As EA Sports keeps updating and bringing new content to NHL 21, that also means NHL 22 is looming on the horizon for later this year.
With the excitement already building, we have all of the details as the next EA Sports hockey title prepares to burst onto Next Gen consoles.
Latest - NHL 21 to join EA Play List
If you've yet to grab NHL 21, there's about to be a new way to gain access as the title is due to join EA Play as part of the service's Spring additions.
The Play List includes several titles that are available to EA Play subscribers, and NHL 21 has been confirmed as joining the subscription service this April.
New subscribers can get their first month for just 99 cents with a $4.99 monthly cost afterwards, but you can actually get a jump on things by downloading the title through EA Play now to enjoy a 10 hour gameplay trial.
READ MORE: NHL 21 headed to EA Play next month
NHL 22 Release Date
While the NHL 22 release date is to be determined, we can assume the game will be coming around September if it keeps on track with other releases from the series.
That gives us plenty of time to enjoy NHL 21, but also plenty of time to get excited about what changes EA has in store.
NHL 22 Gameplay Expectations
NHL 21 was an experience that carried over the next gen consoles but didn't offer a next gen version.
We expect NHL 22 will be optimized for next gen consoles.
Along with this, we expect NHL 22 will give some attention to game modes that NHL 21 didn't innovate as much as others, which would include Franchise Mode, World of Chel, and more.
The first thing we can expect to see about NHL 22 during its development is an Announcement or Reveal Trailer.
This would hopefully give players an NHL 22 release date, and maybe even reveal its cover star!
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This should come a couple months before release, so we'd expect this to start around July.
There are plenty of talented young prospects in hockey, and veterans that are showing up big time and time again.
And while NHL series games have regional cover stars that let fans celebrate their local heroes, one player still receives most of the cover glory (with NHL 21 picking Alexander Ovechkin).
This means the NHL 22 cover star will be a product of spirited debate until his reveal.
Some names that fans want to see as NHL 22 cover star include Connor McDavid, Nathan MacKinnon, and Leon Draisaitl.