Posted by BlackOpsNews Jun 30, 2012


Q. How soon can I pre-order Call of Duty®: Black Ops II to get the Nuketown 2025 map?

A. Fans who pre-order Call of Duty: Black Ops II now will get the Nuketown 2025 downloadable bonus map when Call of Duty: Black Ops II releases this November 13th.  If you already pre-ordered the game then you’re all set, and you will be able to download the bonus map when Call of Duty: Black Ops II launches.


Q. Where will the pre-order program be available?

A. It will be available through most retailers worldwide.


Q:  How do I make sure I can get Nuketown 2025?

A. Nuketown 2025 will be available to any customer who pre-orders their copy of Call of Duty: Black Ops II at participating retailers worldwide.  Pre-ordering will secure you a launch unit of Call of Duty: Black Ops II that will include the Nuketown 2025 downloadable bonus map.


Q. When will Nuketown 2025 become available to me?

A. The Nuketown 2025 map will be available for download when Call of Duty: Black Ops II releases worldwide on November 13, 2012.


Q. Will it be available on all platforms?

A. Nuketown 2025 will be available on Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC. Pre-orders will also be accepted through Steam. Simply follow the instructions to download through your console or PC.


Q. Is Nuketown 2025 locked on the disc?

A. No.  Nuketown 2025 is a download.


Q. Does the Nuketown 2025 downloadable bonus map offer apply to me if I already pre-ordered Call of Duty: Black Ops II?

A. Yes.


Q. What if I don't preorder, can I still get the Nuketown 2025 bonus map?

A. The Nuketown 2025 downloadable map comes with each launch unit of Call of Duty: Black Ops II.  So the best way to ensure you get the Nuketown 2025 downloadable map is to pre-order your copy of Call of Duty: Black Ops II now.

Q. Do Elite Premium members get this map on day one?

A. Everyone who pre-orders a copy of Call of Duty: Black Ops II gets Nuketown 2025 on Day One.  This offer has no affiliation with Call of Duty Elite or the Call of Duty: MW3 Season of Content.





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On a week when Nuketown 2025 was announced as a pre-order bonus for Black Ops 2, it was only right that we take a look back at the story of Nuketown.


Nuketown takes place in a nuclear test site designed to simulate a typical American neighborhood. The map itself started out as an "unofficial" project for Level Designer Adam Hoggatt, who took the idea and had a working design up and running in only two days. It was quickly a favorite among the Black Ops developers.


Nuketown would ultimately play a crucial role in the development of the game, inspiring a level of creativity that would show up time and time again in Black Ops multiplayer. The map's randomly spawning mannequins and iconic end-of-match nuke sequence led to interactive features found on other maps, such as Launch's rocket liftoff and Kowloon's zip-line.


Just as it played with the developers, Nuketown became a fan-favorite in Call of Duty®: Black Ops almost immediately after the game's release. Small and simple, yet lending itself to a variety of playstyles, the map featured the type of fast-paced action that Call of Duty® fans from around the world have come to love. The numbers don't lie, Nuketown has become the most played multiplayer map in Black Ops history.


Now reimagined in a 60's depiction of the "Model Home of the Future", Nuketown 2025 is set to take that familiar close-quarters chaos into the future.  Pre-order Call of Duty®: Black Ops II today, and look forward to some explosive action on November 13th!


Have questions? Make sure to check out our Nuketown 2025 FAQ.


Remember to follow our Facebook page, Twitter (@Callofduty and @Treyarch), and this blog as we continue to march towards the release of Black Ops 2.


You ask and they respond, here is a question for the Black Ops 2 developers that we received on our @CallofDuty Twitter!


Telixion: @CallofDuty Whats the most "Futuristic" real world item/weapon you got to work with that inspired an in game item/weapon. #BlackOps2


Treyarch: Believe it or not, it wasn't a specific weapon, rather it was a person: Peter Singer, Sr. Fellow at the Brookings Institute and author of Wired for War. Singer helped us better understand near-future warfare - the technologies that will shape the weapons that fight it - as well as the geo-political forces that were shaping it. When it comes to retaining that "plausible authenticity" that Call of Duty fans expect, he really helped us make sure that 2025 felt near-future while still feeling like Call of Duty.


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Treyarch at E3

Posted by BlackOpsNews Jun 11, 2012

An annual event that just couldn't be missed, Treyarch closed its doors for one day and invited all of its employees down to E3 to help promote Black Ops 2, check out the festivities, and even do a little award-accepting.


A must-see for most of the crew—as with many of the E3 attendees—was the Black Ops 2 Live Video Experience. Projected from end-to-end on the Activision big screen, the Treyarch employees were just as excited about the visual display as the crowds that have filled the show floor throughout the three day event.




