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Still locked on the old deal.

This year’s Call of Duty, titled Modern Warfare 3, is soon set to initiate a public beta phase. As it turns out, though, and perhaps a little surprisingly given recent events, the initial Modern Warfare 3 demo access will be exclusively available to PlayStation users. The news comes by way of an Arabic trailer featured on the PlayStation YouTube channel, spotted by CharlieIntel.

MW3 Demo Is Coming to PlayStation First

Of course, Microsoft has recently been locked in a legal battle to acquire Activision Blizzard (which it recently won), presumably ensuring that future Call of Duty games offer exclusive perks to Xbox and PC players. However, the gaming company had already committed to releasing three more Call of Duty games on both PlayStation and Xbox gaming consoles.

This year’s installment of the Call of Duty franchise marks the final title covered under Sony’s longstanding marketing agreement, according to details found in court documents.

After navigating through a series of legal and regulatory challenges over several months, Xbox revealed last month that Microsoft and PlayStation had reached a binding agreement. This agreement ensures the continuity of Call of Duty availability on PlayStation consoles following the completion of the Activision Blizzard acquisition.

While specific details regarding the agreement’s terms and duration remain undisclosed, this development effectively resolves one of the major obstacles that Microsoft had faced during its protracted process of acquiring the Call of Duty publisher.

In other recent COD news, fans will be relieved to learn that Modern Warfare 2 progress will at least transfer to the next game in the series. There’s still no word on when the upcoming Modern Warfare 3 demo will launch, though.