Black Ops 2: Treyarch u-turns on Nuketown 2025 map removal

Tuesday, 20th November 2012 00:04 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Cal of Duty: Black Ops 2 pre-orders granted access to an exclusive Nuketown 2025 map, but just one week on from launch, it vanished from XP-generating multiplayer playlists. After an outcry from gamers the map has been re-added, along with a new chaos match type.

Update: Eurogamer reports that Nuketown 2025 has been re-added to the game as part of a new Chaos Moshpit playlist.

The playlist is for fast-paced battles on the maps Nuketown 2025, Carrier, Cargo, Express, Hijacked, Slums and Standoff, as confirmed by Treyarch’s David Vonderhaar who had been responding to criticism from fans who had pre-ordered the game to get the Nuketown 2025 map.

On Twitter, Vonderhaar said of the studio’s u-turn, “You killed the messenger, but I still fight for the users. RT to #bringbackNuketown2025 and we will add to a small maps moshpit.”

However, the dedicated Nuketown 2025 playlist has been removed from active service, despite being a 24/7 mode dedicated to that one map.

Original story: Treyarch’s David Vonderhaar confirmed the removal of the map on Twitter. Nuketown 2025 appeared in just one playlist, and its removal means there is now way for players to earn XP while using the pre-order incentive map, as it is only available in custom matches.

Vonderhaar said the map will return for future special events, and when asked whether it would be added to other playlists, said “probably” and “eventually”.

“We’re talking that over internally,” he said.

Nuketown 2025 is a remake of a popular map from the original Black Ops, exclusive to those who pre-ordered the game. Call of Duty Black Ops released for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on November 12, and accompanies the Wii U at launch.

Thanks, Polygon.



  1. LuLshuck

    What a fucking joke, it says on the description that it was on 7 days a week and shit, they should at least put it on every friday to monday are something

    #1 2 years ago
  2. freedoms_stain

    Why are there restrictions on the maps you can play in ranked matches at all?

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Ireland Michael


    #3 2 years ago
  4. mreko3230

    Because of work and school, I didn’t get to play a lot of Black Ops 2 or my Pre-Order bonus map, Nuketown. I played maybe 4 matches on it. This seems pretty low.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. zinc

    Any reason given? Its a odd move & guaranteed to displease players…

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Brenna Hillier

    @5 none. Vonderhaar just said “don’t shoot the messenger”.

    #6 2 years ago

    That’s a bit stupid.

    I didn’t even play it once…

    #7 2 years ago
  8. DrDamn

    They fractured the market too much by making it a pre-order bonus. Should have just given it free in early copies if they wanted to do that. Not worth splitting you customer based over a single map.

    #8 2 years ago

    There you go…

    It’s back:

    #9 2 years ago
  10. M. K.

    I didn’t get a code anyway. This whole nuketown story sucks…

    #10 2 years ago

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