If a recent image posted by the official Call of Duty twitter account is any indication, it looks like zombies may be invading Nuketown! Posted on August 27th, the image shows the unmistakable “Welcome to Nuketown!” sign, except covered in blood smears, bloody hand prints, and the word “ZOMBIES” written in, you guessed it, even more blood!
You can check out the image for yourself right here:
There hasn’t been any official word from Activision just yet, but the image came from the official Call of Duty Twitter account, so there is no reason to believe that it is fake. However, there are definitely questions to be answered regarding this image, and what the image is implying.
For one, Nuketown 2025, the redesigned Nuketown being made available through pre-orders of Black Ops II, is, like I said, only a pre-order bonus. This could be a stunt to push more people to pre-order Black Ops II, and considering Nuketown’s popularity, it may work. Take the recent showing of Black Ops – Declassified, for example. I personally found the game to be ugly and very disappointing throughout the entire footage they showed for it, but when I saw them playing on Nuketown, my interest went through the roof. I even ranked Nuketown as the best multiplayer map in Call of Duty history, and the fact that there has repeatedly been a Nuketown 24/7 mode for special multiplayer events in Black Ops shows me that I am not alone when it comes to my love for Nuketown.
But so far, Activision has only mentioned Nuketown 2025 as being a multiplayer map, and this is where things get interesting. Black Ops II will be using the multiplayer engine for the Zombies mode for the first time ever in order to provide a more streamlined experience with better matchmaking, and to support the game mode’s increased player limit of eight players. What if Nuketown 2025 is simply a multiplayer map…but with Zombies added?
Since the Zombies mode in Black Ops II is using the multiplayer engine, it is entirely possible that Treyarch is going to recycle the multiplayer maps to be used with Zombies. This may raise a few red flags, but don’t fret; it’s unlikely that they would do this out of laziness. Treyarch is now the main studio behind the Call of Duty franchise since the bulk of Infinity Ward’s talent has gone elsewhere, and they are certainly dedicated to providing a unique, quality experience, if the original Black Ops is any indication.
It has already been confirmed that, for the first time ever, zombies will feature a campaign. This is exciting news for players that have been turned off by what the mode has had to offer in the past. But the campaign set-up may make it difficult for Treyarch to translate that to free-play multiplayer play. I think it is entirely likely that they will have a playlist of maps based in the campaign, as well as a free-play zombies mode that plays like the old zombies, albeit on multiplayer maps.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II releases on November 13th for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. There are also rumors that a Wii U version is in development, but we will have to wait a bit longer to get confirmation about that.