Let’s face it; Activision kind of dropped the ball with Nuketown 2025, Black Ops 2‘s homage to Treyarch‘s original, fan-favorite map. At first, when the map was simply a pre-order bonus, fans were excited to see how the developer had evolved the design of that first multiplayer map, while still keeping true to its chaotic spirit.

However, when it was later revealed that Nuketown was only being featured as part of a Double XP weekend, and could only then be accessed through custom games, fans were upset. Granted, they have since worked out a solution, but nevertheless the excitement of Nuketown was partially lost.

Now, however, that enthusiasm can grow once again as Activision has announced a Zombies variant of Nuketown 2025 for use in the game’s highly addictive cooperative mode. This isn’t just Nuketown 2025 with Zombies either, this is a radically (maybe) redesigned map meant to cater to that environment. Check out the trailer featuring the map above.

The Nuketown 2025 Zombies map essentially tells the story of what happens after the eponymous nuke goes off. Players in HAZMAT suits head into the rubble and discover that the nuclear blast has not just distorted the landscape, but the people as well. I like to think that the zombies players will be killing are the reanimated corpses of the hundreds of gamers that have died on the Nuketown 2025 battlefield in Black Ops 2.

Black Ops 2 Nuketown Zombies Trailer

The Nuketown Zombies map is available today, but only for Season Pass holders on the Xbox 360. As of right now Activision does not have a release date for either the PC or PS3, or an announcement about purchasing the map individually, which is unfortunate because the Zombies variant could use a little variety.

Sure, its Tranzit and Grief modes are welcomed additions to the Zombies formula, but the make-up of the maps doesn’t foster as much exploration as in past games — meaning they get old faster. So the sooner Nuketown becomes available for everyone the better, as it will keep the Zombies experience evolving.

What do you think of the Zombies Nuketown 2025 map? Would you purchase the Season Pass just to have access to this map?