David “Vahn” Vonderhaar has posted on the official Call of Duty forums details on the Black Ops 2 MP level progression system.

Vahn starts by discussing how the normal level XP works:

Black Ops 2 has 55 levels in it. The total amount of XP is very similar to the amount needed to prestige in World at War and Modern Warfare 1. I’d say it’s easier to level up, because you earn more XP than ever before with our Medals, Challenges we make available to you, as well as the leveling up guns themselves which grant bonus XP.

Create a Class is unlocked at Level 4 in Black Ops 2, similar to previous. At level 4 you have 4 ‘unlock’ tokens to use.

At level 4, we give you about a dozen things you can equip “for free.” This means you don’t have to spend an unlock token on them. It’s effectively one item from each category.

  • 1 Assault Rifle
  • 1 SMG
  • 1 LMG
  • 1 Shotgun
  • 1 Sniper Rifle
  • 1 Perk from each of the 3 perk categories
  • 1 lethal grenade
  • 1 tactical grenade/equipment
Vahn continues stating that, “You get a perk at level 5. You get equipment at level 6. At level 7 we unlock Scorestreaks. You get 3 for free and 3 you can optionally spend unlock tokens on. At level 8 we give you a Perk. At level 9 we give you new Scorestreak.”
Then at level 10 there is a pattern:

  • Level 10 – Weapon + Something Else
  • Level 11 – Equipment (either lethal or tatical).
  • Level 12 – Scorestreak

This is just a brief overview of how leveling in Black Ops 2 MP will work. More details will be coming in the future.

SOURCE: Official Call of Duty Forums

  • Bob

    A little late lol this was all over the internet last night

  • Matty


    • Shadowking58

      to die to cancer

      • Roxas3510

        or to comment..

  • Tim Betow

    Def. alot to take in but I get the general base of it. Side Note: When is that iphone app gonna be released? I have a lot of friends that visit the site wondering as well.

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  • FuzzyPooka

    I don’t know what to think about this. I truly liked MW2s system of unlocks. This is new, but I really don’t like how you need to prestige multiple times to unlock everything.

  • Shadowking58

    forcing people to prestige in order to unlock all attachments in the game at a future prestige level i feel is going to be a huge mistake, to me, prestiging loses all its appeal when they force you to do it. Vahn, if your reading this, your making a huge mistake by forcing players to Prestige. (Agree/disagree/thoughts?)

    • Roxas3510

      If you think about it, you’re not being forced to do anything. It’s still a choice. If you had to prestige just to continue playing the MP, then it would be forcing because they aren’t allowing you to play the game you paid for without prestiging. Some people might not want to unlock everything in the game. Maybe I only like 2 assault rifles and 1 SMG. Maybe I only use the same 3 perks for all of my classes. If you don’t want to prestige that’s fine, you just won’t have every last thing in the game. To be honest I don’t know anyone who uses everything in the game anyways, they usually only use the weapons/perks/streaks that they like, so it’s not like being without the things you probably wouldn’t use will be a problem. Also, you would probably only have to prestige like 3 times to unlock everything. I doubt there’s so many unlockables that you’d have to prestige all 10 times just to have enough tokens for everything.

      • Shadowking58

        even though the simplicity of the prestige mode was it’s appeal back in call of duty 4, what happened to just having an awesome emblem next to your name?

        • Roxas3510

          Hey, that’s why I do it lol. As long as the starting weapons are fun too, I’ll prestige as soon as I’m able to and stop at whichever one I felt looked the coolest. Unless 1-3 are the best looking emblems in this game, this new system doesn’t bother me at all.

  • Charlie B

    Yeah I have no problem with this, I do not use noobtube, heartbeat sensors, acogs, thermals..etc. And I use maybe 5 perks. If you want to complain go ahead. I rather not make any other assumptions until I play the game. I just do not want them to ruin every gun after the game comes out because so many little kids complain that they can not use it, or its too good.

  • LoadStar

    I’m confused for the pattern is it at level 10 you get a weapon and at level 20 you get another or is it at level 10 than 13 you get a gun?

  • Ray’

    I love gun ranking, its just an awesome idea, the more you use it the more you unlock for it

  • Claud_Megaa

    i wanna know what the first sniper you unlock is