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Treyarch Remove Nuketown 2025 Playlist From Black Ops 2

Pre-order bonus lasted less than a week.

Nuketown 2025, the hugely hyped multiplayer level that formed much of Black Ops 2’s pre-launch pre-order campaign, will see its playlist removed.

Treyarch had a 24/7 server running the map continuously, and it was by all accounts rather popular with fans of the game, which was released last week. The studio’s David Vonderhaar has stated this evening that the playlist will be ending, though. And soon.

“Double XP weekend is official over,” he said. “That means Nuketown 2025 / 24-7 is as well.” It doesn’t sound like it was his decision, though. “I know. RIGHT? Don’t kill the messenger,” he added. He also said that the 24/7 playlist will be back for “special events,” though.

Gutted? Well, according to Vonderhaar “you can always play it with your friends in Custom Games” although obviously you won’t get any XP for doing so.

Loyal pre-order customers are rightly disgruntled by this, especially after such a short run – a matter of days. Quite why they couldn’t feed Nuketown into normal rotation for those with the map is anyone’s guess.

Update: Apparently, they’ve bent to pressure and added a small maps rotation called “Chaos Moshpit” which contains the Nuketown map. Vonderhaar has tweeted “You killed the messenger, but I still fight for the users. RT to #bringbackNuketown2025 and we will add to a small maps moshpit,”

The full map rotation for the new playlist is Carrier, Cargo, Express, Hijacked, Slums, Standoff, and Nuketown 2025.

35 Comments
  1. McProley
    Member
    Since: Aug 2011

    Got the map with the pre-order but haven’t played it at all. I’d much rather play the new maps rather than recycled old maps. I was never too keen on Nuketown anyway. I prefer bigger more interesting maps

    Comment posted on 19/11/2012 at 21:13.
  2. An-dz
    Member
    Since: Oct 2010

    If i had pre-orderd this i would be very rightly angry with them. Getting a Private game whenever you want to play the map would be really difficult.

    Comment posted on 19/11/2012 at 21:13.
  3. cc_star
    Team TSA: Writer
    Since: Forever

    Having it only accessible via custom games which don’t earn XP or progression when it was such a cornerstone of BlOps2 promotion is poor form.

    Didn’t notice that caveat in the small print over the past 6 months or so, you know with the *t&c apply barely readable.

    Because there’s no XP it means getting randoms to join is very difficult, especially with previous CoDs being hacked, this means it’s pretty much friends only, which we all know is great fun, but it is pretty hard to sychronise times when everyone can play.

    They’ve really marginalised a key reason for jumping-in early.

    Comment posted on 19/11/2012 at 21:24.
    • Bilbo_bobbins
      Member
      Since: Jun 2009

      This is seriously poor form. You can’t advertise a free map when pre ordering and then taking it away a week after release, surely?

      That is false advertising, as you can’t play it online. I will be writing to watchdog again over this, thats two games within weeks.

      Comment posted on 20/11/2012 at 09:15.
  4. ricey787
    Member
    Since: Dec 2008

    Gutted about this. Really enjoying the game so far and this was one of my favourite maps I’ve played to date. Thanks Activision… I’ll think twice before bothering to pre order next time!

    Comment posted on 19/11/2012 at 21:29.
  5. colmshan1990
    Member
    Since: Apr 2009

    Does this mean it just goes into rotation with all the other maps?

    If so, doesn’t seem that big a deal to me. Can’t see why anyone would want to play the same map over and over anyway.

    If they’re full-on removing it from the game (apart from custom), that’s a strange move though, especially after all the hype.

    Comment posted on 19/11/2012 at 21:29.
    • cc_star
      Team TSA: Writer
      Since: Forever

      No, it’s been taking out of rotation.

      no one would play it over & over if it was in rotation

      Yes, it’s only custom

      Comment posted on 19/11/2012 at 21:41.
      • colmshan1990
        Member
        Since: Apr 2009

        Ugh, that’s a bit manky then.

        I read it as there was a Nuketown Playlist with nothing but Nuketown (can you guess who doesn’t have enough money or time to play BlOps2 himself?) on 24/7.

        I just noticed the bottom line under the video now as well- certainly would have cleared up my confusion if I’d read that earlier. Agree totally with it- why not just stick it in with the other maps?

        Comment posted on 19/11/2012 at 21:56.
  6. Blair Inglis
    hisnameisblair
    Since: May 2009

    That’s really annoying. I’m assuming they won’t put it in rotation, too, because that would alienate some players.

    Comment posted on 19/11/2012 at 21:36.
  7. Youles
    Member
    Since: Feb 2011

    So your bonus reward for pre-ordering is only available when they allow, nice job fuck-wits.

    Comment posted on 19/11/2012 at 22:01.
  8. fattyuk
    Member
    Since: Apr 2010

    Absolute joke lol I’ll defend any cod hating publisher developer bashing comments about any game I like.

    but this has actually annoyed me lol 6 days? and it’s gone!! no warning no notices nothing!

    not even in rotation on normal game play!

    seriously wtf!!

    I’m more annoyed as I spent all weekend playing this map, spent all day at work looking forward to playing it, even spent my lunch and break times changing my weapons on the elite app….got home watched the walking dead… cracked on blops and nothing….straight to teh internetz!

    Comment posted on 19/11/2012 at 22:27.
    • KeRaSh
      Member
      Since: Nov 2009

      They should have called it “Nuketown 24/6″. >_>

      Comment posted on 20/11/2012 at 07:09.
  9. HoboCastro
    Member
    Since: Mar 2010

    Rubbish map anyway. Not bothered in the slightest.

    Comment posted on 19/11/2012 at 22:30.
    • fattyuk
      Member
      Since: Apr 2010

      Cool story bro, I don’t like rugby but don’t need to post on rugby related posts on sporting websites.

      Comment posted on 19/11/2012 at 22:35.
      • david24
        Member
        Since: Feb 2011

        do you mind if you don’t say “cool story bro” in the future, i find it more annoying then “meh”, “FIRST!!!!” or “OMG FML ROFL”

        one of the reasons i (and hopefully others) love tsa is the generally above average (for the internet) level of English. i know its a very small petty thing but i greatly appreciate it

        and yes, i know that post made me sound like a knob :)

        Comment posted on 19/11/2012 at 23:40.
      • HoboCastro
        Member
        Since: Mar 2010

        Dude! I like Call of Duty but hate the map, it’s up there with Derail from MW2 to me. Opinion matters, your wise-cracks don’t and are a waste of energy.

        Comment posted on 20/11/2012 at 00:20.
      • The Lone Steven
        Never heard of him.
        Since: May 2010

        But Hobo likes COD. So we have to like everything about it or not bother commenting at all? And here i thought TSA welcomed all opinions. Silly me.

        Comment posted on 20/11/2012 at 08:09.
    • Sympozium
      Member
      Since: Aug 2009

      Its a opinion why should it not be shared?

      Comment posted on 20/11/2012 at 01:11.
  10. david24
    Member
    Since: Feb 2011

    considering in the nuketown playlist description it said it was “Nuketown 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year” as well as vonderhaar’s comment this seems like it wasn’t a premeditated decision.

    fortunately this doesn’t affect me since i didn’t pre-order but it seems like a very poor decision and people should quite rightly be annoyed about it since it was never made clear that this was going to be the case.

    Comment posted on 19/11/2012 at 23:28.

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