As you may recall, Activision and Infinity Ward announced at the Call of Duty XP event that killstreaks, as they existed in previous games, are being done away with in favor of a more balanced system.
To clarify the changes, Activision released a new video that explains just what this new “Strike Package” system is all about. As the video explains, the system is more or less similar to the old one, but it’s designed to reward all players, regardless of skill level.
Infinity Ward believes that the old killstreak system was too lopsided in that it rewarded the best players in any given match, and left those who weren’t doing so well in the dust without a way to catch up. With the new system, all players will have some means to catch up provided they’re completing objectives.
For example, with the Support Strike Package your points towards your next reward will persist even after death. Naturally, this means that most of the rewards will be support-oriented, but it will at least give players the sense that they’re contributing to the team.
That doesn’t mean that skilled players are left without anything new themselves, however. For them, there’s the new “Specialist” Strike Package which, instead of offering your typical rewards, grants you a new perk for every two kills you make.
You can hear more about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3‘s Strike Package system in the video below.