While there’s no disputing that leveling up in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is quite a bit slower than in previous installments, but that doesn’t seem to be a logical reason as to why nearly 50% of players haven’t reached the milestone of level 10 in the online multiplayer portion of the game since launch. It’s not that slow.
By taking a peek at Steam achievements, PSN trophies, or even Xbox Achievements, you can clearly see that many players apparently don’t play the game enough to hit level 10. Players that have reached this level earn an award titled “Welcome to the Club”.
The PC versions of the game seems to be the hardest hit with only about 47% of gamers earning the award. The majority of Playstation users (~57%) have snagged the achievement. We weren’t able to find data for the Xbox version, but it’s probably safe to assume that it sits comfortably around the 50% mark as well.
There are a few different ways you can process this information..
A lot of anti-CoD gamers will likely throw out bits about how the franchise is dying and people are sick of the same old game from the past decade. Die-hard Infinity Ward fans or those that despise the new airborne movement mechanics, on the other hand, may state that Black Ops 3 is terrible and didn’t deliver what fans wanted.
For those of us that are a bit more rational, there are a number of different explanations that could be considered.
First off, not every CoD player picks up the latest game for the online multiplayer. As shocking as it may be, some people do actually play Call of Duty for the campaign. Others simply want to play the survivalist-centered zombies mode for hours on end, which has it’s own separate leveling system in Black Ops 3.
Then you’ve got to factor in the number of adults with jobs, kids, and other real-life responsibilities that may only have an hour a week to play the game, thus significantly slowing their leveling progress.
In other words… there are a LOT of different reasons that half the player population may not be at level 10. Sure, they may have played it up to level 10, hated it, and abandoned it altogether, but there are many other possibilities to consider as well.
At the end of the day, though, it’s hard to determine exactly what this statistic means. We don’t have any historical data regarding how many players hit level 10 or higher for every past Call of Duty game to compare it to, so we can only make assumptions.
Why do you think so many players are below this seemingly low level? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!