During E3 2015 Treyarch went into more detail about Call Of Duty: Black Ops 3 and its previously announced Specialists. These will act as your characters that you will take control of for the online. They are customizable, but have a name some small backstory to go with them.
Each of the nine specialists (only six of them have been announced) will have a special unique ability and weapon that is exclusive to them. Below is an outline of each of the Specialists that can be chosen along with some info and their abilities/special weapon. Players can only choose either the weapon or the ability to bring into battle, not both. Abilities can be activated multiple times during a match and the ability bar is always filling up even when the player is not scoring points. Death does not reset the ability bar, but it does end your current ability if you die while using it.
Prophet ‘David Wilks’ – Cybernetically augmented soldier.
Weapon: Tempest, Lightning gun that chains arcs. Punishes campers.
Ability: Glitch- Hacking Ability that allows him to relocate to a previous position
Nomad ‘Tavo Rojas’ – Last Suriving Member of an elite force. Off The grid.
Weapons: HIVE- Depolys pod traps that release nano drones for area control.
Ability: Rejack- Ability to recover from death.
Reaper ‘Experimental War Robot’ aka EWR – Cutting edge prototype war robot.
Weapon: Scythe – Transforms EWR’s arm into a high powered mini-gun.
Ability: Psychosis – Puts up three decoy Reapers.
Outrider ‘Alessandra Castillo’ – Brazilian Special Forces, ability to outsmart enemies.
Weapon: Sparrow – Compound bow with explosive tips.
Ability: Vision Pulse – Pings the area and tags enemies in range for a set amount of time.
Seraph ‘Zhen Zhen’ – Militant enforcer known for striking fear in her enemies.
Weapon: Annihilator – High calibur revolver with penetration rounds.
Ability: Combat Focus – triggers bonus multiplier that goes towards Scorestreaks for a period of time.
Ruin ‘Donnie Walsh’ – Military background and upbringing led him down the path to becoming a headstrong soldier. Surprises enemies with his brute force.
Weapon: Gravity Spikes – Creates a large area of effect as he smashes the ground causing a shockwave.
Ability: Overdrive – Begins a burst of speed that enhances all movement for a short period of time.
All the Specialists have their ups and downs, but during my playtime with Call Of Duty: Black Ops 3 I very much enjoyed Prophet and his ability to relocate. He has that ability to surprise enemies and I see where it could make other players frustrated. I think the game feels rather balanced now, but it is very early and there are still more Specialists to be announced.
Call Of Duty: Black Ops 3 is set to release for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. A PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 version is in development by Beenox and Mercenary Technology. It is expected to arrive on November 6th, 2015.