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NHL 22 excitement is building for Next Gen release

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NHL 22 has the puck pointed at a release date later this year, and anticipation is continuing to build.

With official news still a bit scarce, here's what we know so far about NHL 22 and when players will be able to get their hands on the title.

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Latest - E3 2021 could bring major news

It's officially reveal season, and Summer Game Fest kicked off the celebration ahead of E3 2021.

While EA Sports is not confirmed to be on the schedule for either event, that doesn't mean they won't be making any announcements.

Check out the latest on what we could hear from EA Sports in the coming days.

NHL 22 Release Date

We don't have an official NHL 22 release date yet, but we can assume it will come out around September based on previous releases.

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That is if development isn't delayed as COVID-19 continues to cause issues with the video game industry.

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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.

READ MORE: NHL 22 is already looking to body check the Next Gen

NHL 22 Early Access

EA NHL games come with several editions offering different rewards. This includes some extras for those who pre order the title.

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GAME TIME: Once early access drops, it's time to hit the ice in NHL 22

While the standard edition of NHL 22 will likely not have many pre order extras, the next higher tier editions will likely offer days of NHL 21 early access for players to enjoy.

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This will follow up on the 10 hours of gameplay offered by the NHL 22 EA Play Trial.

READ MORE: NHL 21 January Update: 1.4.0 Patch Notes

NHL 22 Next Gen

EA decided that NHL 21 would not be developed with a next gen edition in mind.

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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.

READ MORE: NHL 21 Roster Update Introduces Rookies

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