If you're a hardcore Call of Duty fan who's managed to hit the top of Advanced Warfare's prestige system, Sledgehammer Games is giving your life new meaning. Today, the developer released 15 additional prestige levels, new elite weapons, and a potpourri of swanky gear.

Advanced Warfare's Master Prestige system gives maxed-out players a reason to pick up a controller. Completing each of the 15 prestige levels means you'll gain access to a new weapon for multiplayer matches. And anyone who manages to summit the 15th level will be rewarded with a set of purple-and-gold fatigues, just like Queen Elizabeth's ExoSuit.

Check out Sledgehammer's video introduction:



Today's patch also includes a few minor and semi-major tweaks. According to the patch notes, several weapons were rebalanced (mostly by lowering the recoil), some readability issues were corrected in Broadcaster Mode, and a few bugs were squashed. Aside from the prestige content, this is an uneventful patch.

Sledgehammer has been working hard to regain the community's trust following the backlash surrounding Call of Duty: Ghosts. The company is desperately trying to keep players happy, especially when things don't go as planned. Last week, for example, Sledgehammer was forced to delay the "Havoc" DLC's PC release, so the developer smoothed things over with a piece of rare loot.

In a February 26th post on the community forums, Sledgehammer apologized for the setback and gifted a posh new ExoSuit:
"Please pardon today's delay, and accept this KVA Paramilitary Exo as a small token of our appreciation. The KVA Paramilitary Exo’s unique look matches the exclusive AE-4 Widowmaker directed energy Assault Rifle. This Rare Enlisted Loot will be contained in the next Supply Drop you open and Double XP has been activated through the PC launch of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare "HAVOC" DLC on March 3rd."

The "Havoc" DLC hit Xboxes in January, bringing a handful of new maps and the much-anticipated Exo Zombies mode. PlayStation owners got their hands on "Havoc" last month, and PC gamers can finally download it today.

Next week, Sledgehammer will begin beta testing Advanced Warfare's Clan Raid system, which is a strange addition to a Call of Duty game. These objective-based squad missions will be part of Advanced Warfare's clan-only leaderboard. And teams that climb the ranks will gain access to exclusive gear.

It's a good time to be a Call of Duty player. The folks at Sledgehammer freshened up a franchise that's constantly criticized for rehashing the same concept. Now if only they could find a way to make Xbox Live players act like civilized human beings.

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