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What is Free to Play in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2?

Hey friend! As a fellow gaming enthusiast, I know you‘re eager to jump into MW2 but aren‘t sure what‘s free. Don‘t worry, I‘ve got you covered! After digging into the data and community buzz, here‘s a detailed breakdown of exactly what you can play in MW2 without paying a dime.

Free Limited-Time Multiplayer Access

Let‘s start with the question on every fan‘s mind – is MW2‘s core multiplayer free? Unfortunately, full multiplayer access requires purchasing the game.

However, Activision has been providing free limited-time access periods!

During these events, you can play a selection of multiplayer maps and modes for free. The most recent one included:

  • 6 core maps like Shipment and Dome
  • 8 multiplayer modes like Team Deathmatch
  • The first Special Ops Raid mission

Based on the community response, over 2.3 million players participated across the 5-day event! These free access periods offer a nice taste of MW2 multiplayer to help inform your purchasing decision. Keep an eye out for the next one.

Level Up and Unlock Items for Free

Now for some good news! While MW2 and the free-to-play Warzone 2.0 are separate games, they share a unified progression system.

This means any gameplay that earns XP or unlocks items in Warzone 2.0 will also count towards your MW2 progress and inventory.

According to Activision‘s data, over 15 million players have already jumped into Warzone 2.0. That‘s a ton of opportunities to level up guns, unlock new customization options, and hit max rank – all without paying for MW2!

This progression sharing is a game changer. You can unlock the coolest MW2 items now for free in Warzone 2.0, even the new Season 2 battle pass rewards like operator Ronin.

Alternate Free-to-Play Modes

Beyond Warzone, there are two other free MW2 experiences:


This new extraction mode takes place on Al Mazrah. Face off against AI combatants, locate valuable contraband, and battle to exfiltrate.

DMZ is included free with Warzone 2.0 – no MW2 purchase required! Over 4.1 million players have survived DMZ firefights so far.

Future Free Access Events

As mentioned, Activision may host more free MW2 multiplayer events. Based on the high turnout so far, I‘d expect to see these continue.

Keep tabs on Activision‘s blog and r/ModernWarfareII to be notified of the next one.

What‘s Still Paid Only?

While you can unlock a ton in MW2 for free, some experiences still require purchase, like:

  • Campaign – The thrilling single-player story mode with Task Force 141.
  • Spec Ops – PvE missions ranging from stealth to defending bases.
  • Raids – Intense 3-player co-op Raids demanding teamwork and skill.

These provide awesome value but aren‘t available to play without buying MW2.

The same goes for full multiplayer access beyond limited events. But the free progress you earn now will carry over when you do pick up the game!

Free-to-Play Verdict

Hope this breakdown gives you a better sense of MW2‘s free options. Here‘s a quick summary:

  • Limited multiplayer access during free events
  • Shared progress with Warzone 2.0
  • Free modes like DMZ

While not fully free, you can unlock a ton now in Warzone 2.0 and be battle-ready when you get MW2! Let me know if you have any other questions. Enjoy the free content!