Black Ops 3 will feature a new specialist character system in multiplayer inspired by Destiny. Treyarch has added a new way for players to rank up and level up. The title features nine specialists, each with two abilities, for a total of 18 choices. You get to pick one specialist and one of the powers before every match…similar to how you create a class before matches.

Today, Treyarch has revealed four out of the nine specialist that will be in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3.

  • Ruin
    • Power Weapon: Gravity Spikes – takes out nearby enemies with a powerful shockwave
      Ability: Overdrive – gives players a burst of speed for a short period of time
  • Seraph
    • Power Weapon: Annihilator – high-caliber revolver that instantly kills any enemies in the bullet’s path
    • Ability: Combat Focus – temporarily adds a multiplier to score in order to help players rack up score streaks
  • Outrider
    • Power Weapon: Sparrow – compound bow featuring explosive bolts that stick in enemies
    • Ability: Vision Pulse – senses where nearby enemies are and highlights them for a short period of time
  • Reaper
    • Power Weapon: Scythe – transforms Reaper’s robotic arm into a powerful mini-gun
    • Ability: Psychosis–Infiltrate enemy DNI systems to simulate three instanced decoy Reapers.

Specialist abilities range from robot arm transforming into a gun all the way to ability to see through walls. Some are called “Seraph”‘s powerful handcannon, or the “Ruin”‘s fists-first smash attack – which take cues from Destiny’s super abilities.

Many Treyarch developers are Destiny fans, and they have been able to bring a feature from that and ground it into what Call of Duty is.

SOURCE: GameInformer

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  • Guywithbrains

    As I said in earlier news article, mastering these 9 specialists totally adds replay value.

    • Lawfulmaxhavoc

      It does undoubtedly, but the game must be fun over anything else

  • Mick

    This sounds so confusing to me.

    • Mick

      It sounds confusing to me because I haven’t played Destiny before. Should’ve mentioned that in my post above.

  • Bolbi Stroganovsky

    Doesn’t Vonderhaar have max levels on all three classes on Destiny? I remember seeing his tweets.

  • Max Martinez

    Great idea, I already know it’s gonna have a lot of fun factor!

  • codfeen

    people are already moaning about even thought they’ve seen nothing

    • DJ Khaled

      well we have seen through walls

      • codfeen

        yeah but i mean as in actual gameplay from black ops 3, people want to moan before they even know how it plays

  • Dave

    I am so confused.
    All i care about is if the game is fun aha :p

  • MegaMan3k

    “to ability to see through walls.”

    So there’s only one specialist and one ability, for all intents and purposes, you’re saying…

    • Lawfulmaxhavoc

      They’ll probably give that to a demolition(shotgun) like class in a perfect world

      • And i thought nothing can be more annoying than the MMS attachment

        • Lawfulmaxhavoc

          Did ghost stop that? Might have been cold blooded

        • LvlJosh

          whose to say the “see through walls” isn’t exactly like that attachment? No one has seen how it works yet.

    • CoDforever

      Well thats what everyone said about cloak in AW before it came out but no one uses that shit

  • LvlJosh

    what I would like to know is if this specialist system is replacing perks. It kind of sounds like it to me.

    • Aaron V

      They are abilities, plain and simple. Just like Destiny. You’ll mostly likely still have something similar to perks and abilities will either be like kill-streaks or just something on their own.

      • LvlJosh

        I can see that. Just like in Destiny you don’t always have your super, so these abilities will be like your specialist specific kill-streak. The article also said that the movement abilities like wall running, jet pack, etc. are spread out among the specialists. unless I read that wrong.

        • Aaron V

          Interesting.. I just hope you won’t be able to sit on roof tops like AW.

          • Lawfulmaxhavoc

            Yeah that really annoyed me

          • LvlJosh

            I personally don’t mind people on rooftops. I am an excellent grenade cooker/thrower lol

  • TheDemonOfHate

    THIS GAME IS GETTING COMPLICATED!!

  • OJ da Juiceman

    Treyarch had one chance to revive the dying Call of Duty series and they failed. RIP COD.

  • Jay Gautreau

    Mashable’s Post Mirrored!

