Alan Wake looking scruffy in Alan Wake 2

Alan Wake 2: Does the New Zealand Trick Work?

Alan Wake 2 is almost upon us, but fans hoping to play it early may be considering using the New Zealand trick.

The New Zealand trick enables players to access a game early by switching their console’s region to New Zealand. This is because when games launch at midnight across the world, people in New Zealand get access to the game first due to the difference in time zones. However, games aren’t always guaranteed to release at midnight locally, so it’s important to check. Below, we explain whether you can use this trick for Alan Wake 2 or not.

Does the New Zealand Trick Work With Alan Wake 2?

No, the New Zealand trick will not work with Alan Wake 2. This means that you won’t be able to play the game early by switching your console’s region. Unfortunately, as it is launching at the same time globally, players in New Zealand will be getting access to Alan Wake 2 at the same time as everyone else.

Alan Wake 2 is releasing at 5 pm NZDT (New Zealand Daylight Time) on Friday, October 27, 2023. That is the same as 9 pm PDT on October 26, 2023, the game’s release time in the US. If you were hoping to get your hands on the game early, then your only option is to pre-load the game in advance so it’s ready for your release time. By pre-loading, you can hop into the game immediately when it launches in your region.

Alan Wake 2 release times
The official release times for Alan Wake 2.

Of course, if you want to check out the reviews for Alan Wake 2 before buying, the review embargo will be dropping soon. However, in the meantime, make sure to take a look at our Games Hub for all the latest news and guides on Alan Wake 2.

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