NHL 22 was the first entry in the ice hockey series to use the Frostbite engine across all platforms, which seems especially impressive given that the game would have been developed through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Next up for the long-running annual series is NHL 23 and players will no doubt be keen to know what advances the game is making to help propel the series to new heights. Sure, NHL 22 looked significantly better thanks to authentic player animations and improved visual upgrades, but it’ll be intriguing to see what else the next game can do to innovate the series beyond simply looking more realistic.
For everything we know so far about the game, including the all-important details on when we can expect to see it launch and who the cover star could be, read on.
The Stanley Cup Finals have just concluded and Colorado Avalanche are the new National Hockey League champions, but we’re still without any information about the next NHL game.
As we’ve alluded to, an October release date seems pretty nailed on, so it can’t be long until EA announces the new game and gets the hype train chugging along.
At the time of writing there is 101 days until our predicted launch date of October 14, 2022. So you would have to assume they’ll start gearing up for the launch sometime soon. We think we’ll be getting our first details in July, so stay tuned for all the big news and reveals as they drop!
NHL 23 Release Date
At the time of writing EA Sports and the development team at EA Vancouver have not announced a release date for NHL 23.
However, we already have a pretty solid idea of what we can expect to see EA Sports NHL23 release this year.
If you want to get an idea of when the previous games have released, take a look at the table below. As you can see, the game had previously launched in September for a number of years. But more recently EA Sports have shifted to an October launch date.
We expect the team to do the same this year, which would suggest another October release.
Assuming EA follows a similar pattern, EA Sports NHL 23 will be released on October 14, 2022.
|Game||Reveal Trailer||Release Date|
|NHL 19||21 June 2018||14 September 2018|
|NHL 20||20 June 2019||13 September 2019|
|NHL 21||26 August 2020||13 October 2020|
|NHL 22||19 August 2021||15 October 2021|
When will the NHL 23 Trailer be revealed?
Well, you probably have a bit of time to wait. As noted in the table above, in more recent years we’ve normally seen the game’s official reveal trailer released in August, a few months ahead of the game’s eventual release.
At the time of writing, it’s slowly approaching the start of July, which would lead us to believe the reveal will not arrive in June 2022. So keep your eyes peeled for an official reveal in August 2022.
NHL 23 Price and Platforms
We’re once again expecting to see NHL 23 released on PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S.
Last year EA Sports charged two different price points for the game’s Standard editions. On PS4 and Xbox One the game cost £59.99 whilst PS5 and Xbox Series X|S cost £69.99.
We would imagine the game will once again continue to charge the same price point for NHL 23, as nothing much has changed since the release of the last NHL 22 game.
Will NHL 23 release on PC?
It’s once again looking unlikely we see the game on PC platforms for another year, unless EA Sports decides to surprise fans.
For those wondering, EA Sports hasn’t launched a version of the NHL series on PC in over a decade and there’s little to suggest they’ll change their stance now.
NHL 23 Cover Star
Who is gonna be on the cover of NHL 23? Last year the Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews secured his second NHL Cover, joining the likes of Chicago Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews (NHL 11, NHL 16) and Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin (NHL 07, NHL 21).
Will Matthews grace the cover for a third time? It might sound crazy but looking at his stats it’s not the craziest suggestion. In the 2020-21 season Matthews scored 41 goals. In the most recent season he improved, scoring 60 goals across the 73 game season. Unbelievable.
EA did cheekily tease that they’ll have to stick Matthews on the cover again in a tweet back in April, but we think the chances that it happens in back-to-back years seems slim.
So expect to see a new cover star. But who could it be? It’s hard to make any predictions with any certainty, but for now we’ll stick to the obvious candidates who made the game’s NHL Team of the Year, which included the following players:
- Connor McDavid – Edmonton Oilers – Forward
- Connor McDavid – Colorado Avalanche – Forward
- Connor McDavid – Boston Bruins – Forward
- Connor McDavid – Tampa Bay Lightning – Defence
- Connor McDavid – New York Rangers – Defence
- Connor McDavid – Tampa Bay Lightning – Goaltender
Looks like we're gonna have to put him on the cover a 3rd time 🎮🧢
Congrats to @AM34 on 60 Goals as well as 26 Million #NHL22 Goals 🏒🥅 pic.twitter.com/EJZXHhVbYs
— EA SPORTS NHL (@EASPORTSNHL) April 27, 2022
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