Phantom Liberty New Zealand Trick – Can you play Cyberpunk 2077 DLC early?

Here's a guide on whether it's possible to play Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty DLC early using the New Zealand Trick.
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Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty DLC by CD Projekt Red is poised to lead fans into a fresh chapter of the Cyberpunk RPG. The buzz is rising, and countless gamers are itching to cause chaos in Dogtown, the new city hub in the DLC. But is there a way to play Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty DLC early by using the New Zealand trick?

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Can you play Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty DLC early using the New Zealand Trick?

It’s possible for the Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty DLC to work via the New Zealand trick, but there’s no guarantee of it working purely because it’s DLC and not a fully-fledged release. I’ll say it again: there is no guarantee that the Phantom Liberty New Zealand trick will work, so the risk is in your hands. My advice is to wait for this one since it’s DLC. I’ve used the New Zealand trick for God of War Ragnarök and Horizon Forbidden West, but I’ve never done it for a DLC before, so I’d rather err on the side of caution.

To play the Phantom Liberty DLC, you must own Cyberpunk 2077 and have it installed. Because of this, we’re not sure if the DLC will work together on PlayStation 5, as you’ll have your own regional version of Cyberpunk 2077 but then the New Zealand version of Phantom Liberty. You may have higher hopes of playing it early if you purchase Cyberpunk 2077 for your New Zealand account, along with Phantom Liberty. But no guarantee, and it will cost you more money.

The New Zealand trick might work on Xbox Series S|X consoles since you only have to change a setting, but even then, there’s no guarantee. If you’re preordering Phantom Liberty anyway, there’s no shame in giving it a go and seeing if you can play it early.

If you want to give it a go, follow the steps below, but I will say again: this is not confirmation the New Zealand trick will work. The risk and cost are in your hands. For the exact release time in New Zealand, refer to our Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty DLC countdown.

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How to Play Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty DLC Early on Xbox Series S|X

To use the New Zealand Time Zone trick for an early experience of Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty DLC on the Xbox Series S|X, navigate to the Settings menu, choose “System,” followed by “Language & Location.” Then, adjust your location to New Zealand. After making these changes, restart your console to implement the changes you’ve made. Then, once it’s released in your region, simply change the setting back to your region and restart the console again.

How to Play Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty DLC Early on PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4

Playing Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty DLC early is possible on both PlayStation platforms, but it demands a significant amount of effort. Unlike Xbox, where you can change a setting to get the New Zealand Trick to work, on PlayStation, it involves creating a brand-new PlayStation (PSN) account designated for living in New Zealand. Additionally, you’ll need a valid New Zealand address for account setup. However, this may be against Sony’s terms of service, so proceed with caution.

To buy Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty DLC, you’ll have to acquire New Zealand gift cards and redeem them on this new account, as Sony restricts payments to those originating from New Zealand. Once all is set and the DLC is purchased, set it to download and designate this account as the primary console on your PlayStation 5 to enable game sharing and play on your regular account.

Without this workaround, early access to Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty DLC on PlayStation 5 is not possible.

Can You Play Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty DLC Early on PC?

No, you cannot play Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty DLC early on PC. When it comes to early access on PC for Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty DLC, the prospects are pretty much zero. Although VPNs once provided a potential solution, recent changes to certain VPN services and digital platforms have nullified these tactics. Regrettably, PC enthusiasts will need to hold on until the DLC’s official launch.

Can you Play Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty DLC Early without using the New Zealand Trick?

No, you cannot play Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty DLC early without resorting to the New Zealand Trick, and even that isn’t guaranteed. There is no early access period for purchasing a special edition of Phantom Liberty or anything of the sort. It was unlikely to happen since Phantom Liberty is just a DLC.

Mark Carpenter

Mark Carpenter

Mark Carpenter is the Managing Editor at Try Hard Guides, and main guide writer. With over five years of experience in games media, including almost three years as an Assigning Editor for Pro Game Guides, and before that a Staff Writer.

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