Microsoft is making Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II multiplayer mode available for free this weekend, running from December 15 to 19. While normal Free Play Days require an Xbox Live Gold account to play, the CoD: MWII event is truly Free Access and does not require Xbox Live Gold.

The event is already underway and will run until 10 am PT on Monday. Alongside Free Access to the multiplayer mode on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II, gamers will also have access to popular maps such as Shipment, Farm 18, El Asilo.

Within multiplayer, Xbox users can choose between Hardpoint, Team Deathmatch, Kill Confirmed, and Domination game modes. Furthermore, each of these modes are available in first-person or in third person:

“Get a fresh perspective in Modern Warfare II’s new Third-Person Playlists. In this variant, the camera is set back over the shoulder of your Operator, giving a greater view of your overall surroundings, and providing a unique play experience compared to the traditional first-person view.”

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Of course, Microsoft’s ties to Call of Duty are getting closer by the day. The company is currently smoothing a path with regulators to finalize its $69bn takeover of Activision Blizzard. That would bring the franchise under the Xbox umbrella alongside brands like Diablo, Warfare, and Candy Crush.

Microsoft has repeatedly said it will keep CoD on other consoles and recently agreed on a 10-year license with Nintendo. The company is also searching for a similar agreement with Sony to keep the franchise on PlayStation for the next 10 years.

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