Robert Bowling, Creative Strategist at Infinity Ward, reveals information on how the prestige shop will work in Modern Warfare 3 and more.
Every time a player prestiges, they unlock a Prestige Token, which can be used to purchase one of the following features:
- Extra Custom Class
- Double XP – Lasts 2 hours of game time.
- Double Weapon XP – Presumably also lasts 2 hours.
- Regular Package – “Callsign Title and Emblem available to those with an extra token lying around.”
- Unlock Gear – Unlocks 1 item from Create-a-Class, lasts for 1 Prestige level.
- Hardened Package – Presumably, unlocked after several more Prestige levels.
- Veteran Package – Bowling hinted that there would be a package for max prestige.
- Reset All Stats – Not (just?) stats such as KDR. This will reset your entire career, taking you back to Prestige level 0.
One of the biggest revelations is that players will be rewarded a Prestige Token for Prestiges across the entire Call of Duty franchise, going all the way back to CoD 4. Robert Bowling also revealed that, for the first time, every Call of Duty game (from CoD 4 onward) will feature double XP (starting October 27th), letting even more players hit the top rank. On a side note, PC gamers be warned, you can not prestige in the PC version of CoD 4. Bowling clarified that “you get 1 prestige token per game (regardless of how many times you’ve prestiged), but will get 1 Token per prestige in.”
We recently reported on the number of ranks in each prestige, which is 80; however, the number of prestige levels is going to stay a secret until the “game ships” or is leaked prior to that (the latter is more likely). In response to a fan’s question on how many prestige levels MW3 will have, Robert kept his cards close to the chest and explained “Not saying. Thats one thing I’m keeping under wraps until the game ships.” Historically, since COD 4 when the prestige system was introduced to the series, Call of Duty games featured 10 levels of prestige except for last years Black Ops, which had 15. Interestingly, Black Ops featured only 50 ranks per prestige.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4 – 55
Call of Duty: World at War – 65
Modern Warfare 2 – 70
Black Ops – 50
Modern Warfare 3 – 80 levels
Thank you Chris for your help in this article, be sure to read the first part of Battlefield and Call of Duty: A Detailed Analysis of Each Franchise.