EA Sport's NHL 22 has been treated to its first reveal trailer, featuring impressive graphical enhancements and the confirmation of the game's release date.
Finally, after a new generation of consoles, a new Madden release, and the development of a brand new graphics engine, EA's NHL franchise is making the jump to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S. The game's first reveal trailer, released less than 24 hours ago at the time of writing on the official EA SPORTS NHL YouTube account, is generating some massive hype from fans over all the new features.
Even better: they know when they'll be able to play them.
When is the NHL 22 Release Date?
Players will be able to enjoy NHL 22 on Oct. 15, 2021, according to EA Vancouver. It is currently available for preorder.
Registration for a technical beta test have officially closed at the time of writing. Those who signed up should be receiving their invitations soon. It will release on the PlayStation 4/5 and Xbox One/Series S|X.
The game will run on a new engine, Frostbite, as opposed to the older engine known for running other EA Sports titles, Ignite. Both generations of consoles will receive the same version of the game with forward/backward compatibility and full similarity. This breaks with tradition of other sports games as most next-generation releases typically offer something extra.
Regardless of console choice, thanks to Frostbite, players will be able to enjoy graphical enhancements the likes of which haven't been seen in EA's NHL series. Everything from notably shiny and "slick" ice to reworked player models and shading will appear on screen in remarkable detail, the studio says — from "every stitch" in a player's jersey to every frosty particle kicked up by a short stop.
Gameplay will also see a great improvement with the inclusion of Madden NFL's Superstar X-Factor abilities. When compounded by the visuals offered by Frostbite and the newly redesigned graphic alert system, it's no wonder players are eager to skate onto the digital ice.