Call of Duty announces Modern Warfare 2 free access, but with an interesting catch

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Typically, Call of Duty titles come with a hefty price tag, which might deter casual FPS fans from loading into the likes of Modern Warfare 2. The cycle for Infinity Ward's most recent title is nearing its end, but Activision is still trying to entice more players into the action.

Although attention is turning towards the launch of Modern Warfare 3, players haven't been best pleased with some "lazy" Season 5 Reloaded weaponry. Though, some are looking forward to the potential arrival of new licensed Operators in multiplayer.

In a bid to temporarily swell the ranks of MW2's player count, Activision has just kicked off a period of free access. That said, this time around there's an interesting catch to the deal.

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 free access catch frustrates fans

On September 12, Call of Duty announced a free access period is for the game running from September 13 to September 20. However, despite the window being open for a week, players can only play Modern Warfare 2 for two and a half in-match hours as part of it.

As expected, there are plenty of unhappy players who were hoping for more time in order to experience MW2's multiplayer. One has replied to the tweet: "Why not just give them full access to the multiplayer for that whole week? What is the point of doing this then?"

Another joked: "(A) 2.5-hour limit haha. So, 15 matches, because people will be camping like crazy."

Usually, free access weeks allow players to play Call of Duty for the entirety of the window, instead of just a few hours. The reasoning behind the decision to limit access this time is currently, unclear but it definitely hasn't gone down well.

Aside from decrying the short playing window, some players are also demanding that the game's developers implement another event as Season 5 Reloaded nears its end. One simply asked: "When is the next triple XP?"


Although two and a half hours isn't much time, the free access period is still a good time to play MW2 if you're thinking about getting your hands on the Modern Warfare 3 beta in a few weeks.

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