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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer free to play for 5 days

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is free to play for gamers this weekend.

Infinity Ward and Activision is opening up the multiplayer component of their first person shooter Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 from tomorrow until next Monday for anyone looking to give it a try.

The free trial period goes live 18:00 BST and gamers can pre-load all the title's content prior to the time in order to maximise frag time.

All of the multiplayer content will be available, including all the special weapons, titles, perks and prestige unlocks, so players can really get the full experience before deciding if they want to invest in the full game.

Fans that already own the multiplayer game may want to sign up to the recently released Call of Duty: Elite. Its main function is to provide lifetime statistics on a gamer's playtime, which can be shared across social networks.

There are free and subscription services available. For those that want to splash the cash, they get access to exclusive monthly downloadable content, competitions with both virtual and real life prizes and the ability to level up a clan.

Subscribers can also improve their first person shooter capabilities by getting pro analysis and expert strategies through Elite TV.

There are currently seven million people signed up to the service, of whom 1.5 million  are paid members.

Modern Warfare 3 became the fastest selling computer game of all time when during the first day of sale it shifted 6.5 million copies in the US and UK alone, grossing $400 million (£250 million).

The two previous games in the series, Black Ops and Modern Warfare 2 also broke the same records when they grossed $360 million (£220 million) in 2010 and $310 million (£190 million) in 2009, respectively, in their first 24 hours on the market.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, is the expected title of the next instalment in the franchise, which Activision is expected to announce on May 1st. Treyarch are likely to be the developers of the game, which will come as mixed news to fans.

While many believe Treyarch's original Black Ops to be the better than Modern Warfare 3, it received a very mixed reception from Call of Duty fans.

In addition, the developer does not have the best track record with the series. The firm's Call of Duty 3 and World At War are seen as weak links in an otherwise glittering back catalogue.ADNFCR-1220-ID-801349570-ADNFCR