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Prestige Mode No Longer A Reset Button in Black Ops 2

One of the things that’s never appealed to me in the Call of Duty franchise, is the prestige system. I work so damn hard to get to max level, to unlock everything, only to what? Hit the reset button?

No thanks. When I’ve asked others why they do it, they stare at me with a blank face and respond, “I don’t know.” or some variant there of. That ends today.

David Vonderhaar, design director for Black Ops 2, announced at Eurogamer Expo today that you’ll no longer lose your experience with weapons when you prestige.

This is a very simple example of how we are damned if we do and damned if we do not. Looking back at these mechanics, play 55 levels, hit a button, get a new rank icon, start over.

I’ve been thinking about it non-stop, about how to get people to prestige. We kept going about it the wrong way. We kept saying, here are some more rewards if you do it. Here is this extra stuff if you decide to hit the prestige button.

Then I looked at a graph of the people who play and what happens to them when they hit level 55 or whatever the max level is, and how they drop off, and how few people actually go to max prestige. I know they could go to max prestige because their time play suggests they could have. I have this data. I know this for a fact.

They just stopped levelling. Maybe it’s because we keep taking away everything. Maybe. Maybe that’s the reason.

In Black Ops 2 prestige is not a start over system,” he elaborated. “When you prestige in Black Ops I will not reset your weapon levelling. If you are level four on a gun you will still be level four when you cycle back around to that gun. Same with all your cosmetics, any camo you’ve unlocked or emblem, all the personalisation, all the fancy backgrounds you managed to achieve, all of that will still be there.

Could it be? Black Ops 2 might just bring some really great new changes to the Call of Duty franchise.

[Source: Eurogamer]