12:28 pm said:

Will there be any new trophies with this DLC?


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+ punkmusic2009 on December 14th, 2012 at 12:43 pm said:

oh oh bin laden not cool I can see a law suit on sony coming soon anyways I just renew my plus yah plus Im now a ad for facebook plus 49.99 no tax facebook ad 10.00 windows 8 pro 69.99+tax 89.99 saphere on game 19.99 my price 10.00 other games gems 19.99 my price 10.00 2.95 pop my price 99 cents im getting good deals all over I might get the acssry deal for the sony next oh and music unlimted 12.00 1 yr list gose on


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+ tutakamen on December 14th, 2012 at 1:41 pm said:

Those who download the game from PSN will have access to map pack?


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+ archism74 on December 17th, 2012 at 12:19 pm said:

I downloaded the day 1 digital copy of MOHWF, was this a Limited edition or do i have to pay the extra 9.99.


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+ Ryumoau on December 17th, 2012 at 12:22 pm said:

I’m hearing great things about the new kathryn bigelow movie. I loved Hurt Locker.

its a shame levels based on her new movie are being wasted on this mediocre game. Why couldn’t Sony lend these maps to Black Ops 2 instead? :(


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+ RGS396 on December 17th, 2012 at 12:42 pm said:

Looking forward to downloading the new maps.

Along with the DLC, I REALLY hope Danger Close fixes all the issues that need fixing!!


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+ RydogV on December 17th, 2012 at 1:40 pm said:

Looking forward to the DLC and the patch that will hopefully fix the few issues I have with this game. I know most have been bashing it based on mediocre reviews but the while the single-player campaign is just okay (what linear FPS campaign isn’t “just okay”), the multiplayer is pretty solid. Sure there are a few bugs/glitches but what online content doesn’t release with those these days?

Most places I see this game is marked down to around $40. If you are looking for a decent MP experience then I recommend the investment. Just be warned, EA has pretty much given up on the title once the Zero Dark Thirty hype has cools off because, well, that’s what EA does :(


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+ goodguy_reuben on December 17th, 2012 at 2:41 pm said:

I heard 0 Dark 30 is an amazing film.Can’t wait to see it.


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+ GhostMachine1 on December 17th, 2012 at 2:48 pm said:

That game trailer looked pretty awesome.


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+ shxheer on December 17th, 2012 at 6:23 pm said:

Wow a crap game and a movie based on lie solely based on the purpose of brainwashing


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+ shxheer on December 17th, 2012 at 6:23 pm said:

Lies*


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+ enricky559 on December 17th, 2012 at 8:17 pm said:

Hopefully the patch makes the DLC playable. 🎮


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+ nolson on December 17th, 2012 at 8:21 pm said:

@shxheer

Get a clue dude. You’re the one being brainwashed by the conspiracy theories. Get off the blog and go watch loose change or whatever it is you do.


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+ GMFCO311 on December 18th, 2012 at 5:19 am said:

Sweet! Loved both MOH games! Can’t wait for these Map Packs! :)


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+ Major_Hoare on December 18th, 2012 at 6:41 am said:

So does this map pack feature a recreation of storming Bin Ladin’s compound or not? If yes, I’m interested. If not, then I’m not buying MoH this year.


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+ Edzo04ps on December 18th, 2012 at 7:04 am said:

do people even play this?


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+ DonkeyKongKilla on December 18th, 2012 at 9:25 am said:

@ Ryumoau LOL just LOL that was funny

and i thought it was going to be actually missions at first but its still kind of cool for map packs, and for the nay sayers of this game, the gameplay in it is 100% more realistic than any call of duty any day! I was not a big fan of MoH but this one I tried in a trial and loved it, the only thing that makes it less than perfect are the Voice chat problems which can be fixed by switching something, and the visual for all of the guns and soldiers and not having full customization of each class, but its way more better graphically and gameplay wise.


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+ DonkeyKongKilla on December 18th, 2012 at 9:28 am said:

@shxheer – your comment, made me laugh. HARD


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+ DonkeyKongKilla on December 18th, 2012 at 9:31 am said:

@punkmusic2009 – what the hell are you even talking about? a lawsuit? yeah they’re gonna get sued by a dead person. not cool bc its bin laden? really?.. mkay… all it is, is map packs based on where they found him and murdered him point blank. all of the maps are based on some place in the world you cant sue for that.


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+ DonkeyKongKilla on December 18th, 2012 at 9:34 am said:

@ tutakamen – yeah i think its just those who bought the limited edition and the other higher version i forgot what it was called, but they get it for free i think and everyone else has to buy it, I’m not sure but it’d be dumb if they didn’t allow for everyone to get it


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+ DonkeyKongKilla on December 18th, 2012 at 9:36 am said:

@tutakamen – yeah it says it at the end of the post – “We hope you’re as excited as we are to play these maps when they go live! The map pack is free for Medal of Honor Warfighter Limited Edition holders, and $9.99 otherwise.”


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+ Welcome2HellWeek on December 18th, 2012 at 1:53 pm said:

I can’t download the map pack in Play Station store :( Its not even showing up in add ons


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+ ANIMALHOUSE55555 on December 18th, 2012 at 2:54 pm said:

Where is the map pack at! I couldn’t find it & this post says it will be available on Tuesday which is today come one PlayStation I thought today was when i got a free map pack for an awesome game!


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+ roccolou on December 18th, 2012 at 5:37 pm said:

I also purchased warfighter from PSN and don’t like the fact that the add on will cost money. There is no incentive for me to purchase another day 1 digital game off PSN. So if you were wondering, I’ll keep my $9.99 and I’m done with these cash grab games.


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