13 Oct 2020 10:24 AM +00:00

*UPDATED* NHL 21 Release Date: Early Access, News, Trailers, Xbox Series X, PS5 & more

We've gotten some insight into NHL 21 over the course of its development.

Here's everything you should know about the upcoming hockey game!

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Latest News - Early Access starts now!

If you purchased the Deluxe or Great Eight Edition, you can get playing straight away!

Enjoy your three days of Early Access before the masses join on Friday.

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Release Date


NHL 21 has an official release date of 16 October!

READ MORE: NHL 21 Closed Beta: Release date, Download, Teams, Game Modes, and more

Official Reveal Trailer

EA Play

There is sure to be a 10 hour trial on EA Play too.

READ MORE: NHL 21 Ultimate Team: HUT RUSH, Features, Pre-Order Bonuses & more

Both Madden 21 and FIFA games get this treatment, so NHL fans will get to try it first on EA Play.

No PS5 or Xbox Series X versions

NHL 21 will not be developed for next-gen consoles according to a development update from EA. This means the game will have no Xbox Series X or PS5 release.

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CURRENT-GEN EXCELLENCE: NHL 21 is making a stand on current-gen quality over next-gen exclusive features

Instead EA is focusing on gameplay features for current-gen consoles PS4 and Xbox One.

READ MORE: NHL 21 Trailer: Official Reveal, Gameplay, Cover Star & more

NHL 21 will still be playable on next-gen consoles thanks to forward-compatibility.

Franchise Mode Changes Revealed

The latest NHL 21 reveals cover the major changes coming to Franchise Mode.

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IT STARTS IN THE LOCKER ROOM: Running your NHL 21 franchise or Be A Pro career will be more in-depth than ever

This includes some sweeping changes to the trade deadline, trade value assessment, draft class customization, record keeping for stats, and more.

These follow up on a massive Be A Pro Mode trailer, which will push NHL 21's career mode to the highest standard of sports gaming today.

READ MORE: NHL 21 Closed Technical Test: Beta, Details, & more

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