15 Oct 2021 9:42 AM +00:00

NHL 22 Release Date: New title OUT NOW on all major consoles

NHL 22 has officially launched!

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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!

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NHL 22 is finally here, with the game available to download right now on Xbox One, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, and PS5.

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.

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HIT THE ICE: We finally know exactly when NHL 22 will arrive

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.

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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.

NHL 22 Early Access Release Time
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ALMOST TIME: The buzzer is prepped to go off for Early Access soon

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.

We've got more details here on exactly what time NHL 22 Early Access will drop and how to get the title downloaded to your console before release.

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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.

NHL 22 is set to be released on Xbox One, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, and PS5, and sadly it looks like PC gamers will be out of luck as no PC release was announced.

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CHECKED: The series will hit next gen for the first time this year

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.

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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):

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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!

We've got more details here on everything that was just revealed.

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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.

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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.

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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.