Activision Takes Nuketown 2025 Out of Black Ops 2 Multiplayer Rotation

One of the more popular multiplayer maps released for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, known as Nuketown 2025, is no longer part of the standard online multiplayer rotation, and the playlist dedicated solely to that map has been removed as well.

According to a tweet from developer Treyarch’s game design director, David Vonderhaar, Nuketown 2025 has been removed from the multiplayer line-up through matchmaking when players go online. That means that when you fire up a multiplayer match with other players that’s not a custom game, Nuketown 2025 won’t be available to play.

Of course, this has some players annoyed, if outlets such as Twitter are any indication. Nuketown 2025 was a pre-order bonus reward for many players, so not everyone has access to the map; even still, the small, tight re-imagining of one of the better maps from the original Call of Duty: Black Ops was a fan favorite.

We’ve reached out to Activision for a reason for the change, but have yet to receive a response (we’ll update here when we do). Vonderhaar stated that the map would be available again during special events, like the Double XP Launch Weekend that just wrapped up. As to the reason for the switch, I can only speculate that it might have something to do with the push into e-sports Activision and Treyarch are attempting with Black Ops 2, although that still doesn’t explain why Nuketown 2025 might have been removed from the rotation.

What do you guys think? Is the loss of Nuketown 2025 a major blow, or not so much? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Via Gameranx.

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22 Comments on Activision Takes Nuketown 2025 Out of Black Ops 2 Multiplayer Rotation


On November 19, 2012 at 3:26 pm

OK. anyone who pre-ordered Black ops 2 under the premise that nuketown dlc would be available in multiplayer gameplay, and who wishes to join me in a class action lawsuit against treyarch/activision for beach of contract, and misrespresentation; please contact me at:
I will begin to gather a list of petitioners. please only include you first name, your gamertag, and your platform i.e. ps3 or x box.

Foolish Consumer

On November 19, 2012 at 3:32 pm

This is ridiculous. Treyarch decieved millions of people who pre-ordered by not explaining the “promotional” nature of the Nuketown 2025 map from the beginning. That map, well known as a fan favorite, was a MAJOR selling point for ordering early. Treyarch knew this, which is why ANY advertising for the game was plastered with Nuketown mentions. A few more simple words to be more specific about its temporary availability in public lobbies wouldn’t have been out of the question, and Treyarch was PURPOSELY AMBIGUOUS, to get every bit of pre-order money they could. I’ve pre-ordered every call of duty game available, I’ll never spend another penny on the franchise again. I’m returning the copy of BO II i bought. This is just an insultingly transparent play on circumstance to justify intentionally misleading consumers to boost financial gain.


On November 19, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Seriously ripped off same as if they came into my house and stole the map right off my hard drive after specifically pre-ordering the game just to get nuketown. Sleazy doesn’t even begin to describe this very low move.


On November 19, 2012 at 5:23 pm



On November 19, 2012 at 5:54 pm

Perhaps it has something to do with what you were saying, like maybe to encourage e-sports and not just “playing for fun” I guess, treyarch wants players to familiarize themselves with the other maps tactically


On November 19, 2012 at 6:38 pm

So i pay Extra money cuz they didn’t have Standart edition to get the Nuketown 2025 map, after 5 days of playing the game on my PC (cuz i didn’t have the money on Launch date) the Map goes out from the play list?
So it’s like a pay to watch a movie but the only thing i see is a trailer and then boom movie over… I really want a Re-fund on that Call of Duty Black Ops 2.
There are ppl with Retail disk’s that have a problem (Instead of a Black Ops 2 disk they have gotten a Mass Effect 3 or was it 2), but now the Best map is gone? Nice … Just freaking nice … Now we go and play 4 vs 4 on a Huge a$s map ….


On November 19, 2012 at 7:26 pm



On November 19, 2012 at 8:35 pm


Adam Anderson

On November 19, 2012 at 8:39 pm

I saved up for 2 and 1/2 months for nuketown, to only have it taken off… i have had to study for exams all week, so i have only played on it for a little while… what happened to “we NEVER close!?!?!”


