"The fan favorite returns, reimagined in a vision of the future!"
— Map description
Nuketown 2025 is a downloadable map released for Call of Duty: Black Ops II. It was available for free on November 13th to anyone who pre-ordered the game, purchased a launch copy, or purchased the Hardened edition or the "Care Package" limited special edition of the game. The map is a remake of Nuketown, a fan favorite map, which first appeared in Call of Duty: Black Ops. While the original Nuketown went for more of a traditional 1950s vibe, the new map is now in a 1960s retro-futuristic Mid-Century modern style meant to represent the "Home of the Future" for 2025.
As of November 19th, 2012, the Nuketown 2025 / 24/7 playlist was removed and replaced with a playlist titled Chaos Moshpit. It includes all close quarters maps with a variety of game modes. The Nuketown 24/7 playlist makes a return to the game whenever a Double XP weekend occurs. However, as of Update 1.09 released on April 12th, 2013, Nuketown 2025 has been in regular rotation and Chaos Moshpit has been removed.
As of recent, the map can be downloaded from PlayStation Network, Xbox Live, and Steam at no cost.
Shooting the heads off of all the mannequins within two minutes of the beginning of the match will cause the screen board to display the Activision logo in retro style. The player will then be able to approach it and play the classic Atari games Pitfall!, H.E.R.O., Kaboom!, and River Raid. The hands that the player gets to control the joystick with are based off the first person model for the game Doom.
If the player looks directly at the sun, the glare it gives off looks like a representative model of an atom.
Nuketown 2025 is a "Home of the Future" type of map, while Nuketown is a nuclear testing zone.
There is a small double rainbow in the second floor of the orange house.
There is a model of the "Welcome to Nuketown" sign from the original Nuketown on the shelves upstairs in Mason's house.
The clocks in the houses tell the exact time of the time zone the player is in.
Oddly, if the player ends the round (usually versing bots) during the start up while the screen is gray, the ending with the nuke exploding will also be grayed too.
There is a game of deck shuffleboard laid out by SEALs' spawn. The biscuits have unique physics, sliding along the board.
Under the Nuketown 2025 sign outside the map, there is a meter that will act as a countdown of the amount of radiation in the area. When the game starts, the count will begin at 0. When the maps timer runs out, it will be at 250. During the map outro, it will be in the red zone of the meter. This is similar to the Doomsday clock seen outside the map in the original Nuketown
On the second floor of the house across from the orange house, there is a monitor which displays images from various locations around the map. Some of the images will contain dummies identical to the ones found in the original Nuketown, despite the map in the image and the map itself having 2025 dummies.
On the monitor is a different Nuketown 2025 sign than the one seen. With the 'Nuketown' writing being at the bottom and an atom symbol at the top.
The Jeep Wrangler was replaced by a future car.
There are no bathrooms in the houses.
There are signs in the map explaining each area of it.