Electronic Arts and Danger Close made a big deal over having actual U.S. Navy SEALs serve as consultants on Medal of Honor: Warfighter, but that involvement has ended up landing that group in hot water with their bosses. Seven members of SEAL Team Six have been formally reprimanded with a letter that eliminates their chances for promotion and two months of docked pay, CBS reports. Another four now-former SEAL Team Six members are also under investigation.
The targeted SEALs spent two days in spring and summer 2012 giving the dev team firsthand insight, a consultation that allegedly included the sharing of classified information. CBS also points out that although these soldiers "violated the unwritten code that SEALs are silent warriors who shun the spotlight," movies such as Act of Valor (which stars active duty SEALs) or Kathryn Bigelow's upcoming Zero Dark Thirty -- also the inspiration for an upcoming Warfighter map pack -- seem to suggest otherwise.
This is an unfortuate twist. The game may be flawed in a lot of ways (see our Medal of Honor: Warfighter review), but the story that drives it is very much tuned into the challenges that real-life soldiers face at home. You can't fault the reasoning behind reprimands being handed down for sharing military secrets, but it's too bad that the effort to present an accurate picture of a SEAL's life has led to facing yet another challenge at home for this group.