This year will bring us four new shooters: A new Call Of Duty, Evolve, Destiny, a new Borderlands title. And let’s not forget DLC packs to support titles already on the market for Titanfall, Call Of Duty: Ghosts and Battlefield 4. So this begs the lingering question: are there too many shooters on the market?
People theorize that the rise of broadband connections in households have helped usher in this new era of shooters, serving as a catalyst for people’s lust to be the best and decimating the competition. While that may be true, this might ultimately be hurting the market space.
There is no doubt that Call Of Duty is the undisputed king of the FPS market. On the weekends the peak amount of players could be anywhere from 50,000 to 300,000 on Xbox 360. However, stiff competition from rival publishers and developers could mean those numbers could start dwindling soon. Battlefield 4, Call Of Duty’s closest competition has been revered for its gameplay when it isn’t facing a litany of connection issues. But both of these titles both feature the standard run-and-gun gameplay which leaves the FPS genre yearning for innovation.
So enter more unique titles such Evolve, Destiny, Titanfall and Borderlands. Titanfall brings us stellar gameplay that feels like Call Of Duty but switches the formula up by letting you play as mechs as well as the standard foot soldier. Borderlands, Destiny and Evolve wish to push the envelope further offering a heavy design emphasis on cooperative play and light RPG elements, creating a truly unique experience to be shared with a smaller number of pals all experiencing the same campaign and sharing a common goal.
With that being said, these are still shooters that focus on multiplayer, run-and-gun gameplay. Does this leave room for other games in other genres to thrive? Other than Assassin’s Creed (another annual title, like Call Of Duty) how many major third person adventure titles or platformers have we seen in the last five years? Or heavily funded RPGs, whether Japanese or western developed?
This truly could be a time for shooters. However, gamers are getting bored and want something new.