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Play Call of Duty: Ghosts for free on Xbox 360 and Xbox One this weekend

If you are among the handful of Xbox 360 or Xbox One users that has been dying to try out a Call of Duty game, but for whatever reason have managed to avoid the last seven years worth of much-hyped, billion dollar releases, then this is your lucky day! Activision and Microsoft have teamed up to release a multiplayer demo of Call of Duty: Ghosts for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One, which will be free to play this coming weekend.

The demo will feature three multiplayer maps taken from the original, non-DLC set (Prison Break, Strikezone, and Warhawk), three multiplayer modes (Domination, Search & Rescue, and Team Deatmatch), and it will also include the first map of the co-op mode Extinction. The demo launches on March 7 at 10am PST, and concludes on March 10, although a specific time for when it ends was not listed. We reached out to reps for the game for clarification, and will update the post as needed.

It’s a little odd for a company to offer a demo to a game that has been on store shelves for nearly four months now, especially one that has sold millions of copies globally across multiple platforms (Activision has not released an exact number, but it did ship $1 billion worth of product on Ghosts‘ launch day), but why not? It could have something to do with the fact that a major, Xbox-exclusive, multiplayer-only release is set to launch just one day after the first demo period ends. Especially since said exclusive is the product of a studio founded by the creators of the Call of Duty series.

Call of Duty: Ghosts hasn’t been quite the success that its predecessor Call of Duty: Black Ops II was in terms of sales, but it is still one of the most successful games released in 2013. It won’t come close to matching Grand theft Auto V’s record-setting performance, but it’s still the best-selling title on both next-gen systems, and three more DLC packs are scheduled in the coming months which should further bolster sales (and profits).

So if you want to try out this newfangled “Call of Duty” franchise, you can do so this weekend by downloading the demo after logging in to your Xbox Live account.