NHL 22 is ready to get the hype train rolling finally with news pouring out ahead of a hopeful release date announcement at EA Play Live.
Here's everything we know so far about the NHL 22 release date and exactly when fans might get to experience it themselves.
Latest - Beta leaked ahead of EA Play Live
With EA Play Live looming next week, we've finally got some NHL 22 news as the beta has reportedly leaked according to the Twitter account @PlaystationSize.
Little is known so far, but the beta is apparently code-named Water Buffalo on PS4, and the counterpart for PS5 has been spotted with the name Ackee Beta.
While details past that are still scarce, it could be a sign a reveal is just over the horizon, with next week's EA Play Live looking like the most likely time for the title to be announced.
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.
This will be perfectly timed for a July reveal at the peak of hockey action with the Stanley Cup champion being decided.
That reveal could come at the Stanley Cup Finals themselves or EA Play Live scheduled just weeks later.
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 Early Access
EA NHL games come with several editions offering different rewards. This includes some extras for those who pre order the title.
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.
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 working with next gen hardware 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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