One of Call of Duty‘s most iconic maps is coming back, but not in the form that gamers might be expecting. No, we’re not talking about confirmation that Terminal is finally coming to Modern Warfare 3‘s multiplayer, but actually Nuketown, the small scale town recreated for Call of Duty: Black Ops.
A piece of pre-order marketing for Treyarch‘s next Call of Duty entry, Black Ops 2, outrights labels Nuketown as being one of the pre-order bonuses for the game, although no specific retailers are mentioned. But, the real catch is that this map will not be a re-skinned version of Nuketown, but one re-imagined for 2025.
The details come by way of an Irish retailer, who provide a vague image hyping Nuketown 2025, but beyond that there is no look at the futuristic vision for Nuketown or how gamers would be able to procure it. Given that Microsoft has already secured first dibs on DLC for Black Ops 2, a similar deal that Activision has worked out with them in the past, it would make sense that Nuketown 2025 would be available for Xbox 360 gamers on day one.
Another interesting thing to note about this Nuketown 2025 reveal, beyond just the return of a fan favorite map, is its indication as to where the multiplayer for Black Ops 2 might be headed. Multiplayer, the real bread and butter of the Call of Duty franchise, has always received the most attention when it comes to COD reveals, and we expect Black Ops 2 to be no different.
If Nuketown 2025 is but one of the maps featured in the game’s multiplayer that suggests the mode is primarily set in the game’s futuristic setting. The first trailer for the game also showed sequences taking place in the past, but apparently the multiplayer will be making one of its biggest leaps in quite some time. How will elements like the quadrotor or the controllable mechs factor into an experience that is already considered by many to be unbalanced?
Fans can expect more details about Nuketown 2025, and the whole of Black Ops 2‘s multiplayer in the coming months.
Black Ops 2 releases November 13, 2012 for the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC.