Use this trick to play the COD MW3 campaign early

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We’re back in another Call of Duty life cycle, and this time, it’s for the remake of Modern Warfare 3. However, there’s still a ton of time between now and November 10th, and if you played the last few betas, you’re probably super excited.

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If you can’t wait until then, there may be a trick to get into it earlier than most. This guide will tell you how to use a certain trick so you can play COD MW3’s campaign a little early. 

COD: How to use this trick to play MW3’s campaign early

The trick in question revolves around setting your console or PC to New Zealand’s location. They usually get games earlier than the rest of the world, which makes me jealous. But alas, in some cases, we can enjoy that privilege. If you simply can’t wait any longer to play MW3, you can use this trick and be one of the first to get in.

MW3’s story launches on November 3rd. On top of that, you’ll need to pre-order any version digitally to get early access. Additionally, this trick might work for the multiplayer section so you could play modes like Cutthroat early on.  

How to use the New Zealand trick

To set your platform on the country’s location, it’s quite easy to do on Xbox and PC. Simply head into the setting and make your way to the time and date panel. Then select New Zealand from the menu. 

For PlayStation, it requires a few extra steps. 

 For this to work, don’t buy or pre-order COD MW3 just yet. 

  • Make a new account, because your main one may be region-locked.
  • Go through the setup by making your region New Zealand’s. Then make the city either Auckland or Wellington.
  • Head over to the PlayStation store using the New Zealand account and purchase the game.
  • Navigate to Settings, and then go to Users and Accounts. Look for the Other option and press the Console Sharing and Offline Play so that it’s on.
  • Go to your normal account, the one that’s not based in New Zealand, and preload MW3 if that option is available.

Once you’ve done the steps above, you might be able to play MW3 according to New Zealand’s time zone. 

Should I do this?

I would say if you can’t wait, then try it. On the other hand, like last year, you may run into the chance of having your copy locked until it comes out in your region. I’ve always been excited for new games to come out, even the ones I pre-order. But with waiting, you take less of a risk of running into problems like being locked out for a time. 

However, even if you do this and the account gets locked — don’t worry. It’s not a ban or suspension, it’s just blocking from playing the game earlier than expected. 

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is available for pre-order via Battle.net.

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