After a return to form on PlayStation 4 last year, NHL 22 will make the transition to both the PS5 and EA’s signature Frostbite engine – with a first trailer scheduled to debut tomorrow, 19th August. Early details leaked online confirm that the title will be adding Superstar X-Factors first introduced in Madden NFL 20, which it promises will allow you to “feel the personality and power of NHL superstars with an all-new ability system that unlocks the unique skills of the league’s most elite players”.
In the publisher’s American football game, top players like Patrick Mahomes get buffs once they fulfil specific gameplay challenges, such as completing consecutive 10 yard passes without being sacked. It's a system similar conceptually to the Takeovers in NBA 2K as well we suppose.
HUT, the franchise’s unique version of Ultimate Team, will also return, as will the series’ popular World of CHEL. It’ll be interesting to see how the title leverages Sony’s next-gen DualSense controller, because all of the ice skating systems in Astro’s Playroom felt absolutely sublime, and we’d expect similar implementation here. It does look like Microsoft has the marketing rights to this title, though, so it’ll be fascinating to see just how heavily the team at EA Sports dig into the controller’s capabilities.