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Black Ops 2 Nuketown 2025 map returns in playlist after brief hiatus


Pre-orderers of Black Ops 2 today logged into the game to find a new playlist: the ‘Chaos Moshpit’. Made up of “small maps with a variety of play modes”, the playlist is now the only place to play the Nuketown 2025 map for XP. It was hastily thrown together by developers Treyarch in response to fan uproar after Nuketown was briefly removed from rotation entirely. More on that below.

Nuketown 2025 was pulled from most of Black Ops 2’s multiplayer modes at the end of the weekend.

“Double XP weekend is official over,” tweeted David Vonderhaar. “That means Nuketown 2025 / 24-7 is as well. I know. RIGHT? Don’t kill the messenger.”

Messenger or no, he might have been more sensitive about it – Nuketown 2025 players received the game as a pre-order bonus, and many of them were none too happy to have it taken away.

After Vonderhaar’s Twitter account was inundated with messages to that effect, he added: “Nuketown 2025 / 24-7 will be back for special events. You can always play it with your friends in Custom Games.”

Vonderhaar continued to say that Nuketown would “eventually” be added to regular playlists. “We’re talking that over internally.”

However, Custom Games are something of an obscure corner of Black Ops 2’s multiplayer. Crucially, there’s no XP reward for playing them.

Treyarch finally relented six hours ago. “You killed the messenger, but I still fight for the users,” tweeted Vonderhaar. “RT to #bringbackNuketown2025 and we will add to a small maps moshpit.”

The Chaos Moshpit bonus playlist introduced this morning includes Carrier, Cargo, Express, Hijacked, Slums, Standoff and Nuketown 2025. The dedicated Nuketown 24/7 playlist remains offline, however.

The original Nuketown was one of Black Ops’ most popular maps. Are you glad to see its successor back in rotation?

Thanks, VG247.