How to Play Persona 3 Reload Earlier with the New Zealand Trick (P3R)

Reloading earlier than expected

If you can’t wait to start playing Persona 3 Reload as soon as possible, a quick trip around might be exactly what you need right now. Here’s how to do the New Zealand trick for the game, as it works the same as it does for other releases.

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How to Do the New Zealand Trick to Play Persona 3 Reload Early

The New Zealand trick is a well-known tactic that lets you play games a few hours ahead of their local release times by changing your region to New Zealand. It only works when the game has a release time scheduled for Midnight in your local time since New Zealand is the first country that reaches said hour. Basically, all you gotta do is change your console’s timezone.

How to Play Persona 3 Reload Early on Xbox

Xbox players have it the easiest. Changing their console region is quick and allows them to play the game immediately. To do so, follow the steps below:

  • Head to the console’s system settings;
  • Select System, then Language & Location;
  • Set the location to New Zealand;
  • Restart your console.

If you have done all correctly, you should see the game closer to being available, if it isn’t already by the time you do the trick. The New Zealand trick works for both Game Pass and the actual game, so if you already had it pre-downloaded, boot up the game and enjoy.

How to Play Persona 3 Reload Early on PC

Since Steam has a fixed release time, you can only do it for the Xbox app version or Game Pass when using the trick on a PC. The steps are similar to the console, though:

  • Head to Settings;
  • Select Time and Language;
  • Change your Time zone to New Zealand (GMT +13);
  • Restart your PC.

The game will be available through the Xbox app normally. Again, it won’t affect Steam, unfortunately.

How to Play Persona 3 Reload Early on Playstation

Sony added an extra layer of protection against the trick. You have to buy the game with a New Zealand PSN account. But if you haven’t got the game yet and are thinking about doing it right now, you can make a new account in the region and buy the game there. Yeah, that’s not happening anytime soon. And I wouldn’t consider it for future releases either since managing two accounts might be just too unnecessary stress just to play a few hours earlier.

And there you have it. The New Zealand trick lets you enjoy this wonderful remake as soon as possible, so go for it. The game officially releases on February 2nd and is a perfect recreation of the original story first presented in the PS2, although it lacks a few certain extra features that are nowhere to be seen.

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Unfortunately stuck on Hoyoverse hell. Whenever he gets the chance to escape, he enjoys playing some good 'n old RPGs and other story-driven games. Loves tackling hard challenges in games, but his cats are still the hardest bosses he could ask for.