[Update] Report – Nuketown 2025 Removed From Black Ops 2 Public Playlists

Update 2

Treyarch has added the “Chaos Moshpit” bonus playlist, exclusive to owners of Nuketown 2025: “Small maps with a variety of game modes. Pure Chaos. Includes Nuketown 2025!” So far, the maps we’ve run into in this playlist are:

    • Slums
    • Hijacked
    • Standoff
    • Express
    • Cargo
    • Nuketown
    • Carrier

PC users can expect the update sometime Tuesday, November 20.

Update 1

Treyarch Game Design Director recently revealed that, due to the reaction of Nuketown 2025’s removal, the map will be included in a “small maps moshpit” public playlist so that users will have access to it without completely fragmenting the matchmaking.

He said, “You killed the messenger, but I still fight for the users. RT to #bringbackNuketown2025 and we will add to a small maps moshpit.” He also mentioned, however, that adding it into regular playlists would be impossible, for it would “fragment matchmaking really poorly at this stage.” Though, “It will be back as a single map playlist for Double XP weekends or other events. It’s how we’ve always done it.”

Original Story

With Call of Duty: Black Ops 2’s first double XP weekend having come to a close, fans are saddened to learn that the Nuketown 2025 24/7 playlist went along with it and with no explanation.

Those who purchased first-print copes of Black Ops 2 (which was almost everyone considering the amount of copies Activision sold in the first 24 hours) were given codes to download Nuketown 2025, a re-imagining of the classic Black Ops multiplayer map. Along with it came a 24/7 playlist featuring a mix of game modes solely on Nuketown 2025.

Beginning last Friday, November 16, Black Ops 2’s first double XP was initiated for those who had access to the map. Today marked the end of that double XP weekend, and unexpectedly, it also meant the end for the popular Nuketown 2025 playlist.

Treyarch Game Design Director recently Tweeted, “Double XP weekend is officialy over. That means Nuketown 2025 / 24-7 is as well. I know. RIGHT? Don’t kill the messenger.” He added, “Nuketown 2025 / 24-7 will be back for special events. You can always play it with your friends in Custom Games.”

Many are viewing the map’s removal as false advertising. First, Nuketown 2025 was originally promised as a pre-order bonus (for first-print copy owners, in reality). With the removal of the playlist, Nuketown 2025 can now only be played in private matches, as it does not show up in the regular rotation of public matches. Second, the description of the playlist read, “All Nuketown 2025, all the time. 24 hours a day. 7 days a week. We never close.”

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Thanks to everyone for all the email and Tweets.

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