Robert Bowling announced during the Call of Duty XP live stream that the developers on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 have completely overhauled their kill streak philosophy to create what they're calling Strike Packages. Say goodbye to one man army, game ending nukes, shotguns as secondaries, the commando perk, and last stand. Modern Warfare 3 has been completely rebalanced to allow more choices and to support a variety of playstyles for all types of gamers.
For example, the team looked at how kill streaks were being used across a variety of game types and found that it was only really optimized for team deathmatch. So in Modern Warfare 3, the team has expanded the concept of kill streaks into what they're calling point streaks. It's not just about kills anymore. Now you'll get points for objectives and assists, all leading to your next point streak reward. Once you get a reward, you can customize your points to your own playstyle by placing them in to one of three strike packages: assault, support, and specialist.
Each package has their own unique reward system that will change how you play COD for the better. Assault is for those who like the traditional kill streak system with Osprey Gunner and Reaper upgrades. Support is for those who want to help the team instead of upping their body count with SAM turrets, Stealth Bombers or Recon Juggernauts and doesn't reset when you die. The third is Specialist which awards you perks as you kill people and after your 8th kill, you unlock every Perk available. According to Bowling, Specialist is the greatest test of skill for the hardcore Call of Duty Players, but also offers no airstrikes, etc.
Strike Packages are in the game to offer more choices than ever before for both new and veteran players alike. It will ultimately change how the game will be played, but with concise balancing and tweaking, it should make for a more enjoyable experience overall. There's also weapon proficiencies that upgrade and unlock attachments through leveling it.
What do you think of the new strike packages? Are you excited for this sort of change to your Call of Duty Multiplayer experience? Let us know, and be sure to stay tuned for more announced from Call of Duty XP.
CoD: MW3 is coming out on November 8, 2011.