Modern Warfare 3 looks to boost player count with another free trial

Modern Warfare 3 looks to boost player count with another free trial
Images via Sledgehammer Games

Written by 

Joseph Kime


28th Mar 2024 14:55

Nobody in the gaming industry is utilising the concept of a free weekend quite like Call of Duty, and it's been this way for many years. It's presumably easier for developers to manage now, with CoD's own launcher able to do a lot of heavy lifting (even if it makes accessing games a little more confusing).

Still, the franchise seems to be working well by allowing players to wander into lobbies to see what the fuss is about. Activision regularly rolls out the chance to get involved, and what do you know, it's that time again?

Modern Warfare 3's free trial celebrates Season 3's release

An operator pushes forward with assault rifle in hand in Modern Warfare 3.
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Image via Sledgehammer Games

A brand-new chance for players to try Modern Warfare 3 without having to pay a penny is on the way, and it’s giving newcomers extensive access. The game will soon remove its limiters for new players, as they'll be able to play both the multiplayer and Zombies modes from 2023's MW3.

Only the game's campaign will be locked behind the paywall, though judging by critical reception, that may work in MW3's favour instead of against it. Also, in 2024, how many of you are really playing CoD for its campaign?

The free weekend takes advantage of Season 3's latest content drop, including six new maps and a collection of modes. Among the big draws is the returning Hordepoint mode, which ties together multiplayer and Zombies for Modern Warfare 3.

When is Modern Warfare 3's free weekend?

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If you're one of the few who still hasn't trialled Modern Warfare 3 to gauge your interest, then you've got four days to do it. The latest free trial begins on April 4 and ends on April 8. Season 3 of the game launches on April 3, so if you get in early, you'll be among the first to test the new content.

These free weekends have become a staple of shooter marketing, but Call of Duty especially has proven that they have to work in the company’s favour a little bit. Considering we have to shell out more than ever for a Call of Duty game, we're certainly not complaining about a little try before you (maybe) buy.

Joseph Kime is the Senior Trending News Journalist for GGRecon from Devon, UK. Before graduating from MarJon University with a degree in Journalism, he started writing music reviews for his own website before writing for the likes of FANDOM, Zavvi and The Digital Fix. He is host of the Big Screen Book Club podcast, and author of Building A Universe, a book that chronicles the history of superhero movies. His favourite games include DOOM (2016), Celeste and Pokemon Emerald.

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