NHL 23 will be the next game in EA Sports NHL franchise, a series that has a 30-year history, spanning back to the early 1990s. NHL 22 brought a lot of change to the franchise, including a new gameplay engine in Frostbite and roster sharing. What will NHL 23 bring to hockey fans, and when will it be released to the public? There’s a bit to unpack, so let’s get into the information that you should know regarding the release date of NHL 23.
What is the release date of NHL 23?
In May 2022, Electronic Arts released its year-end financial report for the 2022 financial year. EA announced its plans for the publisher/developer’s yearly schedule in that report. The title confirmed to be released in 2023 includes the latest editions of FIFA, F1, Madden NFL, Need for Speed, and the NHL franchises. NHL will be released in Q3 of EA’s 2023 financial year, alongside the new Need for Speed game. This release period was also confirmed in EA’s 2023 Q1 earnings report.
This report put NHL 23 on a path to be released between October and December 2022. Since NHL 21 and 22 were released in October, it was fair to expect that NHL 23 will also be released during that month and coincide with the start of the 2022-23 NHL regular season.
And that will indeed be the case, as EA Sports confirmed in late August that NHL 23 will be going live worldwide beginning on October 14, for both old and current-generation consoles. Those who order the X-Factor edition of NHL 23 will receive three days of early access, starting on October 11. Also, those who have a subscription of EA Play will also be able to access a trial version of the title on the 11th.