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So, the date for release is August 24th. Does that mean I need to wait until 12:00 On the 24th where I am (Chicago so Central Standard Time) or is it Midnight August 2th in the UK  (Making it 6 PM Central Time)? Just wondering if I can get some racing in Thursday...

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schurgy16 said:
So, the date for release is August 24th. Does that mean I need to wait until 12:00 On the 24th where I am (Chicago so Central Standard Time) or is it Midnight August 2th in the UK  (Making it 6 PM Central Time)? Just wondering if I can get some racing in Thursday...
It's always midnight UK time wherever that is in your part of the world I don't know but generally that's when it unlocks.

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schurgy16 said:
So, the date for release is August 24th. Does that mean I need to wait until 12:00 On the 24th where I am (Chicago so Central Standard Time) or is it Midnight August 2th in the UK  (Making it 6 PM Central Time)? Just wondering if I can get some racing in Thursday...
It's always midnight UK time wherever that is in your part of the world I don't know but generally that's when it unlocks.
I think the game goes live 11 am New York

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Are you on PC or on console? For PC I don't know but on console it unlocks on midnight your time or if you have account from different region, then it's midnight of that accounts region. 

Sorry if I didn't explain it good enough, this sounds complicated. :D

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Ho3n3r said:
It's midnight for wherever you are.     
Source? And on what platform?

For mine on Steam I expect to be playing at 9:30am Friday morning if it is indeed a midnight UK release.

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Ho3n3r said:
It's midnight for wherever you are.     
Source? And on what platform?

For mine on Steam I expect to be playing at 9:30am Friday morning if it is indeed a midnight UK release.
My own experience, and others I know in other countries.

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PSN unlocks at midnight of region of sale, Steam has a global unlock time which I believe is midnight UK time or CET, can't remember which one.

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Ho3n3r said:
Ho3n3r said:
It's midnight for wherever you are.     
Source? And on what platform?

For mine on Steam I expect to be playing at 9:30am Friday morning if it is indeed a midnight UK release.
My own experience, and others I know in other countries.
I was wrong here. Looking at last year's Discord messages, I can see it was stating my local time, until it got to midnight, and then it went over to UK time.

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Gregmom said:
Are you on PC or on console? For PC I don't know but on console it unlocks on midnight your time or if you have account from different region, then it's midnight of that accounts region. 

Sorry if I didn't explain it good enough, this sounds complicated. :D
for PC in the UK it's always midnight because in the past because I'm a bit of a night owl I've always played for a couple of hours or so before going to bed. Although because I'm holding off this year in getting it I won't be doing that.

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I ordered from cd keys, they say I should get the key a bit before reslease day. Guessing that’s for the pre-load then it’ll be ready at 12:00AM Friday via steam?

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ilikefast said:
I ordered from cd keys, they say I should get the key a bit before reslease day. Guessing that’s for the pre-load then it’ll be ready at 12:00AM Friday via steam?
They better give the code before the release day or else I am not going to able to play it straight away as my internet is dire. If I can get the code a day early I may be able to get the download half done then use my mobile data for the rest.

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CDKeys have already sent out their pre-order codes so if you haven't already, check out the download link in your initial email and it should be there.

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I've got my copy yesterday! Pity that i didn't had the time to install so i could check if i could play before release.

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I've preordered on the PS4 - can confirm the countdown is for midnight local time so hopefully will be able to play once the clock ticks over local time (Australia)

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I ordered a hard copy of the PC version because I am old school and it was cheaper than on Steam.

It arrived today. The game is spread over 4 disks. I have started the installation process and entered the steam verification code but now it is stuck on the 'Preload' dialogue box and just says...

Creating local game files...

Preparing F12018 files for install.

Does this mean I have to wait until release at midnight for the game to start downloading? Or is my installation just stuck? 

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cjhill said:
I ordered a hard copy of the PC version because I am old school and it was cheaper than on Steam.

It arrived today. The game is spread over 4 disks. I have started the installation process and entered the steam verification code but now it is stuck on the 'Preload' dialogue box and just says...

Creating local game files...

Preparing F12018 files for install.

Does this mean I have to wait until release at midnight for the game to start downloading? Or is my installation just stuck? 
OK so I cleared download cache which appears to have kicked the pre-load into action.

It won't release the game until release day however so you won't be able to play it until then

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