When a Modern Warfare 2 player reaches the highest level, he's given the ability to lower himself to the lowest level and earn a star indicating his superiority in the game. This feature is called Prestige Mode, and is mainly in the game to show others exactly how committed the player is to Modern Warfare, as well as proving how much time has been put into the game. In Medal of Honor, a similar aspect exists, solely to give friends and foes a visual indicator that the person they're in a game with is really experienced: beards. That's right, beards.
Just as is the case with just about every other first-person shooter on the market, the multiplayer of Medal of Honor will feature a ranking systems, allowing players the ability to level up in order to unlock new weapons and abilities. Each class can be leveled individually, giving players even more reasons to experiment with different gear. However, the game's multiplayer also deals with the idea that the army is made up of two components: the sledgehammer (or Army Ranger) and the scalpel (the Tier-1 Operator). In play, it means players start off as a Ranger, and eventually level to become Tier-1. Beyond giving the player whatever it would normally unlock, it also sprouts a beard from the player's once-bare face, signifying the transformation.
Confused? Don't be. In the story, Tier-1 need to infiltrate Afghanistan and fit in among the population, something growing a beard obviously helps. It also represents the fact that Tier-1 doesn't need to abide by the same rules the Army Rangers do, which is, obviously, maintaining a certain physical appearance. They're the top level, and they can do whatever they want. In the multiplayer of Medal of Honor, that means growing a beard. Awesome.
We've been told that the opposition will have a similar physical change, though, at this point, they aren't divulging what it might be. We, honestly, are completely blank on this, though we'll be sure to ask when we meet with the developers at this week's E3.