The Prestige System is new way to continue leveling and earn additional rewards in Blacklight: Retribution.
From HSL's description of the Prestige System http://www.hardsuitlabs.com/2016/01/blacklight-february-update/
Brand new with this update is an improved leveling model for Blacklight. We have increased the level cap to 100 instead of 69 [Ed. “Giggity”] and introduced a cyclical prestige system. Once you hit level 100 you will have the option of receiving 1 rank of prestige, which will then start you at level 1 of your next rank of prestige. For every 100 levels you earn, you can exchange them for 1 level of prestige.
We have also reduced the time it takes to reach maximum level. Over the long term the progression scale is much longer than it used to be. The amount of XP to reach our new max level of 100 is much shorter than the amount of XP required to hit the previous cap of 69. At this time we have not implemented any cap on the prestige levels.
In the image above, the large 15 is the level and the smaller number in the black box is the prestige. In that example SpragUI has leveled prestige 23 times (working on his 24th); so that’s effectively level 100 done 23 times. Additionally, as you prestige more, the background to your levels will update.
Why do this?
We want those who have been playing and grinding for a long time to be able to show off the amount of XP they’ve earned and be proud of the amount of time they have spent playing Blacklight. At the same time, the future will bring more rewards to players based on their level and prestige progression. Implementing this system meets the needs for this and builds the foundation from which to do more!
Be sure to visit the Prestige Tab in the Social menu to find your Prestige.
Prestige Rewards Edit
|Item||Prestige Level Awarded|
|Prestige Trophy||1 - 5|
|Prestige Allied LZ Viper||10|
|Prestige Overmatch Anaconda KX7||15|
|Prestige Frag Grenade Mk.1||20|
|Prestige Combat Knife Mk.1||25|
|Prestige Overmatch ArmetX||30|
The following information is complete speculation with no source to provide credibility.
Prestige 100 Edit
It is believed that once a player reaches prestige 100 (not level 100), the account will be reset back to level 1 with no prestige. To commemorate having reached prestige 100, a star will be placed by the player's name for having attained it 100 times. (You'll simply have a normal prestige but no prestige levels gained).