Black Ops 2 Nuketown 2025 Map Relegated To Special Events Only: Treyarch Givith and Taketh Away

Black Ops 2 Nuketown 2025 Map Relegated To Special Events Only

Is It Right For Treyarch To Givith and Taketh Away?

by Arthur Kotsopoulos

©2012 Arthur Kotsopoulos

Want another reason to despise the Call of Duty franchise? Well you just found it.

Is it fair to entice people to pre-order a game with an extra DLC multiplayer level and then to take it away?

This is a precedent that worries me, and so feel it should be discussed among gamers.  Here’s a closer look at the issue.

David Vondehaar, Game Design Director over at Treyarch, confirmed via his Twitter that following the end of the Double XP Weekend ‘Nuketown 2025’ had also ended.

The map that was updated and brought back by popular demand and available to those who pre-ordered Black Ops II, removed, just like that.

David later confirmed:

Despite Black Ops II being the latest installment in the Call of Duty franchise, Nuketown 2025 was a major selling incentive for customers who pre-ordered.

I enjoyed my time with Nuketown in Black Ops and whilst Nuketown 2025 wasn’t the reason I purchased Black Ops II, it was nice to see a little extra incentive for someone such as myself who forked out that little bit extra to purchase the higher quality edition of the game.

Personally I was riddled sick over the course of the weekend and didn’t have a chance to even get some game time with Black Ops II let alone Nuketown 2025, so to wake up to hear this news is concerning.

Why advertise one of the more popular maps from Black Ops returning in Black Ops II, offer it as a pre-order bonus, only to later have it pulled from regular matchmaking and map rotation?

Relegating it to custom playlists where I can only play with my friends? Most of my gaming hours are spent battling randoms over Xbox Live.

I, as much as the next person, enjoy teaming up with those on my friends lists but when everyone is busy most and available at various hours, relegating the most popular map to Custom playlists is just a kick in the nuts.

There are talks of Nuketown 2025 being included in regular matchmaking in the future:

However I feel the damage has already been done and bridges have been slightly burnt.  (ED: Not that sales of the COD franchise will be affected).

When that future where we get our content back to use as we please will be, who knows, but for now have fun enjoying Nuketown 2025 with just your friends- that is if you have enough of them available online at the same time.

The one thing that I hope doesn’t eventuate from all this is if Treyarch/Activision pull a fast one on us and somehow include this in a future DLC map pack and charge customers for it.

It also sets a bad precedent for the future with DLC content availability being at the whim of the developer or publisher.

Are you annoyed by the Treyarch decision to relegate Nuketown 2025 to Custom playlists only? Discuss.

Update (same day!):  So backlash power (or perhaps strange strategic marketing?) has seen Treyarch back down and re-issue the content.  

Here’s what they said via Twitter:


David VonderhaarVerified‏@DavidVonderhaar:

You killed the messenger, but I still fight for the users. RT to #bringbackNuketown2025 and we will add to a small maps moshpit.


©2012 Arthur Kotsopoulos

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Arthur Kotsopoulos, Editor in Chief

Owner/Editor in Chief of Twitch Streamer: Liftyourgame. Follow me on Twitter @grathiusxr 'Cause, remember: no matter where you go... there you are.

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