NBA 2K22: Xbox players use New Zealand time to play early, but country has physical release delayed

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NBA 2K22 is just a few days away, but New Zealand time is apparently helping some get a head start on the action.

Meanwhile, the country itself is facing some legitimate struggles regarding the physical release of NBA 2K22.

New Zealand time benefits some NBA 2K22 players on Xbox, but country faces release date delay

While NBA 2K22 is technically set for a release date of September 10, there are a few New Zealand specific situations that are changing that.

Rather than a simultaneous worldwide release, it's only North America that apparently is getting a simultaneous release time for NBA 2K22.

As shared by the r/NBA2K account on Twitter, the release time internationally is midnight on September 10 (night of September 9) in your local time zone.

As such, this has made many players look into changing their console time zone to New Zealand in order to unlock the game early, particularly on Xbox.

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We can't recommend this as there have been reports in the past that time zone tampering could damage a system, but it's a risk some players may choose to take in order to play early.

Meanwhile, New Zealand itself is actually facing a physical delay, according to the EB Games New Zealand page on Facebook.

They've actually officially changed the physical release date for NBA 2K22 from September 10 to September 17, and it's believed to be connected to New Zealand being in lockdown over the global pandemic.

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