During a Q&A Periscope stream with David Vonderhaar, he confirmed that specialist characters in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 will have their own level progression system, where players have to rank these characters up through earning XP.

Vahn confirmed that one of the things you will unlock as the specialist ranks up is new customization items. It’s not clear as of now how prestige mode and system will work with the specialist system.

SOURCE: Periscope

  • ScOott

    Furst … And I thought this was allready confirmed ..

    • GG ScOott! Got first again I see. 🙂

    • Tricky VIk

      “You confirmed you’re first?..”

  • Javaughn White

    Zombies please

  • jordanxbrookes

    Just as long as these items are cosmetic, I’m fine with it.

    • shantzonpoint

      I totally agree. I hope to god weapon variants aren’t a part of this.

    • Sinful Soulz

      Honestly, I would like if you received something cosmetic also for your character, but it would make little tweaks to your score or XP or something on the lines of that. For example, let’s say you play with Reaper for a while and unlock something. It is some sort of different armor helmet piece that doesn’t stick out too much. It has a digital camouflage. You put it on Reaper(and this is exclusive to him), and it gives you +15% Specialist(Reaper) XP Per Match Win. Treyarch could do so much with this. For example, you could play with Reaper all the time and use his Scythe gun ability continuously. You could get something maybe for a gun just by using this ability. You could get some sort of long barrel variation for a gun that makes your gun’s barrel blue or something like that. It would give you +5% Weapon XP every time you get a kill with that weapon, but only with the certain long barrel attachment variation on that weapon. You could even do this with Calling Cards. If you use Reaper long enough, you get a Calling Card. It is consisting of him shooting in the background, and it gives you +30% Leveling Up XP Per Match Win with Reaper. I got this idea off of Mortal Kombat X. You get to choose what you want on your Kombat Kard(basically a calling card from Call of Duty) and you get +50 Koins Per Match Win, or +20% XP Per Match Win if you equip a different emblem or background. Sometimes it is exclusive to a certain character also, but if you put this in with Call of Duty, it might just work. It adds a totally new perspective to customization to guns and to calling cards in Call of Duty, without changing too much. One thing I might be concerned about my idea is that people might stack this stuff up on their weapon and get a buttload of Weapon XP every time they receive a kill. Maybe you can just only put one of these “Special” attachments on your gun, and only one special piece of armor on your Specialist. This would be very balanced in my opinion. You may unlock certain variations of customizable attachments and armor that do not have this type of uniqueness to them with all the +5% XP and that is just cosmetic, but also getting these rarer customizable items once in a while.

  • Kurama The Nine-Tailed Fox

    I’m going to playing Black Ops 3 for 3 years until Black Ops 4 comes out, this is good news. 9 specialist characters to rank up, loads of guns to prestige (possibly twice like in BO2) + hopefully diamond camo to go for, Prestige Master rank to go for, Zombie rank 8 to level up to and co-op campaign ranking up also.

    GG Sledgehammer and Infinity Ward.

    • BradyAlucard[sillibk]

      Those companies are dead to me.

      • jordanxxxbrookes


        BradyAlucard[sillibk] TheGamerBeast 8 days ago
        You’ll be disappointed. They’re going with PlayStation.

        BradyAlucard[sillibk] Cosima McInnes 8 days ago
        It’ll be at the Sony conference.

        BradyAlucard[sillibk] Mohamed Reda Taibi 8 days ago
        You had 1.5 years to invest. If you can afford a PC, you can afford a PS4.

        BradyAlucard[sillibk] Larry Rose 9 days ago
        PS4 is actually quite powerful and capable. Especially for a console that will be $200 in 5 years or so, and will be a literal steal with all the games and features it’ll have as a gaming machine.

        BradyAlucard[sillibk] Sexy Mcgee 10 days ago
        What’s with fanboys defending rehashes?

        BradyAlucard[sillibk] Larry Rose 10 days ago
        Underwhelming? In what department? At least in terms of PS4. I don’t own an Xbox One and don’t plan to

        BradyAlucard[sillibk] 11 days ago
        NICE! JRPG’s on PlayStation making a comeback!

        BradyAlucard[sillibk] Glass 13 days ago
        Microsoft has never “won” an E3 imo. Why do you say that?

        BradyAlucard[sillibk] ccrows 13 days ago
        Third party deals benefit the console. It may not benefit the other platforms, but ticked exclusivity pushes units. This is smart on Sony’s part. They’ve just taken a nearly 10-year-old crown and rubbing it in Xbox’s face. It will be a nice, bloody, controversial rivalry at E3. OK SO IT’S OKAY TO HAVE SONY’S COCK AND BEST INTERESTS IN MIND BUT ANY OTHER COMPANY IS FANBOYISM..

        • BradyAlucard[sillibk]

          You are so mad, even though your assumptions are completely wrong. Run along, now, kid, it’s passed your bed time.

          • SpetsnazAIRBORNE

            Nice profile image. #Yooka-laylee

          • BradyAlucard[sillibk]

            Thank you very much ?it is looking very sharp.

          • jordanxxxbrookes

            Now I KNOW you’ve run out of shit to say. You went to the COD cliche of calling someone “kid” lmao. I’m an adult, also an adult with dragon cartoon avatars frequenting charlie intel like it’s my job. And also no I’m not bad either kind sir. I don’t get COD players obsession with kids tho, it’s like if someone was literally a 12-16 year old you’d actually talk shit to them? As a father I may never let my kid play games knowing that if he was maybe on FIFA or an awesome game like LittleBigPlanet some grown ass man would say, “shut up your little fag”. Talking shit to kids is a slight step up from just calling women whores when they speak…I’ll leave you be, you’re a bitch but your opinon no matter how errorneous is the gospel. Good day

          • jordanxxxbrookes

            *not an adult…*mad not bad…Sorry on this new LG G4(not a fanboy though before you go to your go to move). Maybe I’ll see you on BO3 as long as SBMM is gone, because I wouldn’t see you in the 1.1 kdr 220 spm lobbies you would be relegated too with SBMM.

