NHL 21 Preorder Launch Guide: Bonuses, Release Date, And More

NHL 21 launches tomorrow, October 16. This is a month after the series’ usual release dates, which might disappoint players who were hoping to get their annual hockey fix last month, but if you already know you’re going to pick it up on PS4 or Xbox One, NHL 21 preorders are available now for multiple editions ahead of release.

NHL 21’s cover athlete is Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin. One of the best players in hockey, Ovechkin previously appeared on the cover of NHL 07. EA has outlined a handful of changes for the gameplay and modes. The Be A Pro story mode will have more storylines and a streamlined menu system. The World of Chel mode will feature ranked seasons along with a free skate and practice mode. On the gameplay side of things, EA has added more skill moves to give players more versatility.

GameSpot editor Eddie Makuch recently previewed the revamped career mode and found that it takes big strides in the right direction.

We do know that NHL 21 won’t get a next-gen release on PS5 and Xbox Series X. That’s a departure from other upcoming EA Sports titles like Madden NFL 21 and FIFA 21. However, it will be backward-compatible on PS5 and Xbox Series X.

Three different editions will be available at launch on PS4 and Xbox One.

NHL 21 Preorder Bonuses

If you preorder any edition of NHL 21, you’ll get a pretty neat bonus dubbed NHL 94 Rewind. The throwback mode lets you play as modern players and teams with the graphical style and gameplay of NHL 94. The mode won’t be available at launch, but you can start playing NHL 94 Rewind on October 30. You can also get some goodies for Ultimate Team if you preorder any edition of the game.

Preorder NHL 21 standard edition | $60

NHL 21’s $60 standard edition is available to preorder in physical and digital formats, and you’ll get two bonuses with your preorder: two Ultimate Team Diamond Player Choice Packs (one per month for two months) and one Unlocked Hockey Bag (filled with cosmetics).

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Preorder NHL 21 Deluxe edition | $80

NHL 21’s Deluxe edition costs $80. While we imagine it will be available in physical and digital formats, it’s only available to preorder digitally right now. It comes with the following bonuses:

  • Five HUT Diamond Player Choice Packs
  • One HUT Synergy Veteran Choice Pack
  • HUT Cover Athlete Choice Pack (pick one of six)
  • Two Unlocked Hockey Bags
  • Three days early access

Digital:

Preorder NHL 21 Ultimate edition | $100

NHL 21’s $100 Ultimate edition will be available in physical and digital formats for PS4 and Xbox One. It comes with a bunch of bonuses:

  • 10 HUT Diamond Player Choice Packs (two per month for five months)
  • One HUT Synergy Veteran Choice Pack
  • HUT Cover Athlete Choice Pack
  • Five Unlocked Hockey Bags
  • Three days early access

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