Nuketown 2025 Map Mysteriously Pulled From 'Black Ops II' Playlists

The preorder map, which was hyped in trailers like the one above as well as most of the advanced marketing for the shooter has been pulled from most of the game's playlists. Game director David Vonderhaar announced the move via Twitter today after the conclusion of the game's double XP weekend, saying "That means Nuketown 2025 / 24-7 is as well. I know. RIGHT? Don't kill the messenger."

Vonderhaar continued that the map would return for special events and reminded gamers that it would be available in custom games. Vonderhaar later told a follower that the maps could make a permanent return, but that Treyarch was discussing this internally.

Why would Activision and Treyarch pull such a heavily-promoted map when there was no prior communication that it would have some kind of limited use? I'm not sure if there's a precedent for a map being available as a limited-time deal, particularly during the first full weekend of release. Poring over earlier press releases and previous trailers, I can't find anything indicating that Nuketown 2025 was a timed deal, making this whole thing feel extra sketchy.

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