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EA Play Live could provide first look at NHL 22

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Players will likely see the first NHL 22 trailer premiere at EA Play Live, and we now have an official date for the show!

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E3 is scheduled to take place on June 12, but sports gamers will have to wait for EA Play Live kicking off on July 22.

With another year of polish added to Sony and Microsoft's newest hardware and software, this year's EA Play Live should provide an exciting look at the next EA Sports titles.

Latest - EA Play Live 2021 Date Confirmed

EA Play Live 2021 will take place on July 22, 2021, per EA's social feeds. The date for the event is pushed back further than usual this year, but will allow for EA Sports titles to stand alone apart from their E3 counterparts.

According to EA's official Twitter feed, this year's EA Play Live will be a standalone event.

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When will EA Play Live take place?

As a separate event, EA Play Live will take place on Saturday July 22, 2021.

E3, the preeminent annual EA event, will begin on June 12, and run to June 15.

How to watch?

A live stream of EA Play Live will launch on all of EA's social feeds, including YouTube.

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Anticipation is building as the idea of new reveal trailers for EA Sports titles like NHL 22 will be unveiled at the event. Other titles such as FIFA 22, and Madden 22 will also likely see a lot of coverage at the event.

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NHL 22

EA Live Play is generally the first look we get at NHL 22, and that will likely remain status quo for this newest installment of the franchise.

As previously stated, with Sony's PS5 and Microsoft's Xbox Series X/S having another year of refinement under their belt, we'll likely see new next-gen features added to sports titles like NHL 22.

Based on previous releases, it seems likely we'll see NHL 22 release in relatively the same timeframe as its predecessors, sometime in mid-September.

Be A Pro Mode

NHL's take on a career mode was given a long-overdue overhaul in NHL 21. The mode had been an extremely barebones, menu-centric slog for a while, and the studio took some strides to change that.

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However, more changes should still be in the works for NHL 22, as while the changes to NHL 21 were a breath of fresh air initially, they also grew tired pretty quickly.

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Franchise Mode

NHL's Franchise Mode has seen a slate of new additions from line chemistry to the addition of a coaching staff in recent years.

Alongside Owner Mode, those changes have added greater depth and customization of the Franchise Mode experience, which should continue to be the focus for EA Vancouver with their new title.

A few other very minor changes, like adding the All-Star Game, Hall of Fame lists, and tracking of individual records, a la the MLB The Show series, would go a long way to continuing to breathe new life into NHL's Franchise Mode.

Next-Gen Changes

NHL 21's jump to next-gen consoles saw a number of gameplay and aesthetic tweaks made, but as in previous jumps to next-gen consoles, we should see a greater depth of changes made as time goes on.

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With NHL 22, it should be expected that we'll see an even greater refinement and addition of new features and graphical improvements made to take advantage of what next-gen consoles can provide.

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