While Call of Duty players are used to the leveling grind and cycle of hitting the max rank, and then hitting the reset button to prestige, that won’t be the case for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s battle royale mode, Blackout.
In a massive Q&A with Game Informer, Game Design Director David “Vahn” Vonderhaar shared the Black Ops 4 Blackout max rank level, and how the mode’s leveling system is “very different” from multiplayer.
According to the video, which you can watch or listen to here (around the 27:00 mark), the Black Ops 4 Blackout max rank is set at 80, and Treyarch has no plans as of yet to let players prestige. Additionally, Vahn explains that leveling up in Blackout is different compared to standard multiplayer, as earning XP — and the progression system in Blackout as a whole — is dependent on getting kills, ranking high in matches compared to a multitude of ways of earning XP in standard multiplayer — even just for playing the mode. However, Vonderhaar shares that even though there’s no way to prestige, there is a “grandaddy of prizes” for hitting level 80.
There you have it. 80 is the Black Ops 4 Blackout max rank, and sadly, we can’t prestige — at least for now. Of course, given how easy it is to roll out game updates, don’t be surprised if this max rank is increased at some point, or if Treyarch rolls out a prestige-like system for the mode.
In other Black Ops 4 news, Treyarch has promised that the studio will roll out a lot of free content for the game’s three modes post-launch. Speaking of which, the Sony’s timed exclusivity deal with Activision has changed, with the PS4 now only getting seven days early access to any content rolled out for Black Ops 4, compared to 30 days which was the norm in past Call of Duty titles.