This is what you need to know about the NHL 20 release date, new NHL 20 features, and the special editions that you can choose from. We know almost everything about the new NHL game and we have a look at NHL 20 gameplay, which is enough to help you decide if you should pre-order NHL 20 or wait.
If you’re itching to play and you didn’t buy NHL 19, you can play it free right now on Xbox One or PS4 EA Access. Here’s a closer look at what you need to know about NHL 20 right now, and what you can expect from EA Sports.
NHL 20 Release Date
The NHL 20 release date is September 13th, but there are actually two others that you need to know about. The NHL 20 Deluxe and Ultimate Editions include three days of early access, so you can play on September 10th.
That’s not all. If you subscribe to EA Access, you can play five days earlier than that, starting on September 5th. EA Access is $5.99 a month or $30 a year and includes a 10% discount on NHL 20.
NHL 20 Prices
The NHL 20 price starts at $59.99, but you can pay as much as $99.99 for the most expensive option. EA offers three NHL 20 editions with the following options;
The most expensive edition may only be available on digital. You can expect some deals with EA Access, as well as other deals to help you save.
NHL 20 Editions
EA offers three NHL 20 editions this year. This is the new normal for EA sports games, and it comes down to how many Hockey Ultimate Team features you want to pay for upfront. The bonus items include;
|NHL 20 Editions||Standard Edition||Deluxe Edition||
|Digital or Physical||Both||Digital Only||Digital Only|
|3 Days Early Access to Full Game||No||Yes||Yes|
|2 HUT Diamond Choice Packs||Yes||No||No|
|5 HUT Diamond Choice Packs||No||Yes||No|
|10 HUT Diamond Choice Packs||No||No||Yes|
|World of CHEL Hockey Bags||1||2||5|
|Hometown Choice Pack||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Access to exclusive HUT Competitive Season||No||No||Yes|
|Buy||Buy on Xbox or Playstation||Buy on Xbox or Playstation|
To get some of the NHL 20 pre-order bonus items, you need to pre-order and in some cases, you need to pre-order very early.
NHL 20 Features
EA shares a collection of new NHL 20 features that players were able to test out in the Open Beta, and that you can expect to see in the game this fall. Here’s a look at the new NHL 20 features.
Speed and Shooting Upgrades with RPM – The new RPM-Tech delivers a new look to players and animations. This is most evident when you look at Superstar players with distinct swing styles. This also allows you to keep the skating pace while picking up the puck, taking shots and passing.
New Goaltender AI – Smart goaltenders will do a better job evaluating the threats and positioning to better defend the goal.
Upgraded Broadcasting – You’ll get a new play by play and new color commentary as well as upgraded scoreboards, overlays and motion graphics to bring you deeper into the game.
Hockey Ultimate Team Squad Battles – You can now play Squad Battles, a favorite mode from FIFA, that will let you compete in offline battles for big rewards. You will see squads created by NHL players, musicians, hockey influencers and superstar athletes from other sports.
Hockey Ultimate Team Icons – There are new playable hockey icons that you can collect, bringing the roster up to over 400 players.
Eliminator Mode – A new way to play NHL ONES or NHL THREES. You can play with up to 81 players in an elimination tournament to earn bragging rights.
NHL ONES Upgrades – You can now play ONES in local multiplayer.
CHEL Challenges – New weekly in-game events that you can play for rewards, character CP and other rewards.
NHL 20 Cover
The NHL 20 cover athlete is Auston Matthews of the Toronto Mapleleafs. While FIFA opts for a range of cover athletes, there is only one for NHL 20.
Matthews is a Center from San Ramon, CA and he was the 1st overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
NHL 20 Demo or Beta
The NHL 20 beta wrapped up after a short period in late July. If you didn’t get a chance to try it out, you may get lucky with a NHL 20 demo later this year, but it’s not clear if that will happen.
If there is an update we will let you know when you can play and what it includes.
NHL 20 Consoles
You can play NHL 20 on the Xbox One and PS4. Last year we only saw the NHL 19 release on these two consoles and the tradition continues.
When asked about NHL 19 coming to the PC William Ho, the Creative Director of NHL 19 told Shacknews, “We’ll see.”, but ultimately nothing ever came of that. Ho also told the publication that they are fans of the Switch, but didn’t commit.
With FIFA and Madden on PC, we were hoping to see some movement on this front, but it looks like you need to wait for NHL 21.
Play NHL 20 early
You can count on playing NHL 20 early on the Xbox One with EA Access. The paid EA Access membership includes up to a 10 hour trial of new EA games. These trials typically start five days before the first release date. That means you could be able to play NHL 20 as early as September 5th. EA Access is $5.99 a month, or you can get a year for $29.99 on Amazon or on your Xbox or PS4.
Pre-Order for HUT Bonuses
When you buy any NHL 20 edition, you get HUT bonuses. Unlike with Madden 20, EA specifically calls attention to the fact that these are pre-order bonuses.
This is specifically for the NHL 20 Deluxe and NHL 20 Superstar editions, but it could also be a part of the base edition as well. EA offers up a massive listing of warnings about these bonuses.
If you want the SuperStar and Deluxe editions and you want the full value of your bonus items, you should pre-order NHL 20 to make sure you get it all.
There are time frames where you must open the packs in order to redeem them. You don't get these all at once, and if you miss a date you lose out.
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