Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War multiplayer is free to play. Right. NOW.
So, if you're stuck indoors this weekend and looking for something new to play, or maybe you want to rope in some friends to join you, now is the time.
If you're wondering why the game is giving away its popular multiplayer experience for a whole week, it's all in celebration of the first season of content which launched earlier this week.
How Long Is Black Ops Cold War Free?
As mentioned, the game is having two free access periods.
The first will take place between December 17 to December 21. So it's already live if you want to jump in right now.
If you're busy getting those last-minute Christmas presents and don't have time to play, don't worry, there's a second stage running from December 21-24 (albeit with different content).
It's also available on Xbox One if that's your platform of choice.
What Content Is Free?
Treyarch has outlined exactly what multiplayer content players can look forward to as part of this free access period.
It includes a combination of modes new to Season One or already available since the launch of Black Ops Cold War.
Here's the full rundown, including details on each of the modes in question
Get some Warzone Gulag practice in when the seminal 2v2 game mode from Modern Warfare returns in Black Ops Cold War in Season One. These fast, high-tension battles always end the same way: with the last duo standing. Face off with a rival duo on four maps: Game Show, ICBM, KGB, and U-Bahn, and be the first team to win six rounds to win.
This classic 6v6 game mode needs no introduction. Eliminate your enemies and earn score for your team. First team to 100 wins. Maps include Moscow, Cartel, Miami, Satellite, Checkmate, Garrison, Armada Strike, Crossroads Strike, Nuketown ’84, The Pines, and Raid.
Featured Playlist: Nuketown Holiday 24/7
Deck the halls with this festive playlist, taking place in a reimagined Black Ops classic. Nuketown ’84 made its triumphant return in the lead-up to Season One, and this holiday version of the map adds an even brighter glow to the former Nevada testing ground. Jump into this 24/7 playlist and play Nuketown to your heart’s content in a variety of fast-paced modes.
Featured Playlist: Raid the Mall
Get ready for a two-map showcase featuring the fan-favorite Raid from Black Ops II and the neon-lit New Jersey mall at The Pines. With two medium-sized maps populated by a variety of scenic obstacles with an ‘80s aesthetic, Raid the Mall promises down-and-dirty battles, intense combat, and blazing fast gameplay.
The tried-and-true Call of Duty objective mode is back and better than ever. Two teams of six players fight for control of three objective zones. Earn score for each objective that your team owns. The first team to reach 200 score will achieve victory! Maps include Moscow, Cartel, Miami, Satellite, Checkmate, Garrison, Armada Strike, Crossroads Strike, Nuketown ’84, The Pines, and Raid.
Good News For Existing Cold War Players
Although this weekend is a great chance for people to play the game without the need to buy Black Ops Cold War, it's also a fantastic time for existing players.
That's because Treyarch has turned on Double XP, Double Weapon XP, and Double Battle Pass Progression.
Here's a little more info courtesy of Treyarch, because with the two free stages, it gets a bit confusing:
"All Operators (whether you’re in the free access or not) will earn double XP and double weapons bonuses across the available Multiplayer modes."
"The bonuses continue at 10AM on December 22 through 10AM December 28 with Double Battle Pass XP in Multiplayer to unlock Battle Pass System content twice as fast. That’s a full 10 days to level up your Operator, weapons, and Battle Pass System tiers!"
"But keep in mind, from December 22-25, the Double Battle Pass XP is available only in Black Ops Cold War, and free access ends December 24. However, the Double Battle Pass XP bonus then kicks in for both Black Ops Cold War and Warzone from December 25-28."
Black Ops Cold War Price Drop
If you like the game enough after playing the game during this free access period, then there's even better news.
The game is on sale at the moment, with anyone on PlayStation, Xbox and PC platforms able to pick the game up for less than its standard RRP.
From now until January 5 2021, Black Ops Cold War is available for just £44.99, down from the £59.99 price tag.