However, the trick will apply to the base version of the game as it releases at midnight on September 19. This means Mortal Kombat 1 will unlock in New Zealand earlier.
What is the New Zealand Trick?
The New Zealand Trick is a workaround that has been present in game releases worldwide for many years and allows people to play games sooner. Since New Zealand can sometimes have games launch almost a whole day earlier than those in North America (due to time zone differences), they can access the game before other places.
In order for the trick to apply, players must change their platform’s time to align with that of the timezone for New Zealand, tricking the console into thinking it’s in that timezone and unlocking the game earlier, even though the player is elsewhere in the world.
It works for both Xbox and Steam, but the situation is different for PlayStation owners. As the accounts are region-specified, PlayStation players would be required to create a New Zealand account and purchase it on that region’s store in order to play it earlier, making things more complicated.