06 Oct 2021 10:33 AM +00:00

NHL 22 Early Access: Pre Order now to play before the release date

For those of you that are excited to play NHL 22, we've got great news. Along with more gameplay reveals and ratings, we've learned how you can get early access to NHL 22.

Even better news, it won't cost you very much to get to play NHL 22 early! EA is pulling out all the stops to get you playing the next NHL installment.

We've got all the information on Early Access, EA Play, Pre Orders, and more right here!

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Pre-Order NHL 22 Standard Edition for PS4, PS5, and Xbox at Amazon

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NHL 22 Early Access

NHL 22 is right around the corner, with the official NHL 22 release date is set for October 15, 2021 - so lace up your top ice hockey skates and practice some moves you want to try in the game at your nearest venue.

That being said, players that are hoping to get their hands on it before the release date can join EA Play for early access, but that's not the only way to do it.

Auston Matthews in NHL 22
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HIT THE ICE: Get an early start in NHL 22 with EA Play

By subscribing to EA Play, players will get the chance to start playing on October 7th, 2021, that's a week before the official release date!

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Release Date

As stated above, the NHL 22 release date is October 15, 2021. However, highlighted above is the way you'll be able to play NHL 22 a week early.

The other way you'll be able to play NHL 22 earlier is by placing a pre order on the X Factor Edition of NHL 22. That will give you three days of early access.

X Factor Connor McDavid in NHL 22
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X FACTORS: Experience hockey like never before in NHL 22

The best way to play NHL 22 early is by getting an EA Play subscription and we'll show you how to do that below.

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EA Play Discount & Trial

So you've decided that you want early access to NHL 22, but don't know how much it's going to cost you to do so.

The great news is that EA Play has a promotion going on right now where PlayStation and Xbox users can pay just 99¢ to sign up! To sign up for EA Play, follow this link!

You'll get to join in the NHL 22 trial on October 7, even before Early Access, and even get a discounted rate the full game, which is a win for everyone!

Through EA Play, the price for the Standard Edition of NHL 22 on PS4 / Xbox One is $53.99 and for next gen the Standard Edition is $62.99.

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How to Pre Order NHL 22

You'll only be able to get early access through the NHL 22 X Factor Edition if you decide not to subscribe to EA Play.

Both the Standard Edition and the X Factor Edition offer some awesome rewards that you'll be able to claim once NHL 22 goes live.

NHL 22 image from gameplay trailer
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OCT. 15: The NHL 22 release is only a few short weeks away!

Here are some links to help you pre order NHL 22, some of which have discounted rates for EA Play subscribers:

Microsoft Store

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Amazon

PlayStation Store

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Best Buy

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Pre Order Rewards

After you've placed your NHL 22 pre order you'll likely wonder what rewards you'll be receiving. This will depend on which edition you purchase, but each of them comes with perks.

For the Standard Edition of NHL 22 you'll receive:

  • Up to 2 HUT Diamond Player Choice Packs (1 per month for 2 months)
  • 5 World of Chel X-Factor Zone Ability Unlocks (Instant)
  • Be A Pro X-Factor Slot Unlocks (2), XP Boost, and Bonus Trait Points
  • 1 Unlocked Hockey Bag
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For the X Factor Edition of NHL 22 you'll receive:

  • Dual Entitlement
  • 3-Days Early Access
  • Up to 10 HUT Diamond Player Choice Packs (2 per month for 5 months)
  • HUT X-Factor Player Choice Pack (2 of 25)
  • HUT X-Factor Power-Up Starter Pack (Instant)
  • Up to 4 HUT X-Factor Power-Up Packs (1 Per month for 4 months starting Nov. 2021)
  • 5 World of Chel X-Factor Zone Ability Unlocks (Instant)
  • 5 Unlocked Hockey Bags
  • Be A Pro X-Factor Slot Unlocks (2), XP Boost, and Bonus Trait Points