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After suddenly pulling a popular pre-order multiplayer map from Black Ops II online play yesterday, Activision added it back to a new playlist called Chaos Moshpit. Game design director David Vonderhaar from dev studio Treyarch—who delivered the bad news—made it seem possible that the map could come back in a tweet late yesterday:
That was followed by a notice from Treyarch which indicates that all that fuming from the COD faithful didn't fall upon uncaring ears:
It's not the same as having Nuketown 2025 in a normal playlist, as many have asked for, but at least it's back.
Earlier this month, Activision announced that it would let people who pre-ordered the publisher's latest FPS mega-hit play on a re-imagined version of the popular Nuketown multiplayer map. That part of the promotion turned out to be true. But that access to the special battleground appears to have been suddenly revoked. The sudden bad news was confirmed via tweet from Treyarch game design director David Vonderhaar:
The expectation was that players would be able to play on Nuketown 2025 whenever they wanted. As you'd expect, fans are up in arms over the fact that the map has gone AWOL. Kotaku has reached out to Activision for comments and will update this post if they respond.
Hurricane Sandy-related power outages are to blame for a variety of tech issues today. Gaming has not been spared the weather's wrath, and Activision has announced that online play for select Call of Duty and Guitar Hero titles will be problematic while data centers attempt to restore power.
Players will have "some trouble connecting" to all versions of Call of Duty: World at War and all online-enabled versions of Guitar Hero. In addition, the PS3 version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, and the PS3, PC, and Wii versions of Call of Duty: Black Ops are also experiencing service outages.
Activision's One of Swords advises that the company is "working on restoring full functionality as soon as possible," but notes that they do not know precisely when that will be.