  • OJ da Juiceman

    A staggering 85% of people voted for not wanting exo suits, so instead they give us “jetpacks” and the ability to “wall run.” Thanks Treyarch for completely ignoring your core fan base.

    • Lawfulmaxhavoc

      What defines them as core? The fact that they have a twitter account?

      • OJ da Juiceman

        85% defines them as “core”

        • Lawfulmaxhavoc

          So the 15% you do not share an opinion with are not “core”?

          • OJ da Juiceman

            If you’re trying to listen to the “core” of your fanbase, than 85% would represent them more than 15% would.

          • Lawfulmaxhavoc

            The core fanbase is all of the fanbase, not just the popular vote

          • OJ da Juiceman

            Play semantics all you want, the fact is most people of the “core” fanbase did not want this futuristic garbage. RIP COD.

          • Lawfulmaxhavoc

            I agree I do not want it either, but we have to view this with an open mind

          • OJ da Juiceman

            I’m trying here, but I feel like they’re feeding us bullshit just to stop people from complaining.

            “However, many reports have stated that if you don’t want to use the new movement system, you don’t have to. The maps in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 are being designed to allow fans to play with boots on the ground, allowing either style to work, like never before.”

            In other words, we know most people don’t want exo suits, but we already developed the game with them, so we’ll just make this bullshit statement to make everyone happy.

          • Lawfulmaxhavoc

            I read somewhere that the mashable article was fake

    • Siftblade of Rivia

      The game was already in development before most people decided they didn’t like exos. Not much they can do at that point. They already designed so much.

      • OJ da Juiceman

        I guess they’re at fault for not having that poll soon enough.

        • Siftblade of Rivia

          That was TmarTn’s poll. He did it after AW. Until then nobody could know if exos would be liked or not. And it was too late at that point for them to change their entire game.

          • OJ da Juiceman

            I’m sure Tmartn stays in contact with devs and the fact they had that poll too late to change the game makes it their fault. Either way, this is not what people wanted. RIP COD.

          • Siftblade of Rivia

            How would people answer the poll if they’ve never played AW yet? Treyarch was 2 years into development went AW came out, and the pull came out just a few months later.

          • LvlJosh

            You really might as well not even interact with this guy people. He is just butt hurt that he didn’t get the game HE wanted.

        • Xecho

          Shut the fuck up. Stop blaming treyarch. They didn’t have to do a poll because they thought people would like it. The fans are at fault here. Get your sour ass out of your braindead head.

          • OJ da Juiceman

            The fans are at fault for Treyarch making a game no one wanted? LOL

            *fanboy alert*

          • Xecho

            Are you kidding me? Is that the best you got? Pathetic. You don’t even know what a damn fanboy is. Yet you are calling me one just because I am hashing all over the fans because they are so fucking stupid for being nittypicky. Smh. Learn a better come back then talk to me. For you supplied nothing to insult me.

  • OJ da Juiceman

    Why didn’t they just make World at War 2? Did anyone actually want a game in the year 2065? lol …. I didn’t think so

    • AlexK489

      So let me get this straight, you’d rather someone completely rehash something that’s been done in videogames (and movies anf tv shows) 1,000 times where there’d be nothing new to contribute and be a boring, bland piece of crap than have a company try new ideas in an exciting setting with new gameplay mechanics and imaginative settings?

  • Dr. Salim

    Is it just me or is CI running really slow right now?

    • LovekillerX

      It is running slow because of so many visitors at the same time.

    • Bolbi Stroganovsky

      It’s been on and off with that error

    • RdJokr

      Major traffic going on right now. The hype is real.

  • Guest

    More Screenshots –

    • LovekillerX

      Nice looking pictures! KAP40 with laser sight??

    • Bolbi Stroganovsky

      Holy shit, those helmets.

      • Lawfulmaxhavoc

        Yes, but hopefully they make those standard and no character customization to give us crappy supply drops

    • Siftblade of Rivia

      That helmet in the second picture is really badass.

