Zelda Tears of the Kingdom Release Time

What Time Can You Play Tears of the Kingdom?

After four years of waiting, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is almost ready to launch. This sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is promising to be one of the standout games of the year. Unsurprisingly, players are itching to play it as soon as possible. But when and what is the earliest time that you can play The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom at launch? May 12, 2023 is obvious, but the exact time varies depends on the time zone.

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So… when and at what time can someone start playing The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom?

Helpfully, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom launch is at midnight in most territories. This is connected to your time zone, so it’s midnight regardless of where you live.

There is an exception though. In North America, the game is getting a simultaneous release across all time zones. This means that while players on the East Coast have to wait until midnight to play Tears of the Kingdom, players on the West Coast will get access to the game at 9pm. This means players in LA don’t have to worry about potential spoilers on social media from players in New York!

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom will be seeing a midnight launch event in the Nintendo Store in New York City. Reservations have all been taken, however, so those who weren’t able to book their place can tune into the official livestream instead.

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom releases on Nintendo Switch on May 12, 2023.

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Leigh is a staff writer and content creator from the UK. He has been playing games since falling in love with Tomb Raider on the PS1, and now plays a bit of everything, from AAA blockbusters to indie weirdness. He has also written for Game Rant and Geeky Brummie. He can also be found making YouTube video essays as Bob the Pet Ferret, discussing such topics as why Final Fantasy X-2’s story is better than people like to think.