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

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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?

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