As GamerTell previously reported, popular Call of Duty: Black Ops map Nuketown returned in the sequel. The tiny map representing a pre-nuclear holocaust 1960s suburb was one of the favorites from the Cold War-themed shooter.
Nuketown 2025 was a pre-order bonus through retailers including GameStop and Amazon and part of the Collector’s Edition. The week after Black Ops II’s release, developer Treyarch celebrated with a weekend of double XP and the “Nuketown 24/7″ playlist popularized in the first Black Ops.
The mode disappeared on Monday (November 19, 2012), leaving players to wonder exactly what happened.
Treyarch explained it never said Nuketown 2025 would be part of the permanent map rotation. The DLC was free, but only available for “special events.” Since the map was a pre-order bonus, it factored into countless players’ decisions on where to buy the game. Silly customers, they thought they were purchasing an item they would get to use all the time.
There was, of course, a huge outcry about this. Treyarch has released a new playlist called Chaos Moshpit. It contains Nuketown along with several other small maps including Carrier, Cargo, Express, Hijacked, Slums, and Standoff. Treyarch Game Design Director David Vonderhaar said this playlist is still not promised to be permanent, but should be up “for a while.”
Look, we know DLC is the way of the world now. We’ve also accepted that if we play shooters, we’ll get charged for additional maps. But, players felt cheated in this situation. When you buy in-game content as a pre-order bonus, it’s perfectly logical to expect you will get to use it when you want to.