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When Does NHL 24 Come Out?

By Swikriti Kandel / 17 August 2023 03:07 AM

First look at cover athlete Cale Makar in NHL24
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NHL 24 will come out on 6 October 2023 across Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, and PS5. The pre-order date for NHL 24 is October 3.

The upcoming video game is developed by EA Vancouver and published by EA Sports. The game series began in 1991 when NHL Hockey was released.

The last two digits of the year started to be featured on the game's name in 1993. The simulation has given pleasure to multiple hockey enthusiasts in the comfort of their homes. 

Throughout the years, multiple changes have been made to the game. The recent release, NHL 23 featured a Michigan goal and the Last Chance Puck Movement.

Likewise, same-generation crossplay was also available in the game. Despite that, the review from the fans was not as expected. IGN website rated it 8 out of 10 while OpenCritic gave a rating percentage of 70%.

NHL 24 Release Date de Sortie

NHL 24 release date is October 6, 2023. EA Sports will be releasing the game a week earlier than the projected time.

The video game was on the second Friday of October for the past 3 years. It was published in September every year from 2003 to 2019. The publish date got delayed by a month in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since then, the video game has been released on the Friday of the second week of October. The dates on which the 21, 22, and 23 versions of the game were unleashed to the public are:

  • NHL 21: 16 October 2020
  • NHL 22: 12 October 2021
  • NHL 23: 11 October 2022
  • NHL 24: 13 October 2023 (predicted)

Is Electronic Arts Downsizing?

Yes, Electronic Arts is downsizing and its effects might be felt in the release of the NHL 24. The company is set to cut its employees by 6 percent.

As per Variety, EA is set to lay off roughly 800 employees and reduce its office space. CEO Andrew Wilson revealed that they are focusing on strategic priorities for now.

Joseph Olmstead aka Jos x 10 Won The 2023 EA Sports NHL 23 World Championship
Source : twitter

Likewise, the company is set to wind down some of the projects that do not meet its strategy. This decision of the company has created panic among the NHL video game players.

Because of that, there are rumors on Reddit that the game will not be published anymore. It is not true since there are thousands of employees still working the job.

The global employee count of the company was 12,900 until 21 March 2022. So, they do not lack manpower. Besides, NHL is the only product of the company that is based on the hockey niche.

NHL 24 Cover Athlete Projections

NHL 24 cover athlete are possibly Jack Eichel, Linus Ullmark, and Jack Hughes. Amidst all these projections, Cale Makar has been announced as the cover athlete for NHL 24.

Anaheim Ducks Center was honored with the cover for his outstanding lacrosse-style goal. The scoring style was named Michigan and renamed the Zegras after Trevor.

Trevor contributed a lot as a rookie, so he got featured. Alongside him stood a Canadian national female hockey athlete named Sarah Nurse.

Sarah is the first woman in video game history to be on the cover. She is an Olympic gold medalist who has won the World Championship twice.

Jack Eichel

Jack Eichel is an exceptional forward with a glorious 2022-23 season. He won the Stanley Cup with the Golden Knights during his first postseason appearance.

Eichel received a Hobey Baker award during his freshman year in 2015. He is the second player besides Paul Kariya(in 1993) to win it in freshman year.

Jack has an outstanding record of 27 goals, 39 assists, and 66 points in 67 games of the current season. During the playoffs, he secured six goals, 20 assists, and 26 points in 22 games.

Linus Ullmark

Linus Ullmark of the Boston Bruins received the 2023 Vezina Trophy. The award is handed to the goalie who is considered best at the goaltender's position.

Ullmark became unbeatable with another NHL award, William M. Jennings Trophy, in 2023. It is provided to athletes who have played a minimum of 25 games and have few goals scored against them in the regular season.

Ullmark Pictured With His Trophies At The NHL Award Function On 29 June 2023
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Linus led the current season in wins(40), save percentage(.938), and goals against average(1.89). Similarly, he scored an empty net goal against the Canucks on 25 February 2023.

Jack Hughes

Jack Hughes is a center player and the alternate captain of the New Jersey Devils. Trained at the U.S. National Team Development Program, he was a top prospect during the 2019 NHL Draft.

Hughes signed an eight-year extension contract with the Devils in 2021. The season gave him a breakthrough, although he missed 17 games. He was the first player from his class to be selected for NHL All-Star Game.

Jack recorded career high goals(43), assists(56), and points(99) in the 2022-23 season. He led the Devils to 52 wins, which is the highest recorded to date.

Is NHL 24 Cross Platform?

Yes, NHL 24 is cross platform. It means that the players can compete with other players who play on the same console generation.

NHL 24 on XBox Series and PS5 players can contend against each other. However, they can not play on the same team since cross-console invitations are not supported.

NHL 24 on PS4 players can play against Xbox One players similarly. These two devices have the same console, which allows players to compete against each other.

NHL 24 on PC is less likely to be available. None of the NHL games have been available on the PC since 2009. Despite that, fans still keep an eye if the game development company surprises them.

The new version of the game will come with updated features and a smooth user interface. The attributes which might be added in the upcoming version include player creation, roster update, and more.

NHL 24 Ratings [Team and Players]

The number projections are based on the ratings from the 22 and 23 versions.

Connor McDavid was leading both times with his hockey skills. So, he will also be on the first rank for the upcoming video game rating.

Auston Matthews, who was in the fifth position in 22, is ranked second in 23. He is also set to be on the top 10 list of high-rated players.

Connor McDavid Earned The Most Valuable Player Of The Year Title In 2023
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Here are the projected ratings for the top 10 teams for the upcoming version of the game.

PlayerOverall Rating (OVR)
1. Connor McDavid95
2. Leon Draisaitl94
3. Auston Matthews94
4. Nathan McKinnon94
5. Sidney Crosby93
6. Jack Eichel93
7. Cale Makar92
8. Andrei Vasilevsky92
9. Patrick Kane91
10. Roman Josi91

The projected overall rating for teams includes Bruins on top. The Carolina Hurricanes and the Colorado Avalanche follow it.

Avalanche was the Western Conference's champion in the Central Division and was ranked 4th in NHL 23. The 2023 Stanley Cup winner Vegas Golden Knights is assumed to be in the top ten list.

The predictions for NHL 24 team rating based on the 2022-23 standings and NHL 23 records are as follows:

Some FAQs

When will NHL 24 come out?

NHL will come out on 13 October 2023 based on past projections.

When did NHL 23 come out?

NHL 23 came out on 11 October 2022.

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