  • RIP COD

    This game looks exactly like Advanced Warfare which is what everyone didn’t want. Fair enough it was too late for 3arc to do a u-turn but it’s really sad to see our last hopes for the franchise deliver this artrocity. RIP COD:-(

    • OJ da Juiceman

      How was it too late? The community was asking for WAW2 way before AW was even out.

  • LovekillerX
    • Lawfulmaxhavoc

      That’d be awesome

    • Bolbi Stroganovsky

      Doubt it; but 16 maps at launch? That’s double than the norm (not that I’m complaining; screw DLC)

      • LovekillerX

        As a campaign lover I would like to get those 18 campaign levels!

        • Bolbi Stroganovsky

          Gotta be sure how long 1 level lasts, haha

      • Lawfulmaxhavoc

        Double the norm is pushing it

      • CoDforever

        double the norm? What the fuck? Every cod has 14-16 maps without dlc

  • LLORT
    • OJ da Juiceman

      LOL

    • Bolbi Stroganovsky

      Originality 10/10

    • lunator100hd .

      HAHAHAHAHAHA NICE BRO

    • RogueMURICAN

      lol.

  • Clayster

    I loved titanfall and hated bo2. Might get a happy medium.

  • Juses

    I just don’t want SBMM.

    • lunator100hd .

      ME TOO

    • Lawfulmaxhavoc

      Totally agree, SBMM should be left in league play

    • OJ da Juiceman

      I don’t want:
      -Future setting
      -wall running
      -jet packs
      -SBMM
      -the title “blacks ops 3” instead of WAW2

      • Siftblade of Rivia

        Come back in 3 years, lol.

        • LovekillerX

          LOL! Or maybe he should wait for Ghosts 2, our savior? XD

          • Juses

            Or MW4

          • LovekillerX

            Or thousands of WW2 titles which have been on markets a long time.

          • Juses

            What? I’m just saying that IW’s next cod will most likely be MW4 after the failure of ghosts. There’s no way activision will allow them to make Ghosts 2.

          • J4MES

            Ghosts is a tainted IP – it would put 80%+ people off before they’ve even released a detail. IW will either do another new IP with the Naughty Dog lead writers who joined or they will revisit MW and do a prequel or something. Either way; I’m not too confident in them but Ghosts 2 would be a write-off before it’s even announced!

          • RdJokr

            Or just make a new IP, while still using some characters from Ghosts. Just so they can have a Ghosts 2 without being a Ghosts 2. Like how Black Ops was basically World at War 2, because of Reznov.

          • Ghosts is better than AW. Activision let Sledgehammer make AW.

          • Juses

            Yea Ghosts is better than AW, but nobody will buy ghosts 2. So that’s why they’ll name it something else or make Mw4

          • Yeah, Ghosts sucks but it’s better than AW. But I’d rather have MW4.

          • OJ da Juiceman

            Ghosts was the worst title of them all.

      • Juses

        K. Well there’s nothing treyarch can do, it’s too late now.

      • RdJokr

        Might as well go play something else then, because this is how COD’s gonna be now.

        • OJ da Juiceman

          Unfortunately, you’re probably right.

        • Juses

          Black ops 3*

  • OJ da Juiceman

    Treyarch, you had one job. smh

    • Clayster

      Why dont you chill? havent seen shit about the game really and you’re already crying.

  • StaticShockFather

    Sounds like crysis 3, hopefully this game is good

  • lunator100hd .

    BO2 was garbage, AW is way better, i hope bo3 gonna be good

    • OJ da Juiceman

      Aw was garbage, BO2 is way better.

      • lunator100hd .

        bo2 was broken, AW is not but everyone hate it cause is hard as fuck with SNMM

        • OJ da Juiceman

          I don’t think people like the exo suits very much.

          • lunator100hd .

            i like them cause made the game fast

          • OJ da Juiceman

            Well then, you are in the minority.

          • shantzonpoint

            No you are the minority believe me. Get used to it. Old CoD is dead so either deal with it, or move on. Days of sitting in a corner with a IED, Shock Charge, etc. covering a door are over. The game has moved to giving people that rush the advantage instead of camping.

          • OJ da Juiceman

            Days of sitting in a corner with an IED or Shock charge? LMAO, let me guess … Blacks ops 2 was your very first Call of Duty experience, wasn’t it? How cute.

