NHL 23 announced
Extra animations, cross-play, and women's team players added this year
Electronic Arts has announced NHL 23, coming this October.
There are two cover athletes for NHL 23 - Anaheim Ducks phenom Trevor Zegras and Canadian professional hockey and women’s national team member Sarah Nurse, the first woman to grace the cover of EA SPORTS NHL.
IIHF Women’s National Team members can now play alongside men in a Hockey Ultimate Team (HUT) lineup. After their introduction last year, national teams will continue to play a prominent role in NHL 23, as national team players will have both base and master items incorporated into HUT events.
For the second year, the EA SPORTS NHL franchise returns to the Frostbite engine. It promises new OT Winner, Hat Trick and Shootout celebrations, new Crowd Awareness and Moment to Moment Reactions, a new series of Last Chance Puck Movement gameplay animations, loose puck plays and enhanced goalie AI.
NHL 23 also promises the introduction of cross-platform matchmaking, currently planned for November 2022. The launch of cross-platform matchmaking across same-generation consoles for World of Chel and HUT will shorten queue times and create fewer player pools. Also following a November update, players who start playing NHL 23 on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One will be able to transfer their HUT Team value and progress to the next generation of their respective console platforms.
Fans can pre-order The NHL 23 X-Factor Edition that includes cross-gen entitlement, three days of early access, 4600 NHL Points, one HUT X-Factor Player Choice Pack, HUT X-Factor Power-Up Starter Pack, X-Factor Women’s HUT Choice Pack, five World of Chel X-Factor Zone Ability Unlocks, two Be A Pro X-Factor Slot Unlocks and XP Boost and Bonus Trait Points, and a signed Sarah Nurse World of Chel Jersey.
Developed by EA Vancouver and EA Bucharest, EA SPORTS NHL23 will be available on October 14, 2022 on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
NHL 23 announced