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Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty release times: how to play early with the New Zealand trick

Use the New Zealand trick to play Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty early

Cyberpunk 2077’s DLC: The Phantom Liberty is almost here, dropping on September 26, 2023. With the date approaching official details have been released about when the game will be released in every region on both consoles and PC.

The times between consoles and PC might be significantly different depending on your region, but it means that console players can pull a quick trick to get access to the new content as early as possible.

Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty release times

Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty release times

PC release times

The PC version will see a simultaneous global release, which means it’ll be different for every time zone. Here is the full list:

September 25:

  • 4pm PDT
  • 7pm EDT

September 26:

  • 12am BST
  • 1am CEST
  • 8am JST
  • 9am AEST
  • 12am NZDT

PS5 and Xbox Series X/S release times

Console release times are a little different, as the DLC is set to release at midnight local time on September 26, 2023. However, you can still play the game earlier if you know how to pull off the “New Zealand trick”

How to use the New Zealand trick to play early – Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty

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The New Zealand trick involves changing your console’s region so that you can get earlier access to any game that is dependant on a “local time” launch. As New Zealand’s time zone is the furthest ahead, this is the one you should select.

Xbox Series X/S

On Xbox, go into Settings > System >Time, and then you’ll be able to switch your time zone to UTC+12 Auckland, Wellington, then restart your console.


For PlayStation, it’s a little more complicated, as you will need to create a separate PlayStation account on your console and pre-order the game through that rather than your main account. Go through the normal account setup process (you will need a second email address too) but make sure that when selecting your region you pick “New Zealand”