The latest installment of the NHL franchise typically releases in the fall of every year, meaning we are getting closer and closer to the launch of NHL 21. If you’re wondering what’s going on with NHL 21, Gamepur has you covered. Here’s what you need to know about the upcoming release of NHL 21.
What is the release date?
In a letter to the NHL community on July 20, the development team stated that the game will launch in October 2020, a few weeks later than the typical mid-September release of the franchise. This change was due to development changes that were caused by the coronavirus, as the developers shifted to remote work.
On July 21, it was confirmed that NHL 21 will be released worldwide on October 16. Individuals who purchase the Deluxe and Ultimate Editions will receive three days of early access to NHL 21 beginning on October 13.
Is the game available for pre-order?
NHL 21 is available for pre-order. There are three versions of NHL 21 that players can choose from: the Standard Edition ($59.99), the Deluxe Edition ($79.99) and the Ultimate Edition ($99.99). The Standard Edition does not come with any pre-order bonuses, but the Deluxe and Ultimate Editions do. The Deluxe Edition includes two unlocked Hockey Bags for the World of CHEL, a HUT Cover Athlete Choice Pack (one of six players) and three days of early access beginning on October 13. The Ultimate Edition includes five unlocked Hockey Bags, a HUT Cover Athlete Choice Pack and three days of early access to NHL 21.
Who is on the cover?
Typically, the cover athlete for the yearly game is announced in late June during the NHL Awards ceremony in Las Vegas. That, however, did not happen this year, as the NHL Awards ceremony was postponed due to COVID-19.
EA has yet to name a cover athlete for NHL 21 as of this writing.
Have any new features been announced?
As of now, no new features have been announced for NHL 21.
Will NHL 21 be available for next-gen?
NHL 21 will be available for next-generation, but only through backwards compatibility. In the same letter to the NHL community, the developers addressed this question, stating that they have focused on adding new features rather than “the resource-heavy task of porting the game to new console technology.” So while you should be able to play the game on a Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5, an official release for the next-generation will not happen in 2020.
When will we get our first chance to see gameplay?
The NHL team has stated that gamers can expect to get a first glimpse of NHL 21 in late August.