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Sekiro Unlock Time and Pre-Load Dates | When can I start playing Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice?

Prepare to die. But, also, prepare for the Sekiro unlock time. Being able to pre-load and play Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice early (potentially) is probably on the mind of many Soulsborne and From Software fans right now. You don’t want to miss a beat. I get that. So, when can you start playing Sekiro on launch day? Below, we’ll look into that, as well as the Sekiro pre-load dates on Steam, Xbox One, and PS4, so, at the very least, you’ll be ready for an ass-kicking ahead of time.

Sekiro Unlock Time | Can I play Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice early?

Sekiro Unlock Time

As of writing, the Sekiro unlock time has not yet been unveiled. However, we can point towards previous AAA releases as a useful barometer of when we could expect it.

With no Sekiro early access coming through pre-order bonuses or the like, we’ll very much be stuck with one just a straightforward unlock time on March 22. At an educated guess, we’re going to get one of the following: Either a blanket midnight release, no matter where you are, be it New York, California, London, or Tokyo, which would look like this:

  • 12 AM Pacific (March 22)
  • 12 AM Eastern (March 22)
  • 12 AM GMT (March 22)

Or we could get a more staggered time. That would traditionally mean those on the West Coast technically get to play Sekiro early as the Eastern timezone normally takes centre stage for launch:

  • 9 PM Pacific (March 21)
  • 12 AM Eastern (March 22)
  • 4 AM GMT (March 22)

However, this is just speculation right now. We’ll update the page when we know more, but you should feel safe in the knowledge that it’s going to drop at one of the two time windows listed above.

When are the Sekiro pre-load dates on PC, PS4, and Xbox One?

Sekiro Unlock Time

Thankfully, this one is a little simpler. You can pre-load Sekiro on PS4 and Xbox One right now. However, the PC pre-load isn’t yet available on Steam. We’re expecting it to go live at 12 PM Eastern on March 20, but watch this space.