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NHL 21 launch delayed slightly, no focus on PS5

Published: 17:43, 21 July 2020
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Writing in a recent blog post, EA Sports revealed that NHL 21 will be launching a bit later than usual, in October, and that there are no plans for an enhanced PS5 version.

"To answer the most commonly asked question first, NHL 21 will launch a little later this year, shifting from our usual September window to October. This year has been full of extraordinary circumstances and we’ve had to make major adjustments in developing the game from home", the team wrote. 

Thankfully, switching to working from home has worked great for NHL 21's dev team and they claim they're on track. In other words, all the features are in and all that's left is fine-tuning and bug fixing. 

If you're interested in when we get to see NHL 21, you'll be able to do so in late August, when the team will be posting a first look at the game. We should get more info as we get closer to the date. 

Unfortunately for those who intend to be early adopters of PlayStation 5, NHL 21 won't be getting an enhanced edition. It will be playable through backwards compatibility, but the lack of the aforementioned means you don't get a free PS5 version like the rest of EA Sports' games. 

"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."

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As a thank you for their support, the dev team gave players some HUT packs and WOC bags to NHL 20 players, which hopefully makes the wait a bit shorter. 

You can find the full post here .

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