As the NHL season is now in full swing, the excitement is already building for EA Sports to release NHL 22 later this year.
EA chose not to target Next Gen consoles with NHL 21, but that likely won't be the case for NHL 22. When can you expect the title to land on your consoles in 2021?
Latest - NHL 21 headed to EA Play
If NHL 21 hasn't yet been able to garner your attention and make you decide to purchase the title, you'll have a new way to gain access next month.
EA Play continues to add new games to their subscription service, and NHL 21 is now slated to be part of their Spring additions.
New subscribers can get their first month for just 99 cents with a monthly cost of $4.99 after that, but you can download the title now to start with a 10 hour gameplay trial.
NHL 22 Release Date
NHL 22 has no official release date yet, but we can assume it will come out around September based on previous releases.
That is if development isn't delayed as COVID-19 continues to cause issues with the video game industry.
NHL 22 Demo
If this NHL 22 release date window holds up, we can expect an NHL 22 demo to release in July.
We can also expect an EA Play Trial offering 10 hours of non-restricted early access NHL 22 gameplay leading up to launch day.
NHL 22 Prerelease Early Access
EA NHL games come with several editions offering different rewards. This includes some extras for prerelease orders.
While the standard edition of NHL 22 will likely not have many prerelease extras, the next higher tier editions will likely offer days of NHL 21 early access for players to enjoy.
This will follow up on the 10 hours of gameplay offered by the NHL 22 EA Play Trial.
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NHL 22 Next Gen
EA decided that NHL 21 would not be developed with a next gen edition in mind.
That will likely change with NHL 22, and a full development cycle with next gen hardware in mind should do amazing things for the series!
With this in mind, we have very high hopes for what EA can do with NHL 22 on next gen consoles.
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