But perhaps the most important event came when representatives from the Guinness World Records presented the award for "Best Selling Game of 2010" to studio head Mark Lamia and the entire Treyarch team. As the group gathered for a celebratory picture, the photographer remarked that they should have also received an award for the largest group to accept an award in person!




E3 Day 3 Recap

Posted by BlackOpsNews Jun 8, 2012


Day 3 has concluded, and with it comes the end of E3 2012. The excitement around Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 was amazing throughout the three day event, as we showcased a wealth of new content to thousands of E3 attendees.


Check out the Day 3 album on our Facebook page to relive the sights of this final day at E3 2012. Also, see our Day 1 and Day 2 Recap blog posts for the complete Black Ops 2 E3 experience!



Attendees crowded around for their last chance to catch the Live Video Experience.


All eyes were glued to the Activision big screen during the Black Ops 2 Live Video Experience.

KAT_2526.jpg The Black Ops 2 dog tags were a must-have for all of the dedicated COD fans.


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E3 Day 2 Recap

Posted by BlackOpsNews Jun 6, 2012


Day 2 at E3 has come and gone, and it was another eventful one for Black Ops 2. Here's a recap in case you missed anything:



Didn't get a chance to see the Black Ops 2 E3 events in-person? Check out the photo album on our Facebook page for a complete recap.



One of the highlights throughout the day were the hourly showings of the Black Ops 2 Live Video Experience on the Activision big screen. Foot traffic came to a halt around the Activision booth, as crowds gathered to view the Black Ops 2 preview. Check out all of the details here.


Miss Day 1 of E3? We've got you covered. Check our recap here.


Sharp-eyed E3 attendees may have also noticed some intel briefly appear in the countdown before the video. Our only comment is that whatever was shown is strictly classified...






No normal screen could contain the explosive action and sheer breadth of generation-spanning Black Ops 2 reveals this morning at E3. It demanded every square foot of the massive Activision booth screen to treat convention attendees to their first look at previously unannounced locales that players will get to experience in Black Ops 2.



After an introduction by Frank Woods, the video took the audience to 2025 Los Angeles and the dramatic opening of the "Protect P.O.T.U.S." mission. Expanded to panoramic extremes, the devastation wreaked upon the urban sprawl of downtown L.A. felt all the more real to the gathered crowd. After all, they stood well within striking distance of the scene unfolding before them.



From there, the video whipped between 2025 and the mid-80s at a breakneck pace. Stepping backwards in time, the rubble of L.A. gave way to the dry, sun-baked plateaus of Angola. Across the distant plain, the assembled forces charged headlong towards each others with chattering machine guns and swinging machetes.



Back in 2025, the scene shifted to the cerulean waters of the Cayman Trench. Rising from beneath the waves shone a man-made island. A resplendent edifice of chrome and glass, the island oasis was filled with vacationing party-goers blissfully ignorant of simmering international tensions. Little did they know that their paradise would quickly devolve into a chaotic cacophony of gunfire on the dance floor.



Taken to Afghanistan in 1986, small villages nestled in the mountainous terrain set the stage for warfare between the upstart mujahideen and the foreign Soviets. Bolstered by the resources and training provided by the C.I.A., the Afghan fighters resist the Soviet military intervention despite overwhelming odds. Nowhere was this more evident than when a haras of horses steadfastly galloped at full gait in the face of superior Soviet air power.



In a final return to the near-future of 2025, we got a look at the chaos of combat in Singapore, as seen in the E3 demos of the brand new Strike Force missions. Sparks flew from the heavy amounts of drone warfare, as troops from both sides maneuvered the narrow spaces of the shipyard. In a dramatic ending, a missile was directed straight at the heart of a nearby cargo ship.



As the Black Ops 2 logo appeared on-screen to close the video experience, applause and shouts of approval sounded throughout the crowd. But just as they prepared to disperse, a familiarly chilling laugh echoed throughout the exhibition hall and a splash of blood covered the screen. The crowd's most dedicated undead-slayers instantly yearned for more.



Fortunately for everyone else at E3, the massive crowd eventually picked their jaws up off the floor and allowed the flow of foot traffic past the Activision booth to resume.

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In this new frontier of war, one misjudged move can leave you between a drone and a hard place.


E3 Day 1 Recap

Posted by BlackOpsNews Jun 6, 2012


The Activision booth was once again a hotspot for E3 attendees.



It’s been a crazy first day at E3 and we’re looking forward to the adrenaline fueled sprint to Friday. For those of you who didn’t get a chance to make it out to Los Angeles, here’s what’s new from Day 1:



Fans have been lining up to get their eyes on our exclusive E3 gameplay demo featuring our Los Angeles and Singapore levels. In addition to the “Protect P.O.T.U.S.” mission (previously covered here), fans got a chance to see Treyarch’s new Strike Force levels in action. You can read up an in-depth report that describes it in detail. In addition, you can check out a gallery of images from both in front and behind the scenes of the Activision booth on our Facebook page.



