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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare open alpha is free-to-play this weekend

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The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare open alpha is exclusive to PS4, but you don’t need a PS Plus subscription to play it.

We got a look at Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s multiplayer modes last month. One of the most interesting is Gunfight, a claustrophobic, 2v2 mode that swaps the modern trend for lanes for more arena-based combat.

During this week’s Gamescom festivities, Activision Blizzard and Infinity Ward announced that Modern Warfare is getting a multiplayer open alpha this weekend. Specifically, it’s the 2v2 multiplayer that’s getting a run-out.

There’s good news, and there’s bad news.

The bad news – if you’re an Xbox or PC player – is that the Modern Warfare open alpha is only available to PS4 players. It’s an extension of the exclusivity arrangement between Sony and Activision Blizzard that has seen maps and other content come to PS4 before other platforms.

The good news (assuming you have a PS4, of course) is that the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare open alpha is completely free. You don’t need to pre-order the game, and you don’t even need a PS Plus subscription to take part in the gunfight.

The Modern Warfare open alpha kicks off tomorrow, at 10 am Pacific on August 23, 2019. (That’s 6 pm BST.) According to the announcement, you’ll be able to pre-load the game “in the hours prior to the official launch,” but we don’t know exactly what time that comes available. We’re also not sure exactly what time the open alpha closes, but it will happen on August 25, 2019.

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