          • shantzonpoint

            Big negative. I’ve been playing since cod4. I’m guessing you’re one of the corner campers? There is always next year bud……..

        • Lawfulmaxhavoc

          SBMM faced me against players from different countries, so I’m all for it going away

          • lunator100hd .

            i respect that but for me, the gameplay is much more fun

      • Daniel

        BO2 was garbage. AW is the best CoD
        But bo3 is looking ridiculous I just wanted a ww2 or cold war cod

    • Juses

      Obvious troll

  • OJ da Juiceman

    I can’t wait to play Call of Duty: Titanfall Ops 3. I hope they keep SBMM and exo suits. Also, I hope the make 1 or 2 weapons extremely overpowered, like the ASM1 or Bal-27, so no one uses any other weapons.

    • lunator100hd .

      i use AK12 all the time!!

    • RdJokr

      How about you stop with your fucking bitching, and wait till you actually try the fucking game??? I swear, people these days, always judging things without even trying…

      • Siftblade of Rivia

        Just ignore them, lol.

        • RdJokr

          Sorry man, I’m just way too hyped right now, even the slightest bit of negativity really irks me.

          • OJ da Juiceman

            *fanboy alert*

          • Siftblade of Rivia

            Just let him live in ignorance. If he really thinks the BAL and ASM1 are the only guns used in AW, that just shows how narrow his perspective is.

          • OJ da Juiceman

            You’re honestly disagreeing with me about that?

        • OJ da Juiceman

          Sure, ignore people with legitimate concerns, but listen to fanboy sheep who will buy anything devs shove down their throat. It’s people like you guys who allow them to continue making terrible games because you idiots will keep buying them no matter how terrible they are.

          • Siftblade of Rivia

            Okay (:

          • OJ da Juiceman

            “I’m a gamer” but I play on PSN. LMAO

          • Siftblade of Rivia

            Last time I checked, PSN stands for Playstation Network.

          • OJ da Juiceman

            Last time I checked, the PSN is where casual scrubs play.

          • Siftblade of Rivia

            Lol wow.

          • RdJokr

            Like you said man, just ignore him, and maybe he’ll go away.

          • OJ da Juiceman

            Nah, I’m here to stay.

          • RdJokr

            Good, be a dumb blinded hater all you want.

          • Siftblade of Rivia

            It’s kinda amusing XD

          • OJ da Juiceman

            “man” lol

          • OJ da Juiceman

            It’s the truth.

          • Mini

            LMFAO kid. Please ask your parents what that word what actually means.

          • OJ da Juiceman

            Son, I am the truth.

          • Mini

            That’s cute. Is that what your mom told you?

  • Cool of Doody

    First and best. Screw this pathetic Advanced Warfare clone which was already ripped from Titanfall and Crysis.

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/0/02/CoD_Black_Ops_cover.png

    RIP Black Ops.

  • tactikz4

    Seriously i knew they were gonna pick ideas from destiny. Look at how many hours Vonderhaar put into destiny. That was probably his most played game

  • LovekillerX
    • Siftblade of Rivia

      Looks like the trailer is coming out soon if they put the preorder site up.

  • KevJumbaify .

    Too bad Destiny sucks

    • DanKhoo Productions

      At least they do the “hybrid” servers better than COD.

      Fuck me, when are dedicated servers coming?

      Cheap ass developers taking our pre order money to buy the latest Maserati / Patek Philippe.

      “Pre-order for access to the beta! Pre-pre-order for access to dedicated servers”

    • Andy1118

      Yea my cousin say it does suck.

  • OJ da Juiceman

    Yep, no exo-suits, but there is jetpacks and wall-running. Thanks Treyarch for not listening to a single word from the community. RIP COD.

    • lunator100hd .

      your buying it arent you?

      • OJ da Juiceman

        you’re*

        • lunator100hd .

          yep u r

          • OJ da Juiceman

            Honestly, I probably will buy it. lol, but I’m going to continue hating to express my anger for this not being World at War 2.

