Nuketown was one of the most popular maps in Call of Duty: Black Ops’ back shooting filling multiplayer, and a favourite of fans. Now an IGN reader has spotted a poster at Irish game store Xtravision that indicates the beloved map is coming back, but not for everyone.
The redesigned map is called ‘Nuketown 2025′ and will be updated to fit with Black Ops 2′s more futuristic approach. It’s unclear if the Nuketown will be a special edition bonus (the sign does say ‘limited edition’) a pre-order bonus (it also says ‘driving pre-orders… and day 1′) or an retailer specific bonus. Either way it’s described as the ‘biggest incentive in Call of Duty history’, which while it will no doubt excite retailers, is just an additional annoyance for fans.
Maps are always a controversial choice when it comes to bonus incentives, as EA and DICE found out last year when gamers attempted to organise a boycott in the mistaken belief that Battlefield 3′s Back to Karkand would be day one DLC for pre-order customers. The fear is that it will unnecessarily split the community, although given that Black Ops sold 20 million map packs, Activision could probably split their community several times over and still have more players than almost every other FPS.
Bonus maps aside, the new Call of Duty actually looks like it’s trying some new and interesting things. Check out our Black Ops 2 preview for more.