After the fantastic video game revelations given at this year's E3 event in Los Angeles last month, it can be said with a relatively good degree of certainty that 2015 is looking to be a very big year for video games. More so, the conference had provided gamers and fans around the world with comfort and excitement in knowing that a number of really big first person shooter (FPS) titles are on the way later this year and into early 2016. With Bethesda Softworks having finally revealed their highly anticipated sequel within the DOOM series and Bungie having revealed the next big expansion for Destiny, gamers have a lot to look forward to in the coming months. However, a game that has seemingly shown the most promise at this year's E3 is Treyarch Studios' next title in the Call of Duty Series, entitled Call of Duty: Black Ops 3.
Practically every fan of FPS games has become familiar with the Call of Duty series, as it has remained among the most popular, if not the most popular, within the genre since the initial Call of Duty title had been released over a decade ago. Since that first release in 2003, many of the Call of Duty sequels to follow have gathered a fair amount of criticism, for everything from being "repetitive" to allegedly ignoring feature requests from the community. The last two Call of Duty titles have been particularly singled out with such complaints from fans and players worldwide, and yet series' developers have done very little to address the concerns of critics and the Call of Duty player base.
Treyarch Studios has demonstrated an intention to change that with its upcoming Call of Duty title, primarily by offering numerous changes and additions to its multiplayer and "Zombies" game modes and by releasing the first Call of Duty beta to be released since the pre-release period of its first "Black Ops" title back in 2010. Taking into account issues with player movement, "scorestreaks" and other aspects of previous Call of Duty titles that have drawn the majority of criticism from fans, Treyarch Studios has revealed through its E3 gameplay demo that it focused greatly on fixing these issues for the release of Black Ops 3. Whether or not these changes will be enough to draw praise from the critics is still yet to be seen, as the release of the game is still months away and the release of the beta is expected for next month.
The mere fact that Treyarch Studios has once again gone back to welcoming and utilizing feedback from a beta release is certainly a big step forward for the Call of Duty franchise and the FPS genre as a whole. The move demonstrates promise for the future of the most popular FPS game series on the market, and hopefully for the genre itself should other developers and publishers follow in Treyarch's footsteps going forward. Although Bethesda Softworks' upcoming DOOM has a beta planned for the near future as well, the final version of the game is not expected for release until Spring of 2016, therefore leaving Treyarch Studios' Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 looking to be the most promising first person shooter to release this year.