16 Jul 2021 8:57 PM +00:00

NHL 22 beta code-named Water Buffalo has leaked

NHL 22 has been extremely quiet in recent months, but that could all be about to change with a potential beta.

With EA Play Live just days away, a new leak may give us a clue that major NHL 22 news for a beta or more are on the way.

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NHL 22 beta code-named Water Buffalo has leaked

Fans of the long running EA Sports hockey gaming franchise haven't gotten much of any news about the upcoming NHL 22, but that's finally beginning to change.

According to the Twitter account @PlaystationSize, a beta for NHL 22 has been spotted for PS4 with an initial size at nearly 28gb.

EA Sports is apparently using the delightfully fun code-name Water Buffalo, a not-so-subtle nod to the classic Loyal Order of the Water Buffaloes that Fred Flintstone belongs to in The Flintstones.

The image above is the beta icon spotted on PS4, so just a taste of what NHL 22 branding might look like when the title is finally revealed.

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Additional PS5 beta confirms first next gen NHL title

In addition, another report by @PlaystationSize just dropped for NHL 22 on PS5, where it's apparently been dubbed the "Ackee Beta," and the NHL 22 beta has a download size there of nearly 38gb so far.

First off, this has confirmed the already suspected news that NHL 22 will be the first title in the series to come to next gen platforms.

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However, the biggest potential piece of this news is that the beta may go live on both current gen and next gen consoles, which would be different than how EA Sports has handled others this year.

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Madden 22 had a closed beta which we got to participate in, but it was only available on next gen platforms, though the title itself is still releasing on current gen.

You can find our Madden 22 beta review here to see how that experience went, and we're hoping to find out more and potentially participate in the NHL 22 beta as well when it's announced.

EA Play Live arrives next week

While nothing is official, it's looking increasingly likely that we'll hear more about NHL 22 during EA Play Live.

The event is scheduled primarily for a main show on July 22, 2021 at 10am PT, and you can watch that live right here with the video below.

On top of their main show, EA has also chosen to do a Spotlight Series with several other events.

Next up we've got a Madden 22 All-Access event on July 19 looking at the addition of Scouting to Franchise Mode this year, and you can find more details about that here.

FIFA 22 is also scheduled to have an event on July 20 taking a closer look at next gen gameplay and the ways HyperMotion technology is fueling this year's game.

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