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07 Feb, 2008

Medal of Honor Heroes 2 Wi-Fi support removed from Australian version

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Medal of Honor Heroes 2 finally sees an official PAL release today for Wii, but even after a few months delay it seems Australians have received an inferior version of the game.

While both the NTSC and UK PAL versions of Medal of Honor Heroes 2 feature online play, it seems the Australian version of the game does not feature online functionality of any sort. According to reports from our readers, the front of the game's box does not display the Wi-Fi logo, with the back of the box neglecting to mention online support at all. We've also heard that the multiplayer option has been removed completely from the actual game.

This is a big blow for a game such as Medal of Honor Heroes 2, which is one of the only online compatible Wii shooters. We've contacted Electronic Arts on the issue, but as of this writing, they have yet to explain the omissions from the game.

Related Medal of Honor Heroes 2 Content

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30 Comments
6 years ago


Wha' Happen?

I saw that too yesterday but thought I must have been confused about the game I was looking at!

I wonder if a EU import would work??

My opinion of EA remains on the bottom rung... But having finished Metroid last night has left a FPS shaped hole... Would buying this just encourage bad behaviour?
6 years ago
It just seems like Australia (and I'll lob our Kiwi cousins in with this as well) is truly the worst place for games and gaming..

We get EVERY console last. We get EVERY game last..

Now with the news of this and the XBOX originals not coming out, you gotta wonder how much more we can take..

I was SO looking forward to playing this game online, FINALLY a decent FPS online for Wii.. and we miss out..

Export my friend.. it looks like we'll meet again..
6 years ago
Once again the PAL AU gamers have been given an inferior copy of a game. It seems like no one cares or makes an effort for Australian releases. I was looking forward to this game and was probably going to buy it later down the track but now there is no chance as the 32 player online was it’s selling point for me.
6 years ago
expect this to happen to all future 3rd party wii games
6 years ago
I would expect this sort of thing from a Nintendo game but i didn't see EA hacking up one of their big franchises!
its a dark day for Aus Wii owners
6 years ago
On the official nintendo site in the competition section it says that it supports 32 online multiplayer, and the picture of the box-art does not show 'wifi support', so maybe there is hope icon_smile.gif. The competition was only added 2 days ago as well.

http://www.nintendo.com.au/nintendo/connect/members.php
6 years ago
Can someone confirm this? It'd be more work for them to remove the option than to leave it in, you'd think, so I don't see why that would happen.

I don't see any reason to get all riled up until this is 100% confirmed or denied.
6 years ago
One plausible explanation:

32 player online would be a nightmare if it was done peer-to-peer. it would be virtually unplayable. The only way it could be done is if dedicated servers were set up to facilitate online play. Suffice to say, it seems neither EA nor Nintendo can be stuffed setting up dedicated servers in Australia.

Just my 2c.
6 years ago
coco_bagel wrote
I would expect this sort of thing from a Nintendo game but i didn't see EA hacking up one of their big franchises!
its a dark day for Aus Wii owners
Something this bad wouldn't happen with Nintendo themselves. We'd get massive delays but the product would still have it's massive selling point attached.

My guess is EA couldn't be bothered about putting up the servers for AU, didn't bother to tell anyone in the hopes to still make sales from it. It seems that Nintendo AU are confused about the product not having online play, and there are reports of this game having massive amounts of returns already from people that bought it expecting to go online straight away.
6 years ago
They probably would have left all the online code in, just removed the option in the menu which wouldn't of been much work at all.

The server thing sounds pretty plausible to me.
6 years ago
Has anyone actually played the Australian version yet before making this assumption?

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6 years ago
Alkaline wrote
Has anyone actually played the Australian version yet before making this assumption?

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judging by comments from people who have brought it (from stores who have broken the release date) there is no online

http://aussie-nintendo.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=17092&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=435&sid=8adf6d227861f837367e64d070555a94
6 years ago
I bought a copy from JB this morning and I can confirm there is no multiplayer. I brought it back and got a full refund. Anyone having problems doing this should just print off the ad for the game from JB's website which states the game has online multiplayer and you should be alright!
6 years ago
yea its confirmed; gamefaqs has people asking "wheres the multiplayer?" and stuff ; EA stuffs up again
6 years ago
Seeing as the game hasnt been released in the UK yet, Im thinking this no online is a total screw over job for all PAL versions of the game. Nice work EA!....ugh
6 years ago
No, it's Australia only, the UK version of the game definitely has online play.
6 years ago
Luke wrote
No, it's Australia only, the UK version of the game definitely has online play.
Are you sure Luke? You know for a fact that it does even though it hasnt been released yet?
6 years ago
WiiFuelee wrote
Luke wrote
No, it's Australia only, the UK version of the game definitely has online play.
Are you sure Luke? You know for a fact that it does even though it hasnt been released yet?
plenty of places have broken the street release date; people in the UK and Australia already own this game and have confirmed that the UK has it, while Australia does not
6 years ago
I am 100% sure the game has online play in Europe.

Eurogamer's review confirms it too;
http://www.eurogamer.net/article.php?article_id=92162
6 years ago
Luke wrote
I am 100% sure the game has online play in Europe.

Eurogamer's review confirms it too;
http://www.eurogamer.net/article.php?article_id=92162
Cool, thanks for letting me know. I always thought the UK and Aussie got the same discs. Its really bizarre we get the game without online.
6 years ago
Luke wrote
We've contacted Electronic Arts on the issue, but as of this writing, they weren't able to confirm anything to us.
I would have thought that EA's own PR would know about the removal of features from their own game, but alas not.

Thanks anyway Luke.
6 years ago
I really don't think anyone should import this game from the UK. EA have shown the most utter contempt for Australian gamers when they released this game without online play and just hoped they'd get a few sales before anyone noticed. I for one will not be importing this game nor will I ever buy another EA game again.
6 years ago
Spik3balloon wrote
Luke wrote
We've contacted Electronic Arts on the issue, but as of this writing, they weren't able to confirm anything to us.
I would have thought that EA's own PR would know about the removal of features from their own game, but alas not.

Thanks anyway Luke.
actually what it could be is EA is talking to their lawyers, since they advertised this game with 32 player online; it counts as false advertising
due to the fact they mentioned no where this was taken out
6 years ago
Well, I wouldn't be surprised if they were like "You won't let us do Online Advertising in Multiplayer games due to that nifty Spyware act so you can pretty much go eff yourselves, ok?"
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Australian Release Date:
  7/02/2008 (Confirmed)
Standard Retail Price:
  $99.95 AU
Publisher:
  Electronic Arts
Genre:
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Year Made:
  2007

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