          • RdJokr

            And this, ladies and gentlemen, is a prime example of today’s COD hater. Hate the game, and still buy it just to hate.

          • OJ da Juiceman

            That’s the truth, I am a hater. But I do know what I want and I haven’t been happy with the COD since BO2.

          • Thomas Huffman

            Can’t argue with that actually.

          • Grendar

            Then STOP buying it!

            What.. you expect them to change because you are still giving them money?

            I know I won’t. What’s your occupation? If your employer is still paying you despite a shit job you do (assuming) and you leave home 4 hours before shutdown (assuming), would you change? I know I won’t.

            That looks like a sweet life to me.

            Then STOP buying it!

          • Thomas Huffman

            Newport is a cod player at its best.

          • lunator100hd .

            WW2 era is over long ago so not much room for innovation in gaming

          • OJ da Juiceman

            I never wanted innovation, I just wanted to storm the beach of Normandy in 1080p. That’s all I ever asked for.

          • RogueMURICAN

            If you wan’t to storm the beaches of Normandy at 1080p go buy the BluRay of Saving Private Ryan you big ol douche.

          • MOH

            Wrong game. Medal of Honor is that way son.

          • OJ da Juiceman

            In 1080p? I don’t believe any games last gen were 1080p. Sit down son.

  • SILLY FANBOYS

    Why are people getting hyped for a game they will hate a week after release? It’s the same every bloody year and you fools are just fuelling Activision’s wallets and getting garbage in return. Two years ago to the day; everyone was getting mega hyped for Ghosts LMFAO! Its just so sad to see so many blinded idiots falling into the same trap once again.

    • OJ da Juiceman

      I already hate it.

  • OJ da Juiceman

    “I’m so excited for this game”

    -Fanboys

  • ScOott

    I was really hoping treyarch wouldn’t go to futuristic.. Now it’s destiny halo and Titanfall yuke! I’m hoping the trailer changes my mind :-/

    • RdJokr

      It’s really too late to go back now. It’s only forward from here on out.

      • ScOott

        Yup … If it wasn’t split screen I wouldn’t still be here … I’m going to hang around see how it goes

        • RdJokr

          You still get your Zombies though, so it’s not so bad. I mean, there’s probably advanced movements involved, but I wouldn’t worry too much.

          • ScOott

            Lol Yh I would scrap zombies for An old school mp on current gen just like that tho … Maybe it’s time everyone exepts cod has now changed n it’s never going back … Time to be a cod fan or leave at this point.. I think a few regular commenters will leave with this cod … I don’t know if I’m a cod fan any longer after the past couple of cods now this … Il ofcorse buy it for zombies and if multiplayer sucks I will just have to accept n move on, I’m not going to be one of them idiots that only hate on the game

          • RdJokr

            Treyarch is putting in a lot of efforts with this, so I think MP will be enjoyable. That said, we’ll know for certain when the beta hits.

          • ScOott

            I forgot about the beta at least, we all get to try before we buy, so no excuse for people to hate the game on release ..

          • Yep.

  • Daniel

    I knew Vonderhaar had smoke too much Destiny

  • KevJumbaify .

    What about character customization? Is it the same as aw? This site is getting errors

    • Siftblade of Rivia

      I think it is in MP. Not sure about campaign though.

      • RdJokr

        The earlier leaks say that you can customize your appearance in co-op campaign though, so I guess it’s a yes on both. The only question is if Zombies will have the same customization system (though I would rather it not have that, and just stick to the usual).

        • KevJumbaify .

          I wouldn’t mind if we could change our zombie character clothes though

          • RdJokr

            As long as I still get my Zombies characters with personality, and not replaceable Extinction squads, I’m fine.

      • KevJumbaify .

        We need full customization. Like change beards, hair, hair color, add tattoos, etc..

        • Siftblade of Rivia

          I was wrong. Full customization in SP, but in MP, you chose one out of nine specialized characters, each with a signature power or weapon, their own look, voices, etc.

          • AlexK489

            Customization’a int he whole game. The “Specialists” fon’t replace characters in MP, they’re an addition to them.

