NHL 22 has officially launched!
So, with players already getting stuck into the new title, check out all the details on how to download the game below.
Latest news - NHL 22 OUT NOW!
So, head to your consoles' store and get stuck into the brand new game today!
NHL 22 Release Date
The official release date for NHL 22 is October 15, 2021.
While some other games have followed a September release window, it looks like October will be the new norm for the EA Sports NHL series.
The timing lines right up as the NHL season is set to begin on October 12, 2021, and that's the same day when pre order Early Access will go live for NHL 22.
There were some worries about a delay with the ongoing global pandemic continuing to affect game development, but things appear to be right on track for NHL 22.
Pre Order Early Access
If you don't want to wait for October 15 to arrive, there is a way to hit the ice even earlier if you place the proper pre order.
While Early Access won't be available for the Standard Edition, anyone who pre orders the NHL 22 X-Factor Edition will get three days of pre order Early Access.
That means you'll get to start playing NHL 22 on October 12, 2021, the same day that the NHL season gets rolling.
X Factor Edition Early Access
While players have already had the opportunity to test out this year's release with the NHL 22 Trial, which is still available and offers 10 hours of unrestricted gameplay, it's almost time for the full title to be made available.
While the official release date is still a few days away, the NHL 22 Early Access Release Time is almost upon us for those who placed a pre order for the X Factor Edition.
If you were hoping to hit the ice early with Pre Order Early Access on October 12, it's only available for those who have already put in their Pre Order for the NHL 22 X Factor Edition.
Platforms & Price
With NHL 21 being released only on current gen, this will be the first game in the series to jump to next gen.
The NHL 22 Standard Edition will be $59.99 on Xbox One and PS4, while it will be $69.99 on Xbox Series X|S and PS5.
Players can also pre order the NHL 22 X-Factor Edition for $99.99, and it will include a series of bonuses including Early Access, several in-game rewards, and Dual Entitlement for the game on both current and next gen.
If you're ready to place a pre order today, you can follow the links below to do that (including discounted links if you're an EA Play member):
- NHL 22 Standard Edition on Xbox One
- NHL 22 Standard Edition on Xbox One (EA Play Members)
- NHL 22 Standard Edition on Xbox Series X|S
- NHL 22 Standard Edition on Xbox Series X|S (EA Play Members)
- NHL 22 X-Factor Edition on Xbox One & Xbox Series X|S
- NHL 22 X-Factor Edition on Xbox One & Xbox Series X|S (EA Play Members)
Trailer & Cover Athlete Revealed
Here's the official NHL 22 reveal trailer, and you can watch the gorgeous next gen gameplay right here as they show off the Frostbite Engine!
Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs was on the cover of NHL 20, and he returns as the face of NHL 22!
Following that early glimpse, we also got a more extensive Gameplay Trailer later which included some of our first looks at NHL 22 in action.
Be A Pro Deep Dive
One of the most entertaining modes in NHL 22 is Be A Pro, this year the popular game mode received a massive overhaul bringing in more customization.
Most of you already know about the X Factors coming to the game, but with the addition of the Archetype, X Factors are more unique to the way you play.
Not only is Be A Pro covered in this deep dive, but also the new Roster Sharing and Franchise Mode.
Check out our review on the NHL 22 Franchise Mode reveal by heading here.
NHL 22 Hockey Ultimate Team reveal
The last reveal for NHL 22 before the release date was a deep dive on HUT 22 or Hockey Ultimate Team.
We got an in-depth look at Rivals, HUT Champions, HUT Coins, and the role that X Factors will play in HUT 22. Check out the deep dive below!
We did our own countdown to the reveal detailing some of the aspects that we had hoped to learn about. To read that and prepare for the NHL 22 launch, follow this link.