Gaming is making a strong comeback, a sentiment that has spread across the gaming internet sphere, largely due to the recent unveiling of Call of Duty: Black Ops 6. Scheduled for release on October 25, this installment in the renowned franchise has sparked significant interest. Known colloquially as COD, the series annually releases tactical-shooter games that include both narrative-driven campaigns and multiplayer PvP (player versus player) modes. The past few years have seen the franchise struggle, with many fans expressing dissatisfaction with the repetitive nature of the games and the underwhelming campaign of the 2023 release, Modern Warfare III. The multiplayer also failed to impress, leading to a quicker decline in player interest. However, the teaser for Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 last month has rejuvenated excitement within the gaming community, though some remain cautiously optimistic. As of now, the indications are promising, especially after the detailed announcements on June 9, which suggest that Black Ops 6 might be a hit among gamers. We consulted with prominent UAE and Saudi-based video gamers, some of whom are well-known COD streamers, to gather their opinions on the new features of Black Ops 6. 'I believe it will be one of the best Call of Duty games,' says Emirati gamer Saeed from Dubai. 'The developers have invested significant effort in enhancing game design, mechanics, and have even introduced an Arab war setting, which adds a new dimension. I'm eagerly anticipating its release.' The main tagline for Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 on its website is 'Forced to go rogue. Hunted from within,' suggesting a storyline involving a mole within the government. The game, developed by Treyarch and Raven Software, is set in the early 1990s, a time of significant political change, and promises a complex narrative. The campaign will immerse players in this era, with a plot that involves a secretive conspiracy within the U.S. government, forcing players to operate outside the usual parameters. This aspect has particularly intrigued gamers in the region, who are excited about the Gulf War setting and the return of beloved character Frank Woods. 'It's nostalgic to see the return of old characters,' comments Dubai-based gaming content creator Bibi Zumot. 'I'm thrilled about the significant improvements in the COD franchise and can't wait for the October release.' UAE-based creator Basharkk, with over 1.8 million YouTube subscribers, live-streamed the trailer and feature announcements. 'Black Ops is my favorite series due to its compelling, dark storytelling,' he noted. 'This year's story is particularly resonant as it's set during the Gulf War and involves a shadowy organization manipulating the U.S. government.' Saudi-based gaming content creator Sondos, a long-time COD streamer, is also enthusiastic about the new release, especially the inclusion of the Gulf War in the storyline. 'I watched the trailer with my audience, and we were all impressed,' she said. 'I'm following all the updates and rumors, hoping for more exciting news before the game's release.' An event called Call of Duty Next is scheduled for August 28, promising more gameplay details and coverage. Beyond the campaign, the multiplayer mode and new features, particularly the omni-movement system, have generated substantial interest among players. 'The new omni-move system allows 360-degree movement in any direction,' Basharkk explained. He also highlighted the 16 maps and 58 weapons available at launch, along with the return of the classic prestige system. However, his main excitement is reserved for the return of the round-based zombies mode, which includes two new maps, one set on an island in the middle of the sea. UAE-based gamer Rim El Jurdi, known as Ladylillith, is also looking forward to the new movement features, upgraded maps, and enhanced graphics in Black Ops 6. 'I'm excited about the new movement features and the improved realism in the graphics,' she said. 'And, of course, the zombie mode, which is a staple of the Black Ops series. I hope the game lives up to the hype.' Sultan Khalifa Mohammed, the Emirati sim-racing champion and COD enthusiast, is particularly keen on the new omnimovement system and the addition of 16 new maps with enhanced graphics. 'I'm excited about the new movement system and the improved graphics, which promise a sharper gaming experience,' he said. 'I hope the game meets expectations and doesn't disappoint after its release.' Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 is slated for release on October 25 for PS5, Xbox, and PC.