Skip to main content

Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 is bringing back several fan-favorite features

A squad stands together in Call of Duty: Black Ops 6.
Summer Gaming Marathon Feature Image
This story is part of our Summer Gaming Marathon series.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 will bring back several fan-requested features when it launches this fall. That list includes a Classic Prestige progression system, a round-ending Best Kill clip, and more.

Developed by Treyarch, Black Ops 6 is the first Call of Duty game being released fully under Xbox’s Activision ownership. With the stakes high, there’s a lot of pressure on Treyarch to deliver this year. It looks as though the studio is taking that task seriously, as Black Ops 6 seemingly takes years of fan feedback and requests into account.

The biggest change is its new Classic Prestige leveling system. In multiplayer, players will move through 55 different military ranks and unlock rewards as they ascend. Once they hit level 55, they’ll have a chance to reset their rank back to one and start a prestige run, where they’ll get some bragging rights and better rewards in exchange for starting from zero with no unlocks. That can be done 10 times, after which they’ll enter a Master Prestige system with 1,000 additional levels. Those who reach the final level will get a secret reward.

Another big multiplayer tweak is the return of Best Kills. When a round ends, players will now see a clip highlighting the “play of the game.” That’ll be followed by a Winner’s Circle, where the top three players on the winning team will get a podium spotlight (where they can emote). Both features last appeared in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.

More fan-favorite features will return for the sequel. Longtime fans will be happy to hear that round-based Zombies mode is coming back. Other systems like Wildcards and Theater Mode are also making a comeback. As for gadgets, the classic RC-XD makes its return too, It joins new tools like the buff-granting War Cry and the Signal Lure, which allows cocky players to draw enemies to their location in exchange for a higher score potential.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 launches on October 25 for PlayStation 4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.

Editors' Recommendations

Giovanni Colantonio
Giovanni is a writer and video producer focusing on happenings in the video game industry. He has contributed stories to…
Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 is real and we’ll learn more about it soon
call of duty black ops 6 reveal key art

Activision finally confirmed that the new game it has been teasing is Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 and that we'll learn a lot more about it very soon.

Hype around the next Call of Duty game began to swell earlier this week when a site called was discovered by Call of Duty fans. After fans were able to deduce that this was a teaser for a new Call of Duty game, Activision released a teaser trailer combining all the clips from the site on the game's actual website. It was ultimately about a group of people vandalizing Mount Rushmore with the message "The Truth Lies."

Read more
Is this a hidden teaser for Call of Duty Black Ops 6? Most likely
Mount Rushmore's heads covered in bandanas that say "the truth lies." The image is on an old TV.

The truth lies, according to videos that have appeared on a website called and that seem to be teasers for the next Call of Duty game, the rumored Black Ops 6.

The teasers were spotted by Call of Duty enthusiast website Charlie Intel. There's a whole setup on the website, with an interactive old-school TV set with volume and channel buttons, as well ones for power and pause. There's also a record function that lets you save the videos to your device.

Read more
Call of Duty: Warzone Mobile is out to eliminate mobile gaming’s stigma
Gameplay from Call of Duty: Warzone mobile

Activision may be under new ownership at Xbox, but that’s not slowing down its flagship series. After a few years in development, Call of Duty: Warzone Mobile is finally launching worldwide under the Microsoft banner. It’s a major moment for the shooter series that’s endured multiple industry changes over its long lineage. The new mobile game is the latest evolution for Call of Duty, bringing a high-quality battle royale experience to phones.

The importance of that evolution isn’t lost on Chris Plummer, the co-head of mobile at Activision. In an interview with Digital Trends ahead of Call of Duty: Warzone Mobile’s launch, Plummer painted a picture of how much has changed in the game industry since Call of Duty Mobile launched in 2019. An industry-shifting war between Epic Games and Apple, an enormous acquisition that’s turned Xbox into a mobile king, and a gradual shift in the general attitude towards mobile games -- all of that has led to this moment. Plummer believes that the old days of players bemoaning cash-grab mobile games are coming to an end. The industry just needed its killer app; he believes Warzone Mobile could be that game.

Read more