Oscar nominated Hollywood script writer John Milius, best known for his work on films such as Apocalypse Now and Conan the Barbarian, has been named as the talent behind the script for EA's next Medal of Honor game, European Assault.
Milius has been working with the EA Los Angeles studio on the new game, which is due to launch this summer and, as the name suggests, will return the Medal of Honor franchise to European shores, where players will undertake a number of classified missions for the Office of Strategic Services in occupied territory.
The scriptwriter, whose previous work includes movie classics such as the "Go ahead, make my day" line from Dirty Harry, and the USS Indianapolis scene in Jaws, has been tasked with writing a storyline which threads through many of the major battles of World War II - including stints in St Nazaire, North Africa, Stalingrad, and the Battle of the Bulge.
"Video games provide a great medium for storytellers like me, and the authentic WWII subject matter of the Medal of Honor franchise is a great premise for a storyteller," enthused Milius.
"As someone who has long been considered a creative cowboy, I really enjoyed collaborating with the dynamic creative talent of EALAâs development team on the intense action-filled story of Medal of Honor European Assault.," he continued. "It took me back to when I had first started in the entertainment industry, back to my days as a USC film student, and sharing ideas with visionary thinkers like Steven Spielberg and George Lucas."
MoH: European Assault is due out this summer on PS2, Xbox and GameCube, and it comes with much to prove; although last year's Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault on the PC was well-regarded, the last console outing for the franchise was the critically derided Medal of Honor: Rising Sun, and the franchise has suffered next to competing WW2 titles from other publishers, such as Activision's Call of Duty.