“Pre-Order Call of DUty: Black Ops 2 and get exclusive access to the Nuketown 2025 map!”
Yeah, but what they conveniently forgot to mention was that the map was available LAUNCH WEEKEND ONLY. Yeah. Go log into BLOPS 2 now and try to find Nuketown. Oh that’s right, you can’t, because Activision PULLED IT.
From the Examiner:
A remake of the popular Nuketown map from the original Black Ops was offered as a pre-order bonus for Call of Duty: Black Ops II on the Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. The map didn’t even last a week in the multiplayer rotation though as Treyarch pulled it Monday. “Double XP weekend is official over,” game director David Vonderhaar wrote on Twitter. “That means Nuketown 2025 / 24-7 is as well. I know. RIGHT? Don’t kill the messenger.”
This means that the only way to play the Nuketown 2025 map now is in custom games until Treyarch decides to bring it back. Will they bring it back though and is so, when?
“Nuketown 2025 / 24-7 will be back for special events,” Vonderhaar continued.
When asked if the map will ever show up in the regular playlists, Vonderhaar said, “Yeah. Probably eventually. We are talking that over internally.”
Taking Nuketown 2025 out of the playlist rotation less than a week after Black Ops II has understandably upset a large number of players already. It’s certainly a strange move and one that will be remembered as one of the great pre-order negative experiences.
I think this is the dictionary definition of the sin of omission.
a winner is not me
Since I was unable to secure a copy of Black Ops 2 early, I bit the bullet (ed.note: haw haw) and did the two things I didn’t want to do: order from Amazon & PAY to have it delivered on its release date. Why would I do these things?
Let me put it to you this way: you’ve seen the movie Snatch, right? The part where Turkish is at Bricktop’s pig farm and the Chev Chelios voice over kicks in, about how you don’t want to be in Bricktop’s pocket? Well that’s exactly where I am, except in this scenario Activision is Bricktop, I’m a more handsome & jacked version of Jason Statham and instead of being fed to pigs, I’m afraid of missing out on “exclusive” DLC, namely the Nuketown 2025 map. The deal is, if you didn’t pre-order BLOPS 2 you don’t get the special map and you don’t get to take part in Double XP weekend. But I’m not even going to be around my PS3 next weekend and chances are that the Nuketown 2025 map would be available for a pittance shortly anyway.
So knowing that (plus the ULTRA-insult of being a Prime member yet having to pay for shipping anyway), I still went ahead and put the pre-order in. But in reality, this was just a hedge. I pass two local video game stores on my way home from work; I’ve got calls into both places to hold the game for me. If it turns out that the Nuketown/Double XP code is in the box regardless of when/where you ordered it (reminiscent of the Rage “pre-order” and get the special edition scam…that iD sold everyone, regardless of pre-order), I can simply return the game I ordered tonight to Amazon. I image that I’ll be able to pick up a “Hardened” edition tomorrow at my corner spot & everyone will be happy…except Amazon, who get’s nothing, but my shipping & handling. And what’s an extra $3.50 to quiet the rampant crazies for a few days, huh?