NHL 21 Demo: Beta, Release Date, Download, Teams, Game Modes, and more

When will we get a taste of NHL 21? Will EA give us a full demo, or just another beta?

Nick Farrell by Nick Farrell
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Thanks to some new updates from EA, we know that NHL 21 is not far out.

While game development has been heavily effected by coronavirus, we’re still expecting an NHL 21 demo soon enough.

Let’s go over what we know so far.

NHL 21 Release Date

Thanks to a pre-order listing on Amazon, EA has apparently confirmed the release date for NHL 21.

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That release date is 16 October, with the Ultimate Edition granting early access from 13 October.

NHL 21 Beta

NHL 20 held its beta from 26-31 July, which was around six weeks before the actual game released.

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With NHL 21’s release date of 16 October, that means the NHL 21 beta could be starting around 4 September!

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The NHL 20 demo/beta was available on PS4 and Xbox One, so we can expect the same for NHL 21.

No news yet on if NHL 21 is going to make its way to next-gen consoles. However, given the backwards compatibility of both the PS5 and Xbox Series X you will still be able to play!

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To download the demo, all you have to do is head over to the respective online stores for each console and search NHL 21!

Teams

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We do not know as of writing what teams are going to be in the demo for NHL 20.

Last year, players were able to test out most teams during the Online Versus mode!

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Hopefully, we will have the same freedom this year.

The World of Chel

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Perhaps the biggest takeaway from last year’s beta was EA’s agenda for pushing the concept of The World of Chel. Inspired from your classic pond hockey matches, this game mode is a more relaxed version of the NHL gameplay.

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Along with team competitions in The World of Chel, there was also a new game mode titled “Eliminator”. This was NHL’s version of a battle royal, where 81 players would face off 1v1 to determine the best.

Expect this game mode to be in the beta this time around as well!

Online Versus

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As apart of the demo from NHL 20, players were able to go head to head with someone online in the Online Versus mode.

You were able to check out all 31 NHL rosters here, so it was a great chance to check out all the new prospects and best players!

Be A Pro Mode

We highly doubt EA is going to let us sample Be A Pro mode during the demo!

Ultimate Team

As with Be A Pro, we do not expect we will get a chance to dive into Ultimate Team during the demo.

Nick Farrell

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