          • AlexK489

            Customization’s in***
            Sorry bout that >_>

          • Siftblade of Rivia

            No, they’ll replace them. It’s confirmed.

          • AlexK489

            Hm. I assumed it was a completely different system but i guess you’re right. It’s the traditional CaC with this specialist system added to it.
            Gonna be weird running around seeing other players with the exact same character as you though, so hopefully there’s some sembalance of customization to the appearance of the characters.

          • Siftblade of Rivia

            How is that going to be weird? It’s been like that in every game up to BO2. Only Ghosts and AW had character customization.

  • OJ da Juiceman

    “Call of Duty: Titanfall Ops 3 World Reveal”

    • Thomas Huffman

      Chill. Smh. We haven’t even seen the gameplay yet.

    • Guest

      Remember when dumbasses claimed advanced warfare was just anther titanfall, only to find out it played nothing like it?

      • BO3

        Yes, i think Black Ops 3 will be a great game!

    • Baruck obuma

      thats not funny

  • LvlJosh

    Honestly from what I have read on that mashable article that was “accidentally put up”. This CoD looks to be one of the most varied and personalized mp experiences that CoD has had in a long time. What with different movement abilities spread out, a special ability per specialist and other things that haven’t been announced yet. I can really see people optimizing their playstyle with different loadouts. Among the great possibilities of optimizing different roles on a team for people who play with others.

  • zack

    This is exactly what i thought they should do. I also thought the boost jumping and wall running should be included in the choice of abilities to better balance it out. Hopefully that is what they did because if everyone has unlimited wall running and boost jumoing its going to be stupid.

  • Tricky VIk

    “Let the complaining commence!”
    “In all honesty it’s a great thing, let the neigh-sayers complain and not buy this title, more fun for us without toxic people in the game.”

  • ScOott

    Where can I watch trailer this sites fucked up ?

    • Baruck obuma

      there is no trailer

      • ScOott

        Yes it’s out today ?… I know it’s not up yet .. I just want to know the best place to watch it

        • Juses

          Halo scoot.

          • ScOott

            Halo juses, heve yew seen the new Spodermen and baruk obama cument en heyour?

          • Juses

            Yuz eye hev

  • wow bruh smh

  • Ryumoau

    i didn’t really like Destiny so i’m not sure how i feel about anything from that being brought here. Hopefully Treyarch know what they are doing.

  • So Goliath type weapon and XMG. So catering to noobs. So guided bullets. So overclock. So a cross between bouncing betties and a Tac-19. So teleportation. And so Threat Grenade ability. Well ok then. Were screwed.

  • HenryDF

    Well, I love Destiny. And the inclusion of the specialist stuff concerns me. I can’t see it working that well in CoD.

  • BradyAlucard[sillibk]

    I told you this game would borrow from density

    • Michael:GodOfEWN

      Which sucks for me since Destiny wasn’t all that great to me.

      • BradyAlucard[sillibk]

        If they improve on it I don’t mind.

  • Brad

    I can already tell and already know the teleport will be annoying as fuck when it happens. Fine wit the others though.

  • Johtoboy

    Just great, another layer of bullshit in multiplayer. Who the fuck would be excited about Destiny supers in CoD?

  • Black

    I understand that Champions/Specialists have to visible and recognizable, but can we customize few details like gloves, pants, sleeves, colours ?

  • Rorschach Ink

    Will Ghost 2 be the unexpected savior of the series? Clearly 2/3 of Call of Duty are in a Jet pack/Robot future phase. How much more worst can Ghost get?

  • D. Kirkpat

    Can someone tell me why are all the player characters the same skin types, basically one ethic group. This time it’s painfully obvious of how the developer is not moving forward and recognizing that there are other ethnic groups around in the world.

    This is intentional. It’s time for people to start avoiding games with built in indirect racism.

    I’m surprised I didn’t notice this before. This will definitely be my last Black Ops title. I started to return it when I found I couldn’t select an ethnic type of player character or make skin type changes. Amazing,,,,and sad to see stuff like this in games.

    There are ethnics in the game, however it’s a sublime hidden intent and slight that made me take notice when I first started playing the game.

    Time for a protest against stuff like this.

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