Seven U.S. Navy SEALs Now Under Investigation for Involvement with Medal of Honor: Warfighter

Things aren’t looking too good for Medal of Honor: Warfighter.

We at MP1st have always felt that the Medal of Honor series has done an honorable job at portraying what it is that makes a soldier a soldier. In the latest installment, Medal of Honor: Warfighter, developers Danger Close even went as far as contracting several U.S. Navy SEAL members as consultants for a couple of days last summer in order to capture the level of authenticity the team was looking for. The result was a portrayal of realistic gear and tactics used by real Tier 1 operators, translated into the game world of Warfighter.

Apparently, however, this portrayal might have been a little too real, according to CBS News.

Seven members of SEAL Team Six (one of which was actually a part of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden), who were involved in the development of Medal of Honor: Warfighter are now under investigation for revealing classified material, material which has not been disclosed to the public or media as of yet. Not only this, but their involvement was also considered a violation of the unwritten code, “SEALs are silent warriors who shun the spotlight.”

Though all members are still on active duty, four have since transferred out of the unit but are still under investigation. All seven members have reportedly received letters of reprimand and had half their pay taken away for two months.

We reached out to EA to find out if this would have any impact on the game itself and were told:

There are no plans to recall Medal of Honor Warfighter from store shelves and we have no plans to alter the content contributed by combat veterans in the game. We have no further comments.

Additionally, Polygon was issues the following statement after reaching out to the U.S. Department of Defense:

A non-judicial punishment hearing was conducted yesterday, Nov. 7 and seven Naval Special Warfare (NSW) personnel faced administrative proceedings. An additional NSW investigation is ongoing to determine if more personnel may be involved.

They are being charged with violation of Article 92: Orders violation, misuse of command gear and violation of Article 92: Dereliction of duty, disclosure of classified material.

Two Senior Chief Special Operators and five Chief Special Operators received the punishment. They received a punitive letter of reprimand and forfeiture of ½ month’s pay for two months.

Thanks, James R!

In other news, Medal of Honor: Warfighter isn’t doing too hot on the official Xbox Live activity charts, according to Larry “Major Nelson” Hyrb’s blog. Currently, Warfighter sits in 19th place, just above Resident Evil 6.

Xbox 360 Top LIVE Titles (based on UU’s)

  1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  2. Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition
  3. Call of Duty: Black Ops
  4. EA Sports FIFA Soccer 13
  5. Assassin’s Creed III
  6. Halo: Reach
  7. Borderlands 2
  8. Modern Warfare 2
  9. Battlefield 3
  10. NBA 2K13
  11. Madden NFL 13
  12. Skyrim
  13. Gears of War 3
  14. GTA IV
  15. Happy Wars
  16. Forza Horizon
  17. FIFA 12
  18. Halo 3
  19. Medal of Honor Warfighter
  20. Resident Evil 6

We gave Medal of Honor: Warfighter a solid score in our multiplayer review, praising gameplay elements like the Fireteam mechanics and competitive game modes like Home Run. Are you still enjoying Warfighter?

  • PuddingAuxRais1ns

    This is what you get for not keeping your lips SEALed. Sorry but it had to be done.

    • sgt_mofo


      • Angelreborn96

        ¿Wha da helllll?

  • Delta8A

    this story stinks. and i’m still not buying this game, even if it gets pulled from the stores tomorrow.

  • masada157

    The only thing worse than being punished for working on a game is being punished for working on a bad game.

    • Watki

      I agree

    • Kyle Jackson

      I came here to say that, lo

    • A co worker said that the single player on this was good. Is that true?

    • I don’t think it’s a bad game, it’s just a game that needs major tweaking. I think they really do have a winner on their hands here.

  • RoadTripToJalalabad

    The DoD statement seems like BS and just an EA marketing ploy. Given that the game is already public and can’t practically be recalled, if there truly was a “disclosure of classified material” in the game then any real security concern from the US govt would have been kept private since announcing that classified material exists in the game just brings more attention to the classified material to potential bad guys.

    Good racket EA! You’re pulling out all the stops to sell this one!