...and that wraps up Day 1 from us here in Los Angeles. Keep your browsers pointed here for all the excitement and breaking news straight from the convention floor!



Complimentary Black Ops 2 t-shirts line each chair inside the Black Ops 2 theater!

Want  never-before-seen footage & free schwag? Visit us today, 6/6/12 at South Hall 647 for an exclusive trailer & t-shirt / iPhone case: 1st-come, 1st-served!


A member of the Black Ops 2 team discusses the gameplay demo.


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New to Call of Duty, Strike Force levels are non-linear, sandbox gameplay missions, where the outcomes shape the geo-political fiction of the game.



At the highest level, Strike Force missions introduce non-linearity to the campaign structure. These missions are “proxy wars” in the larger global conflict of 2025, that are presented at various points in the campaign. The Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) will address you and give you a choice between missions. Once you make your selection, you’ll be inserted into the action.



When you play, you’ll either complete the mission successfully or – in a first for Call of Duty – you could fail. Either way, the game and story will continue on, but the outcome of that Strike Force mission will shape the story arc of the Cold War that surrounds you.



When playing a Strike Force level, players will be able to take control of the battle like never before: play in overwatch, set waypoints, issue commands to your squad and take control of various soldiers and drones – play with all the toys – whatever you want to do to complete the mission. If you wanted to, you could play it in a traditional Call of Duty style with weapon in hand. You can play Strike Force levels however you want.



In our Singapore Strike Force level, you’re a member of a squad whose objective is to disable a missile defense shield that is protecting a shipment that cannot be allowed to leave the Harbor. It’s your job to clear the way so that the rest of your team can take it out.


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Treyarch head Mark Lamia and the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 development team discuss their motivations heading into this exciting entry in the Call of Duty franchise. Learn about weapons & technology, the campaign, graphics, multi-player and the return of Black Ops zombies.


Make sure to "like" the Black Ops Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/codblackops.


Follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/Callofduty and http://www.twitter.com/Treyarch.

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With Los Angeles in ruins, life becomes a free-for-all.



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A thrilling sequence that puts players deep inside the near-future world of Black Ops 2, we wanted to take you through the intense action of the "Protect P.O.T.U.S." mission.



With downtown Los Angeles under attack from rogue drones, players take control of David Mason, son of Alex Mason, as he sits in with a convoy racing down the freeway. This isn't any ordinary assignment though, Mason is charged with escorting the President of the United States to safety. The trusted soldier lays out his plan to the President, get to the "Prom Night" shelter underneath the Bonaventure Hotel. But before the group has any more time to think, drone attacks hit their convoy and leave them wrecked along on the highway. Coming to after the startling crash, Mason scrambles to a nearby SAM Turret, locking onto multiple drones and downing them in a burst of precision missile strikes.



After dealing with the immediate threat, Mason meets back up with the group further ahead on the highway. Players are then given an option on how to approach the next sequence: Stay on the highway and provide sniper fire from above, or rappel down with the President and directly engage the hostile troops. Choosing to stick up top allows Mason to command a powerful new weapon, the Sniper Storm rifle. Featuring an X-ray scope and a five-bar gauge, this sniper rifle is able to charge up and put successive rounds through cover, downing enemies that would normally evade gunfire.



Moving down the ruined streets of Los Angeles proves to be a dangerous trek, with hostile troops around every barrier. To help clear the path, Mason can command a squad of quadrotors with his I.W.M.D. (Interactive Wrist Mounted Display). Directing the squad towards enemy positions, Mason moves through tightly held positions with some much needed firepower on his side.



Also assisting him is Anderson, a female pilot in control of a FA-38 jet. Anderson provides aerial reconnaissance for Mason as he makes his way along the streets. But when injuries force her to land her aircraft, it's up to Mason to provide support from above. Hovering over the reformed convoy, Mason clears the road with effectively placed missiles and cannons.



With a pack of drones closing in though, Mason breaks away from the convoy and engage the enemy squadrons in an all-out dogfight. The drones attempt to repel Mason's fire with deployed countermeasures, but the FA-38's Sky Buster missiles lock-on and break through their defenses. Suddenly the on-board computer warns of an incoming drone. With barely enough time to react, Mason manages to eject from the jet just before it impacts the enemy fighter. As he floats back down to Earth, aircraft continue their engagements above, while a still-compromised city awaits Mason below.


Ask the Devs at E3

Posted by BlackOpsNews Jun 4, 2012


Have a question for one of the Call of Duty: Black Ops II developers? Throughout the three days at E3, the devs will take time out to answer a few questions from the fans online. Submit your questions now to @Callofduty and include #BlackOps2 in your tweet. Check back to see if your question get answered!


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