NHL 23 is just over the horizon, and a few lucky fans could get a chance to play well before it arrives.
With the Technical Test now official, here's everything we know about how fans can participate in the NHL 23 closed beta.
NHL 23 Technical Test confirmed, how to sign up for the closed beta
Ahead of any cover athlete or trailer reveals, they've dropped new details about the upcoming NHL 23 Technical Test.
With the help of NHL Community Manager Clappy, the NHL 23 Tech Test was announced on Twitter with it set to begin in late August.
As it has been in other years, this will be a closed beta with a limited amount of fans that sign-up receiving a code.
On top of that, this is a "CONFIDENTIAL" technical test with any sharing or capture of video, screenshots, or anything from the beta is strictly prohibited and could result in revoked access or long-term bans.
The registration also appears to confirm PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S as the only platforms for NHL 23 as you have to choose at sign-up, but it's always possible EA has other platforms in mind that won't be included in this beta.
If you're ready to sign-up, head to the official NHL 23 Technical Test page here, sign in with your EA account, and then submit your registration.
Expected NHL 23 Beta Start Date, game modes
We'll get more details as the closed beta arrives, but looking back at the NHL 22 Technical Test can help us know what to expect.
Last year, the Tech Test started on Monday, August 30, 2021, and we expect similar timing with the NHL 23 beta release date likely being Monday, August 29, 2022.
As for game modes, it can vary year to year, and at tech test launch last year they only had World of Chel in the spotlight.
However, it's not uncommon for EA to do a closed beta with limited game modes only to unlock more after the beta has gone live.
However, we may not see Franchise or a Career Mode, as they could be saving those reveals for launch.