19 Aug 2021 7:18 PM +00:00

NHL 22 skates into Next Gen on PS5

NHL 22 is ready to bring the long standing hockey game into a new era this year, so PS5 users should start getting excited for what is the series' first next gen release.

We've got our NHL 22 cover athlete and our reveal trailer! So far, the game looks incredible and we can't wait to share it with you.

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NHL 22 is looking to bring key updates and features to the PS5, so let's get you up to speed on everything there is to know.


LATEST - Familiar face becomes a 2-time cover athlete

We had our own speculations as to who we thought would end up gracing the cover of NHL 22, but we didn't expect this fan-favorite.

This Toronto Maple Leaf Center was the cover athlete of NHL 20 and is back to shine on the cover again. Check out the NHL 22 covers below!

The NHL 22 Standard Edition and X-Factor Edition cover
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NEW COVERS: The NHL 22 cover for each edition of the game

Auston Matthews is a favorite around the league and definitely a great choice to be on the cover, we just didn't expect him to return so soon.

Along with the cover athlete reveal, we also got our first trailer for the game. For more on what was revealed today, head here!


Release Date

We finally have a release date for NHL 22, the official release date is October 15, 2021, and it will launch on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, and PS5 that day.

We had been waiting for more news surrounding NHL 22 and got a huge drop of news on August 19th, 2021. We now know the release date, the cover athlete, and can place a pre order.

An image of the Pittsburgh Pirates in NHL 22
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HIT THE ICE: Skate into the future on next gen in NHL 22

The game typically came out in mid-September pre-pandemic. Perhaps, the reason for the later release this year was due to them taking more time getting the game ready for next gen systems.

Price on PS5

Next gen versions of the title will have better graphics, cool new features, and improved game modes, so prepare for a steeper price on those consoles.

Kings defensemen handles the puck in NHL 22.
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PAY FOR AN IMPROVED GAME: Next gen fans will likely pay $70 for their copy of NHL 22.

The current gen version should carries the usual $59.99 price tag for the Standard Edition The next gen Standard Edition costs $69.99.


NHL 22 on PS5 is priced significantly higher for the X-Factor Edition of the title.

The X-Factor Edition costs $99.99 but comes with a ton of rewards if you pre order. If you're looking to find out the rewards that come along with the pre order for each edition, head here.

NHL 22 Pre Order

NHL 22 on PS5 is now available for pre order! With the release date set for October 15, 2021, placing a pre order of the X Factor Edition will get you three days of Early Access.

We expect to find out more in regards to gameplay when the Closed Technical Test goes live, hopefully at the end of the month.

We have some links you can use if you're looking to pre order NHL 22 already, some of these have discounted rates as well for EA Play members.

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