    • I’m kind of with you on this. It’s a little over the top though to think the DoD would help sell the game. If the story holds up as true, they are definitely trying to help sales. Of course our government definitely needs to find”new” sources of income, so maybe they’re selling secrets and press releases to game companies for cash.

      • RoadTripToJalalabad

        If any of it is real, the next headline should read: EA puts US security at risk to make a buck and has no plans to alter game containing classified content. Should make for a huge seller until a real blackhawk descends on Redwood Shores.

        • Jason

          Haha no I saw this on the news before here, so i think it’s real! lol it does sound like an EA marketing strategy though!

          • RoadTripToJalalabad

            No question the news is real. I’m saying the DoD statement is fake or the game content isn’t really seen as classified. And whoever tipped off CBS was probably dressed like Hard Hat Mack.

            • Couldn’t agree more. I would assume it’s a combination of not secret and a misrepresentation of the “facts”.

    • 11/13/12 BO2 will be number 1

  • Nemesis_96

    In other news… Woo Black Ops still holding third place on the XBL charts!! ^.^

  • gtabird

    A November 7th hearing? Come on now EA. We ALL know that our goverments and courts do not work nearly that quick. Not even the JAG.

  • Nathan Cox

    Warfighter is an awesome game. The fireteam mechanic is excellent and pending only fully functional voice chat. The gameplay is smooth and consistent, and just generally fun. I loved the single player campaign, and I’m still loving the multiplayer. I don’t understand where the hate is coming from.

    As an aside: Fuck you, U.S. Judiciary System. The involvement of a few members of the SEAL teams in making a video game that generally goes out of its way to praise everything they do and is probably the best recruiting mechanic ever is not a crime. Leave it alone.

  • Atlas7O2

    At least we know that the game’s realistic lol. Also, Warfighter at #19? Sad.

  • How the hell is MW2 still in the top 10 and ahead of BF3? That blows my mind.

    • Side note: Where is Halo 4? I know it’s early, but seems like every single person I know that has an Xbox 360 is playing it.

      • It baffles me as well how MW2 is still doing better than BF3. Probably a case of some kids parents not wanting to pay $60 for MW3 but are willing to pay $8 for MW2 combined with die hard fans going back to MW2 after not liking MW3.

        Also, if you go to Larry’s blog where that list came from, there’s a note that says that the list is from the week before Halo 4’s launch.

    • agreed BF3 should be the first not that f**kin CoD .. Xbox is supporting CoD anyway

      • cheeseburger eddy

        You mad?

  • Boomee

    I still love Medal of honor and I will continue to play and support the game

  • TdE_ScHooLBoY_

    So may haters. The multipayer is innovative and fun. each clas ability and class offensive point streak offers lots of variation, and most of the maps are well designed. Homerun is an awesome gamemode.
    Two problems:
    1. glitched VIOP, frustrating
    2. Spawn points could use a little tweak
    Other than those, what is there not to like?

    • ckpinkham

      I think the first Medal Of Honor for these consoles had much better multiplayer. Is the single player the way OXM depicted, and basically plays like COD but with Rainbow Six Vegas style door breaching and stuff?

  • Resident Evil 6 sits at “0.”

  • Guest25

    To many people in the comments section don’t know what they are talking about. These guys got off light…

    • ckpinkham

      Well, yes and no. They got off light if anything was actually classified, but I highly doubt anything really was. Basically everything in the game was also in Modern Warfare 3, the difference being that IW doesn’t claim their game is realistic. But if the stuff was actually classified, the game never would have seen the light if day. Everyone knew real Tier One operators were working on it at least 6 months before it came out. The DOD/CIA/NSA would’ve been well aware of this and protected out national security. So with that being said, the punishment is actually kind of harsh.

  • justin

    truthfully i like the game a lot, i think ppl tend to expect sooo much that its hard to actually please them, i like the story an that the majority of the missions are based on real world operations, graphics were good an the detail of the weapons an gear are pretty good. Also like the different ways to breach doors. So these SEALs got punished for helping a game then who got punished for helping make Zero Dark Thirty.