Announcing EA Sports NHL 23, releasing worldwide on October 14th on PS4 and PS5. Today, we’re excited to share the first new gameplay details for this year’s game, the game modes you’ll be able to enjoy, and how we’re reworking the game’s presentation to make it as realistic as possible for on-ice play. .
First, we’re excited to announce this year’s cover athletes!
Anaheim Ducks center Trevor Zegras, one of the NHL’s brightest young talents, graced the cover of NHL 23 alongside Canadian forward Sarah Nurse. Both of our cover stars are making huge breakthroughs: The Nurse is the first female player ever to be featured on an official NHL worldwide game cover, and Zegras is one of the youngest players to ever appear on the cover. These are two of hockey’s biggest stars and we’re excited to feature them on this year’s cover.
We’re also excited to announce that we’re introducing mixed male and female teams to Ultimate Team this year, allowing you to create a true dream team within your HUT roster. Now let’s move on to the gameplay improvements we’re introducing this year and since we’re talking about Ultimate Team…
Game Mode Updates
Ultimate Team is getting some great updates, including a rotating HUT Rivals playlist and three additional tiers of win and streak rewards. Build your franchise dynasty with even more ways to customize the league you’re going to dominate with your team.
More opportunities on the stick, more danger in the net
From Stumbling Action, which creates the last shot from virtually nothing, to Loose Puck Play, which turns loose pucks into flashy shots, you’ll have an even better chance of achieving glory in any game situation. But the same applies to your opponents: the goaltender’s improved artificial intelligence makes it even harder to get the puck into the net.
For the first time, cross-platform matchmaking will be officially coming to NHL 23 with an update coming later this year. Join your friends and take to the ice against players from all over the world in Ultimate Team and World of Chel. The shorter the queues and the more players, the more games and more competition!
Customize and choose from all-new Stanley Cup victory celebrations, post-goal light shows and team animations. Get even closer to reality with on-ice predictions for national teams, NHL teams and more. The new Crowd Engagement Score algorithm also enhances the atmosphere with realistic crowds that react to everything that happens on the ice.
Pre order* NHL 23 X-Factor Edition for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 by September 16 to receive the HUT Team Builder Choice Pack (2 of 32) in addition to all other pre-order rewards:
- double entitlement
- 3 day early access
- 4600 NHL points
- X-Factor Women HUT Choice Pack (1 of 4)
- HUT X-Factor Player Choice (1 out of 18)
- HUT X-Factor Power-Up Starter Pack (Instant)
- 5 unlockable World of Chel X-Factor Zone abilities (instant)
- Signature Sarah Nurse World of Chel Jersey (Digital)
- Be A Pro X-Factor (2) Slots Unlock, XP Increase and Bonus Trait Points
* Conditions and restrictions apply. See here for details.