15 Oct 2021 11:01 AM +00:00 UTC

NHL 22 Release Time COUNTDOWN: Downloads available NOW

NHL 22 has finnaly arrived as we reach the official release date.

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If you haven't yet secured your copy of NHL 22, you can do that here.

Latest - NHL 22 available to download RIGHT NOW


NHL 22 is out NOW, with the game available to download 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 Time and Date

If you're clamoring to play NHL 22, the wait is over for the game's worldwide launch and official release time and date to arrive.

The official NHL 22 release date is October 15, 2021, and we also now know that the official NHL 22 release time is Midnight ET.

NHL 22 Release Time
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ALMOST TIME: The buzzer is prepped to go off for a global release

That means the title is available from 11pm CT on October 14, 2021, at 9pm PT on October 14, 2021, and so on.


However, you could already have been playing NHL 22 if you have EA Play.

The NHL 22 Trial offers 10 hours of unrestricted access to the game, but it's only available for EA Play subscribers or those with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (which includes an EA Play subscription).

Doing this will also allow you to download the game ahead of launch, which means it'll be ready to go without the 10-hour time limit when launch time arrives for those who already have a secured pre order.

Can you use the New Zealand Time trick to unlock sooner?

One piece of the puzzle that always pops back up around the time a new game is set to release is changing your console to New Zealand Time to trigger an early unlock.

The theory behind this works for titles with a Midnight Local Time release in every area, as you can get your console to see it as Midnight Local Time in New Zealand much earlier, but comes with a risk as some players have had console issues after altering the time zone.

However, it's not an option this time, as NHL 22 is doing a simultaneous worldwide launch, meaning changing your time zone just means you get to pretend you're in New Zealand when the game unlocks at the same time as everyone else.


Last Chance to Pre Order NHL 22

If you want to get started early and snag a bunch of extra special rewards, time is almost up to pre order NHL 22.

With the game set to launch in hours, pre order bonuses are about to disappear, so it's your last chance to snag the NHL 22 X-Factor Edition for maximum rewards.

You can start playing right now completely unrestricted if you pre order the NHL 22 X-Factor Edition and snag Early Access before time runs out.

You can use the following links to pre order NHL 22 right now, including a few with discounts for EA Play members:

Microsoft Store



PlayStation Store


Best Buy


You can find more details here on the various pre order rewards that comes with the Standard and X Factor Edition of NHL 22.