          • BradyAlucard[sillibk]

            Lmao you’re sad

          • jordanxxxbrookes

            Stop using hyperbole. An “ignorant assumption” is saying someone is racist because they enjoy country music. Assuming someone’s gay ass avatar is a dragon is just lack of homosexual tendencies. Also a dragon is about as close to a chameleon as a Husky is to a Wolf…Now I see why you hated SBMM and just wanted to have “fun without caring how well you did”(bs btw). Any grown man that would play a game like that has to be a pedophile or a huge pussy. I bet you play COD games’ campaign on Recruit. Stick to Nintendo Wii or I can loan you me kid’s Nabi Jr you fucking pussy. I suggest you move along

          • BradyAlucard[sillibk]

            Don’t tell me what to do kid

          • BradyAlucard[sillibk]

            And lmao you still think my avatar is a Dragon, I highly recommend you educate yourself. Speaking by your clearly ignorant assumptions, I will now assume that you’re a troll who repeats himself. Yoire such a weak minded individual.

          • jordanxxxbrookes

            Please tell me what university course I should take to “educate” myself on homosexual avatars. Is it “ManChild Development”? Maybe we can carpool so you can take a course to learn what “anti consumerism” actually is. Also since you’re so good at predictions, who do you have in World Cup?

          • BradyAlucard[sillibk]

            As if my avatar matters kid stop using hyperbole

          • jordanxxxbrookes


          • BradyAlucard[sillibk]

            K bye

          • jordanxxxbrookes

            Also now I’m making assumptions although those are words YOU typed by you, and probably 10+ more with you finding someone to praise PS4 and any decision Sony makes including timed DLC. You’re ok with them making that decision and changing the game. Yet when something is implemented on COD(that’s admittedly stupid) then all of a sudden you care about gamers and don’t care about the company point of view. You also just call people fanboys which is evident in your posts….You can’t be taken too seriously when any opposition to your arrogant points of view comes along. Most people who call folks “fanboys” are literally fanboys of something else. You’re a PS4 fanboy which so fucking what if you or anyone else. Better to be positive about something then to constantly just complain about shit. You have WAY too many posts on this site. So whatever pity you have for me, use it to get more friends or a more productive job. You’re way too sedentary.

          • Tricky VIk

            “My question is, is it wrong to be a fanboy, I mean the negative stuff certainly, but other than that it’s not so bad right?”
            “I like all platforms, but to be honest I’ll lean more towards Sony, because that’s what I’ve stuck with, and I like the controller.”

        • Tricky VIk

          “This comment has effort, I’m sure it took time to find all those comments, +1.”

    • Bobby Cain

      who says zombies will only have 8 rank ups? but i agree i will be playing this for a long time probably skipping the next two cods treyarch are the best

    • theeeNerd

      Personally I will be looking forward to all COD games regardless of which studio is making it.

      • rockamente


        • theeeNerd

          What do you mean by “word”.

          • Tricky VIk

            “I assume, slang for ‘I agree with you’.”

          • theeeNerd

            Good to know!

      • Tricky VIk

        “You and I will be good friends with that mentality, every time you blink, you’ll see me from the corner of your eye.”

        • theeeNerd

          Oh wow. Thank you!

    • Rorke File

      I think IW is coming with something big, now with two studios emerged together and old dev back of good old days

      • JoZer805g

        They’re most likely to bring back COD with boots on the ground only.

        • Rorke File

          I think it will, but it won’t will be a sequel to Ghosts that game got so much hate and I think Activision knows that.

  • Psychomaggot105

    So how does customizing your character work? Is it like destiny where certain classes get certain items?

    • Siftblade of Rivia

      I’m guessing that if you play a bunch with a specific character, you will unlock customization options for that character. So if you want to get all the customizations, you have to switch up which characters and special abilities you use.

  • Zuph (Emma)

    This is awesome news ^.^

  • Navv

    Please stick some decent unlockable camos in rather than selling 50 of them as DLC

  • LovekillerX

    So it seems like Black Ops 3 doesn’t let you get bored. Weapon leveling, character leveling, prestiges, co-op, zombies… damn!

  • destsicate

    This is coming along to be the best cod for a very long time in vhan we trust and I’m not bothered about the switch over to playstation may get the dlc a month later but that’ll just add longevity to the game for me

    • jordanxxxbrookes

      I agree, but I also feel like every year we someone convince ourselves of this. In fairness Ghosts sort of seemed like it would suck anyway whether it was Infinity Ward’s new past their prime devs or just not looking all that impressive besides having female characters. AW at least had new devs and fastest pace to get up amped up. I believe in Treyarch too but seems like every year the minute we see even a 2 minute gameplay clip we immediately do the, “this year will be great, CODs last chance” lol.

  • I like the idea of the specialist characters. They remind me of champions, from LoL. All have their own personalities and look, and special weapons on top of your customizable soldier.

  • Sean Mallalieu

    Here’s an idea on how I think prestige will work in BO3.

    There are 9 specialists within the game, each with their own leveling system. Each one has max rank of 55, then with the option to prestige, but each character has only ONE prestige. Very similar to how Ghosts worked.

    Once all 9 have been prestiged, a 10th character will unlock (possibly a brand new Master Prestige character with either;

    A.) Completely new abilities and weapon.


    B.) Make your own character, customising how they look in-game and you can choose which gun and ability your own guy could have.

    The last prestige would equal to Master Prestige. Makes sense.