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NHL 21 Lays Out Schedule For Upcoming Feature News - Closed Technical Beta Pushed to a Later Date

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NHL 21 Lays Out Schedule For Upcoming Feature News - Closed Technical Beta Pushed to a Later Date

The NHL 21 team has revealed their schedule, for releasing details and new features coming to the game this year. It all starts tomorrow, as they reveal the new features coming to World of CHEL.

UPDATE: (8-27) The NHL 21 World of CHEL details will not be released today and the closed technical beta has been pushed out further.

In World of CHEL, the new Ranked Seasons allow players to compete across each of the four modes – ONES, THREES, Drop-In or Clubs – to earn rewards and play in the new EASHL Club Finals. Player and team success will be rewarded with unique gear, items and vanity sets to flaunt domination.

In September, it’s all about gameplay and Hockey Ultimate Team. Prior to its release on October 16, the NHL 21 team will discuss the new features coming to Be a Pro and Franchise modes.

NHL 21 delivers a fresh feel to the franchise with an overhauled Be A Pro mode. The brand new Be A Pro experience enhances the game’s narrative and quality of life, giving players the chance to live the life of an NHL star, both on and off the ice. Impress the front office, go early on draft day, and chase greatness as players earn a spot on the first line, compete for the Stanley Cup, and become the league’s next best. Players can work their way from a chippy bottom six forward to a must-see superstar.

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Gameplay in NHL 21 has also gotten smarter, faster and a whole lot flashier with innovative moves and massive improvements on both sides of the puck. Players now have more options than ever before to take control of the game and impose their playstyle on opponents. Players can dazzle with slips, banks and chips, while pulling off some of the most recognizable superstar-inspired moves. However, players will also have to deal with improved goalie positioning and control, as netminders are adapting to the game’s skill level faster than ever before with brand-new desperation moves and animations.

This year’s iteration also takes HUT, the game mode that allows players to create their fantasy lineup of NHL players, alumni, and icons, and compete with them online, to the next level with HUT RUSH. HUT RUSH is a streamlined version of HUT that lets players jump into HUT games quickly, rack up achievements, and unlock rewards by scoring with style. With a scoring system that rewards skill and creativity, HUT RUSH will provide plenty of cannot miss moments.

Additionally, Franchise Mode adds an exciting experience for one of the marquee events of every season: the Trade Deadline. Players will feel the pressure of the approaching deadline with real-time updates that lead to important decisions on which players to target and trade for. Just like the real trade deadline, the market value of players will fluctuate as the day goes on, and live trade alerts will move rapidly via the trade deadline ticker.

NHL 21 is scheduled to release on October 16 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 with Alex Ovechkin on the cover. We posted our breakdown and analysis of the NHL 21 reveal trailer here, just in case you missed it. The NHL 21 closed beta starts on August 28, featuring Online Versus and World of CHEL.

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  1. EA has lost it's way and creates the same the same product year over year. The NHL series has regressed significantly. Player models and graphics are mediocre at best. The game play is laughable, neutral zone play is still a joke. The NHL 2K series games from 2008 and 2010 play way more authentic than this cash grab product. This year's supposed trailer is a highlight reel. Now you give some sort of marketing plan to show off your features. Fire the marketing department, it's a joke.
    I remember being at the dealership to buy a car. The guy, for some reason, kept going on and on about how many cup holders the vehicle had.
    This is how I feel about most of what this title is rolling out...
    I said it once and I'll say it again. GARBAGE!
    EA you need to fire the entire team working on the game and hire someone new to lead the way. We're getting the same garbage year in and year out. Both gameplay and franchise modes need a revamp. I've been purchasing your games for more than 10 years now. Last year was the first time I didn't buy your NHL game. The trend will continue this year after seeing your trailer and hearing a little more about the game. You're only alienating your long time fans of the game and losing customers. WAKE UP!!!
    Travolterjohn
    Never tried. Do not want to play. I am not a Hipster. Only need a good Franchise mode and nothing else.
    I feel the same way. Maybe be a pro once in a while. I hear you can't start in junior. That's a major drawback.
    First off, *These dates are subject to change*??? They don't even have a date. They have a vague timeline.
    I'm not a marketing expert, but I'm assuming that pre-sales are very important to companies that create video games. From that, who is really going to be foolish enough to go out and pre-order a copy of this game when you're not even going to hear about 2 of the 3 main modes in the game talked about until *Early October* (which is subject to change...)?
    I'm optimistic because it kind of appears as though franchise mode will have it's own day, but even that is vague. "An new, exciting trade deadline!". Didn't we have that a few years ago?
    Man, I hate ranting, and try not to because there are so many who already say what most of us are thinking, but really, how can a company be so blatantly oblivious to their consumer base?
    "Players can work their way from a chippy bottom six forward to a must-see superstar."
    This is proof that they literally don't even have a clue how hockey and player development work. There's not a superstar in the league that started out as a "chippy bottom six forward." You're either a high-end skill player or an energizing grinder type. There's not a single player that starts his career as an energy-bringing 4th liner that stays in the league by hustling and winning puck battles, and then magically develops an elite set of hands and turns into a 110 point scorer that avoids contact and physical play. Try following hockey, EA.
    KoryDub
    So much salt in these threads.
    Just be optimistic yo.

