Zero Dark Thirty is the new movie depicting the hunt for and assassination of Osama bin Laden. The movie is directed by Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow and is generating quite a bit of Oscar buzz itself. While the movie has gotten almost universally good reviews, it’s about to get a tie-in to one of the worst-reviewed shooter video games of 2012.
Today, Danger Close Games announced that new downloadable content (DLC) for Medal of Honor Warfighter will feature multiplayer maps based on the areas in Pakistan where Osama Bin Laden was hunted. The map pack will have two new maps, “Chitral Compound” and “Darra Gun Market,” and will cost $10. Over on the PlayStation Blog, Danger Close Level Designer Marc Janas describes the creation of the maps:
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.
Medal of Honor Warfighter was panned widely for its name, generic gameplay, and a huge day-one patch that was required to fix major issues with the game. Not only that, but in a genre where military violence is heavily glorified, the game was criticized by reviewers for its macho tone. In light of this reception, the inclusion of maps based on the most widely publicized recent military operation both fits the game well and stands as a brazen dismissal of its critics.