On November 19, 2012 at 10:01 pm

Very, very disappointing they pulled nuketown 2025. I don’t understand the logic behind it. They spent the time and energy to write it, the critical mass behind promoting it for pre order and never alluded to it being a “special event” only experience. I purchased the care package special edition for my son, the hardened edition for my nephew and now have to explain that their months of excitement and marking days off the calendar until release is over in 5 days (4 total whopping playing hours for these kids). Also have to question myself for spending all that money just to feel duped by Treyarch and Activision. Bad business to leave such a sour taste in the mouths of so many loyal fans. Mario and Luigi never let us down.

chris osborn

On November 19, 2012 at 10:57 pm

untill the map is put back into the 24/7 playlist im no longer playing the game will done guys you shore know how to ruin a good game


On November 20, 2012 at 2:37 am

Think its stupid i preordered my game months ago just 4 nuketown bt now its gone blackops 2 is a big let down played cod years n this is the worst yet very disapointed

risvaldo camacho

On November 20, 2012 at 4:08 am

without nuketown 2025 call of duty black ops is not the same, the best map ever has been removed and its stupid because i pre-order the game to have it. please bring nuketown back !!!

Treyarch is the New BioWare

On November 20, 2012 at 4:18 am

Seriously, how long are people going to put up with this type of bait and switch? We still have die-hard, blinkered defenders of BioWare and EA after all the crap they’ve pulled this year, and we’ll probably have idiots coming on here defending this move as well and calling gamers ‘entitled’ for being angry at spending more on a pre-order product to receive a map that was removed days after release. It’s got to stop. I beg for the day that the majority of gamers are not lazy-minded spivs for the gaming corporatocracy and actually held some of these liars to account.


On November 20, 2012 at 7:01 am

playing Devils Advocate here, you did pay for a map that is for multiplayer. If they take it off, but still offer it at times, do they still meet the requirement of providing the map? I did not get BLOPS2, figured it to be more the same, and choose to not feed the beast, hoping they will go back to just 2 years between games, or even 3, so they can really get crap worked out.

Does it suck if you preordered….yes
But did they say you would have it in heavy rotation and always have access to it…????

Until they make it an additional map for everyone to have access to it, I don’t see it in the map rotation


On November 20, 2012 at 3:16 pm

I think its horrible it was awesome to not have to wait around for it to come up. PUT IT BACK


On November 21, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Nuketown 2025 was my sole purpose for pre-ordering. I am a huge fan of Black Ops but not so much of MW. This game feels more like MW so it was a welcome relief to have a familiar yet updated map. This is a big deal to me and I’m sure a lot of other people. If its not going to always be readily and easily available, then I want a percentage of my money back. I’ll even give back the stupid poster.


On November 28, 2012 at 7:23 pm

I preordered this game SOLELY for this map; so im pretty pissed off about it.
in fact i havent played the game since it disapeared.

I probably wouldnt have even bought the game without it.
I Feel as ive been ripped off, and I cant return the game because of
more and more laws protecting criminals like activision.

Im starting to see why people download these games free.

Kenny j

On January 4, 2013 at 10:01 pm

We have all been robbed ,give you something then take it away ,my boy said is this normal practice for a large company such as this and he is only 11 to which I replied adults can be cruel also had to explain later but you know what I mean ka Ching


On February 9, 2013 at 8:20 pm

Serves all you sheep right pre ordering a game make it a record breaking game before release date and you all get treated like mugs oh well you will all flock in ur millions to buy the next cod that’s a fact


On February 14, 2013 at 3:38 am

hi i have the revolution pack but i carnt seem to play nuketown on anything custom or on public match,,, i have played it on zombies but carnt on multiplayer can any1 help ?


On August 11, 2014 at 7:31 pm

Shouldn’t be removed, f ‘in treyarch!!! damn you