Aug. 23, 2012 | 5:12 p.m.
There’s a reason why shooting games are becoming so realistic.
The Tier One U.S. Navy soldier who participated in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden last year and identified by name Thursday by Fox News is a consultant for an upcoming game published by Electronic Arts titled “Medal of Honor: Warfighter,” according to a person close to the matter. The person declined to be identified because of a confidentiality agreement.
The soldier, Matt Bissonnette, retired from the Navy last summer, after which he wrote a book under the pseudonym Mark Owen describing the raid that led to Bin Laden’s death. The book, “No Easy Day,” is set to be released Sept. 11 by its publisher, Penguin Group.
Bissonnette’s name had been a closely guarded secret, both for national security reasons as well as his own personal safety.
Besides writing “No Easy Day,” Bissonnette did what many retired military personnel do — founded a consulting firm. His firm, Silent R, has been working with the Los Angeles developers of “Warfighter,” a shooting game that takes place in Afghanistan and elsewhere. The development team, headed by Greg Goodrich, placed a premium on authenticity. As a result, the team consulted with several special forces soldiers to make sure the settings, weapons and other aspects of the fighting within the game was realistic. One of those consultants was Bissonnette.
Jeff Brown, a spokesman for Electronic Arts, the Redwood City game publisher behind the “Medal of Honor” franchise, said, “We cannot comment on the identity of consultants who worked with us on ‘Medal of Honor: Warfighter.’”
The series was created in 1999 by Steven Spielberg as a game version of his World War II movie “Saving Private Ryan,” but has been brought into the modern era to appeal to a younger, more demanding generation of hard-core gamers who insist on accuracy and a high level of detail. The game is slated for release on Oct. 23.
– Alex Pham
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