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What is the free to play Call of Duty?

Hey friend! If you‘re looking to dive into Call of Duty without spending any money, there are a few great free-to-play options available. The main one is Call of Duty: Warzone, a free standalone battle royale experience. But there are also limited-time free access events for premium Call of Duty titles that you can take advantage of!

Call of Duty: Warzone – The Free Battle Royale

Warzone is the premier free entry point into Call of Duty. As a battle royale game, it drops 150 players onto a massive map to scavenge for weapons, complete contracts, and fight to be the last squad standing.

Since launching in March 2020, Warzone has amassed over 115 million players and counting! Its free access has made CoD more popular than ever before.

Here‘s an overview of Warzone‘s key features:

  • Available completely free on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
  • Battle royale matches with 150 players
  • Squad up solo or in duos, trios, or quads
  • The Gulag gives you a chance to respawn after death by winning a 1v1 fight
  • Earn XP to unlock new functional weapons, perks and equipment over time
  • Obtain cool cosmetic items like operator skins through the Battle Pass or Store bundles
  • All post-launch maps, modes, and content updates are free

Warzone is closely integrated with premium Call of Duty releases – it shares weapons, operators, and progression systems. This allows Activision to monetize the free game through in-game purchases and attract players to buy new titles.

For example, content from Modern Warfare (2019) and Black Ops Cold War carried over into the original Warzone map Verdansk. And the brand new Warzone 2.0 experience builds off Modern Warfare 2, bringing over Operators, blueprints and more.

Let‘s compare some key stats between free Warzone and paid premium CoD games:

Game Player Count Revenue
Warzone (Free) 115+ million ~$5.2 billion (from in-game purchases)
Black Ops Cold War (Paid) 30+ million $1.9 billion (from upfront purchases)

Warzone attracts a wider audience as a free game, generating revenue through battle passes and cosmetic bundles. Paid titles have a higher upfront cost but smaller player base.

In November 2022, Warzone 2.0 launched as a sequel bringing major innovations like:

  • New map Al Mazrah with points of interest like the Zarqwa Hydroelectric plant
  • Extensive graphical improvements powered by new engine technology
  • Advanced AI enemies that patrol high value loot areas
  • Inventory system allowing you to loot weapons, ammo, and cash directly off enemies
  • Interrogation mechanic to get intel from downed opponents

As a regular Warzone player, I love the new gameplay depth these features offer. The AI enemies add an exciting PvE element and inventory management creates more strategy around loot runs.

Warzone 2.0 feels like a true next-gen evolution that keeps the free experience feeling fresh!

Modern Warfare 2 Free Access Events

Now let‘s talk about free access in the latest premium release – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

MW2 is a paid title with a standard $60-$70 price tag. But Activision has provided two free access periods allowing you to preview MW2‘s multiplayer for free:

  • A 10 hour trial during MW2‘s launch weekend in October 2022
  • A full free access weekend in March 2023

These timed events unlocked MW2‘s core 6v6 multiplayer maps and modes, including favorites like:

  • Team Deathmatch
  • Domination
  • Hardpoint
  • Prisoner Rescue (new mode)

Any XP and unlocks earned during the free access carried over if you decided to purchase the full MW2 game!

As a streamer, I love these free access periods. They allow me to preview new CoD titles and produce fun content for my viewers without buying the game upfront.

I‘d recommend maxing out the 10 hour trial to unlock as many weapons and attachments as possible. Having those carried over gives you a headstart if you do decide to buy MW2 later on.

The full free weekend is great for showcasing MW2‘s multiplayer action on stream. With 3-4 days of unlimited access, you can level up quickly and put together dope class setups to try out.

Other Free Access Events

Occasionally there are also free access weekends for older CoD titles like Black Ops Cold War and Vanguard.

These are again timed events, usually lasting 2-3 days, that allow you to play multiplayer modes completely free. All progression and unlocks carry over if you purchase afterwards.

As someone who‘s streamed CoD for years, I always make sure to jump into these free weekends. It lets me prep new loadouts and grind camo challenges without paying upfront.

If you‘re looking to try a particular Call of Duty game, keep an eye out for these limited-time free events!

Call of Duty: Mobile – F2P on iOS and Android

On mobile, Call of Duty: Mobile offers a free-to-play experience across various CoD titles. It features classic maps, weapons, characters, and modes adapted for touch controls.

Some key details on Mobile:

  • Free to download on iOS and Android
  • Includes maps like Nuketown, Crash, Hijacked
  • Weapons from Modern Warfare, Black Ops, and more
  • Iconic multiplayer modes like Team Deathmatch, Domination, and Search & Destroy
  • Battle Royale mode similar to Warzone

I often play CoD Mobile while traveling or when I just want quick games on-the-go. It‘s awesome being able to enjoy Call of Duty for free on mobile!

The touch controls take some practice, but are surprisingly smooth once you get used to them. And progression carries over across devices linked to your Call of Duty account.

Well there you have it! A comprehensive overview of all the ways you can enjoy Call of Duty through free-to-play. Let me know if you have any other questions! Enjoy diving into CoD.