THE BUZZ: Robert Bowling, Creative Strategist for Infinity Ward, and Michael Condrey, Co-Founder of Sledgehammer Games, have revealed a few new details regarding Modern Warfare 3’s Strike Packages in a recent Q&A.
Firstly Condrey offered a break down of the different packages for each class, saying that now players with different play styles can also earn rewards:
“The classic style of unlocking killstreaks in Modern Warfare 2 returns in the new Assault Strike Package, but now you have additional options on how they unlock and what type of pointstreaks are rewarded. The Support Strike Package is more team oriented and driven toward the player who wants to push the team forward first toward victory. The Specialist Strike Package is really driven around the player’s advancement through additional perks, in turn becoming the most competitive player possible.”
“I can customize my rewards that are available to me by choosing the Support package. That gives me things at my disposal that allow my team more situational awareness, like Advanced UAV, or throwing out the Recon Drone so I can tag enemies so they show up on the minimap; things that will allow my team to play better, together, rather than just getting kills,” Bowling added.
An new package called an “Escort Airdrop” was mentioned which drops a number of care packages.
“With Support, you actually have an Escort Airdrop; a helicopter will fly in, drop of some care packages and then cover them so you and your teammates actually have time to get to it.”
Finally they offered some details on the Specialist Strike Package:
“Specialist is all about that expert player. It’s the one that really has the most strategy. For one, it’s the Strike Package that unlocks the latest, which is typically for things we want to introduce last,” said Bowling. “You can do things like heavier default loadouts, with things that you’re always getting a benefit from, like SitRep to detect enemy explosives. When you’re going to that flag you know where the enemy has Claymores, you know where they have Bouncing Betties, and what their defenses are when you’re running in there.”
“Once I get out of there and get on my way, I can unlock something else to help me like Assassin. That way I’m undetectable by UAV and the enemy doesn’t have situational awareness on me when I’m trying to get back to my base,” he added.
“To Robert’s point, I think the great thing about Specialist, at least for me, is that with only three perk slots, there are really only a handful of perks that I like exclusively, and there are some that I never get to experience. The way I play, I’ll never be in a position where I run Scavenger, but Specialist allows me to have it. It really opens up an innovative, new way to game when you’re stacking perks that you normally don’t play with,” concluded Condrey.
EGM’s TAKE: The Strike Packages will really mix up the traditional Call of Duty gameplay by offering the less skilled players a chance to reach the top.
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