Perhaps one of the best things about video gaming is that there is a multitude of genres in which a gamer can immerse themselves. Gaming isn't limited to conformation, which in turn can produce unique properties. One of the most popular genres is the first-person shooter, where the player controls their character from a first-person perspective and uses a variety of weapons to take down their opponents. While the #FPS genre has been around for decades, the rise of competitive play and esports has resulted in dramatic changes to the genre since the time of its inception. Here are a few things you need to know about the future of FPS games.
1. Competitive Play Is Becoming A Requirement
Being a professional gamer is everyone's dream job. The #esports industry has seen an explosive growth in the past five years, mainly to the credit of Riot Games' League of Legends and Valve Corporation's Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. While both games are different from each other, there's no denying that their competitive scene has grown because many people who play video games are competitive by nature. In fact, Overwatch and #CounterStrikeGlobalOffensive, the two biggest FPS games in the world, feature competitive game modes. As such, ranked and competitive modes have become an archetype for FPS games.
2. Cosmetic Gear Is Becoming More Prominent
Whether it's #Overwatch's loot boxes or CS:GO's cases, the implementation of in-game cosmetic items has become a common feature in FPS games. While cosmetic items don't provide players with any in-game advantages, they allow players to customize their characters and showcase their dedication to the game. However, within the realm of CS:GO, cosmetic items are more than just for show — they can be sold for great profit. According to csgostash.com, the most expensive skin is the Souvenir Factory New AWP Dragon Lore, which is worth 8889 keys — or roughly $22,222. With hundreds of different skins, CS:GO has created a decent market for cosmetic items.
3. Players Prefer Variety
Before Overwatch was released, CS:GO was the king of the FPS, dominating other games within the genre in both casual and competitive play. However, with the release of Overwatch, CS:GO is slowly making its way to the back-burner, and as of January 2017, 25 million people are playing Overwatch. While CS:GO boasts roughly 700,000 players a day, the game itself has remained largely unchanged.
In CS:GO's competitive game mode, each player is given equal access to the same armory of weapons. Overwatch's hero armory features four different roles for a player to choose from, each featuring heroes with a multitude of various weapons and abilities. It's fair to say that #CSGO is more focused on skill and mechanical gameplay, while Overwatch is centered on teamwork and communication.
Where Are First-Person Shooter Games Headed?
The FPS genre is reaching record-level gameplay due to the rise of esports and competitive gameplay. Future FPS games will most likely take a cue from the successes of #Valve and #Blizzard by implementing strong competitive game modes and cosmetic gear in their games. Whether players choose CS:GO or Overwatch as their mainstay, it's clear that the FPS genre has plenty of room to grow, and will hopefully continue to do so through esports.
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