Black Ops‘ Nuketown map is one of the Call of Duty multiplayer’s most polarizing online battlegrounds. While some lambasted it for tight quarters and inescapable killing corridors, others applauded its unique design and focus on keeping gameplay fast and furious.
With Black Ops 2 set to release later this year (next month, in fact) gamers will be treated to another riff on the Nuketown map, only set in the year 2025. However, Nuketown 2025 won’t be that specific year’s version of an idyllic suburban community, it will actually be the 1960’s version of what the future might look like.
To help better explain that idea, Activision and Treyarch have released the first screenshot for Nuketown 2025. It’s nothing too flashy, and doesn’t give a decent look at the map’s layout, but it does stress that Nuketown 2025’s design is very much in the same vein as its predecessor.
Check out the image below:
Gamers interested in seeing how Nuketown 2025 stacks up to Black Ops 2‘s other multiplayer maps need only pre-order the game for DLC access. Any console owner can unlock the map on day one simply by pre-ordering the game. There’s no Xbox 360 exclusivity for this map, although the same probably can’t be said for future DLC.
Beyond the promise of a fan-favorite map re-imagined for a new generation, Black Ops 2‘s multiplayer should deliver a substantial upgrade to that best-selling formula. The first trailer for the game’s multiplayer suggested a mix of futuristic tech and landscapes, and a whole slew of modes to keep the experience going.
In other Call of Duty news it has been revealed that the Modern Warfare 2 map Favela has been pulled from that game’s multiplayer experience after an outpouring of complaints began flooding Activision’s inbox. Those gamers’ specific complaints were in regards to the placement of an Islamic painting in a bathroom.
At the moment, Activision is working on a quick edit of the map, and will place it back online as soon as the offensive material is corrected. We’re actually surprised that the detail wasn’t noticed sooner — the game has been available for several years now.
What do you think of this first look at Nuketown 2025? What other previous Treyarch-developed maps would you like to see pop up as DLC?
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 releases November 13, 2012 for the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360; and November 18th for the Wii U.