NHL 21 coming in October, no next-gen version this year | JoyFreak

NHL 21 coming in October, no next-gen version this year


NHL 21 has been delayed to October and won't offer next-gen version on PS5 and Xbox Series X this year.

A letter from EA Vancouver reads:
This year has been full of extraordinary circumstances and we’ve had to make major adjustments in developing the game from home. This transition has been very successful and we’re happy to say that the game is on track and feature-complete against our original vision, we just need a few extra weeks to do the polish, fine tuning and bug fixing. We know some of you will be disappointed by this news, but our goal with NHL 21 is to deliver an experience that will be worth the wait.

The studio promised a first-look at the game in August. The letter has also confirmed no next-gen offerings for hockey simulator this year.

The letter continued:
Another thing we’ve seen questions around is next-gen consoles. For NHL 21, we made the decision to focus on adding innovation and new features rather than the resource-heavy task of porting the game to new console technology. You’ll still be able to play NHL 21 on the next-gen consoles through forward compatibility but we are fully focused on launching NHL 21 on the Xbox One and PS4 and look forward to the opportunities the next-gen systems will bring in the future.

NHL 21 heads to PS4 and Xbox One in October 2020.


PES has done something similar so not too surprised. Hopefully they do something good for the next-generation versions and bring some great new features
Not surprised, not the type of series to make sure the game can be put onto another system so quickly. Just better for them to make it next year.


It's a good decision from EA, the last two console generations they've launched with bare-bones versions of their games just so they can be on next gen ASAP, and it's backfired for them both times. Holding off for a year is a decision that makes sense and allows them to bring a fully-featured game to the table in a year.
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