    Absolutely no reason to actually be optimistic.
    They've rolled out sub par releases basically this entire console generation and with a new generation about to launch, it stands to reason they've mailed it in for 2021 and already have people working on a next-gen game.
    brianski71
    "Players can work their way from a chippy bottom six forward to a must-see superstar."
    This is proof that they literally don't even have a clue how hockey and player development work. There's not a superstar in the league that started out as a "chippy bottom six forward." You're either a high-end skill player or an energizing grinder type. There's not a single player that starts his career as an energy-bringing 4th liner that stays in the league by hustling and winning puck battles, and then magically develops an elite set of hands and turns into a 110 point scorer that avoids contact and physical play. Try following hockey, EA.

    I disagree. Not every star player jumps right into the top 6.
    Edgar_Nunez
    I said it once and I'll say it again. GARBAGE!
    EA you need to fire the entire team working on the game and hire someone new to lead the way. We're getting the same garbage year in and year out. Both gameplay and franchise modes need a revamp. I've been purchasing your games for more than 10 years now. Last year was the first time I didn't buy your NHL game. The trend will continue this year after seeing your trailer and hearing a little more about the game. You're only alienating your long time fans of the game and losing customers. WAKE UP!!!

    Please be aware while critiquing is fine, try to avoid saying stupid stuff like "fire the whole team" etc. Thanks. There's a level of discourse we try to maintain, and inflammatory dumb stuff like that doesn't help any portion of the forum or conversation.
    brianski71
    "Players can work their way from a chippy bottom six forward to a must-see superstar."
    This is proof that they literally don't even have a clue how hockey and player development work. There's not a superstar in the league that started out as a "chippy bottom six forward." You're either a high-end skill player or an energizing grinder type. There's not a single player that starts his career as an energy-bringing 4th liner that stays in the league by hustling and winning puck battles, and then magically develops an elite set of hands and turns into a 110 point scorer that avoids contact and physical play. Try following hockey, EA.
    Claude Giroux is about the closest guy I can think of
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    Sports gamers are among the easiest to fool so they deserve to be taken advantage of, until they finally open their eyes and realize that they have been getting continually shafted for years by EA. Do yourselves a favor and don't buy this game and stop supporting EA. Maybe if we all did this it will hurt EA in game sales and it will get them to do something about it.
    Edgar_Nunez
    Sports gamers are among the easiest to fool so they deserve to be taken advantage of, until they finally open their eyes and realize that they have been getting continually shafted for years by EA. Do yourselves a favor and don't buy this game and stop supporting EA. Maybe if we all did this it will hurt EA in game sales and it will get them to do something about it.

    That’s exactly to do. Otherwise we never will become a good Hockey game. No Hockey game is better than a worse one.
    Travolterjohn
    That’s exactly to do. Otherwise we never will become a good Hockey game. No Hockey game is better than a worse one.

    I never thought about becoming a hockey game. But why not, could be fun.
    scitychamps87
    Claude Giroux is about the closest guy I can think of
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    Brad Marchand is probably the closest example, but he's the exception not the norm. I think the original point about players not going from grinder to skilled is mostly fair from an archetype POV. Now if the premise is going from bottom six to top six ROLE, then I think there's mileage in that. And based on the little released this far, possibly what EA is getting at with earning ice time and special teams roles. It'd be cool to play a lot in the AHL only to get called up and get 10 minutes a night in the NHL.
    A good Roster will come out only at the end of January till mid Feb cause about this AHL waiver. ( AHL Season starts mid December ). So no reason to buy this game on release date for Franchise Player only. If, it will be enough to buy as used from private. I doubt that Roster sharing will be in at 21.

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