MW3 New Zealand Trick: How to Play Modern Warfare 3 Early

Check here for how to get boots on the ground asap for the release of MW3!

by J.R. Waugh
How to Play MW3 Modern Warfare 3 Early with New Zealand Trick
Image: Activision

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is another installment in the COD franchise that’s among the most anticipated annual arrivals. But there’s a neat way you can play it even earlier if you have the game digitally. Here’s how you can use the New Zealand trick to play MW3 early!

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 — How to Use the New Zealand Trick to Play MW3 Early

All players can play MW3 early by changing their region to New Zealand on their console or PC using the following steps:

  • Log into your Activision account
  • Select ‘Profile‘ from the navigation bar at the top of the screen
  • Select ‘Basic Info’ from the list that appears
  • Select ‘Edit‘ next to the address field
  • Change the location to New Zealand
  • You will need to add a NZ address in the field to save

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When Can You Play MW3 Early?

Image: Activision

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 will be released for New Zealand players at midnight NZDT on November 10, 2023, or 3 AM PT / 6 AM ET on November 9. This means that, due to a time zone exploit, you can play MW3 a day early with a New Zealand account. This trick is not anything new, but it’s handy to know if you want to get a leg up on the campaign.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (MW3)
New Zealand Release Countdown

Time zones for players to use this trick can be followed using the guide below:

Time ZoneRelease Time
Pacific Time (Los Angeles, Vancouver)3:00 AM PST
Mountain Time (Denver, Calgary)4:00 AM MST
Central Time (Chicago, Regina)5:00 AM CST
Eastern Time (New York, Toronto)6:00 AM EST
Atlantic Time (Halifax, Fredericton)7:00 AM AST
Brazil (Brasília Time)8:00 AM BST
UK and Ireland11:00 AM GMT
Europe1:00 PM CEST
Moscow2:00 PM MSK
India4:30 PM IST
Vietnam and Thailand6:00 PM ICT
Philippines7:00 PM PHT

In possibly the easiest New Zealand trick ever, now everybody can play MW3 Zombies right away!

- This article was updated on November 9th, 2023

About The Author

J.R. is a Staff Writer with AOTF and has been covering gaming and entertainment in the industry since 2022. Along with a B.A. in History from the University of Cincinnati, he has studied at the University of Birmingham, UK, and part of his M.A. at the University of Waterloo. You'll find J.R. particularly at home writing about the hottest manga and anime. He is highly passionate about horror, strategy, and RPGs, and anything about Star Trek or LOTR. When not ranting about fan theories or writing guides, J.R. is streaming his favorite RPGs and other forgotten gems.