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Everything you need to know about NHL23 from the reveal trailer

The official NHL 23 reveal trailer has arrived, and here’s everything you need to know about the new game, set to release in October.

First of all, the reveal trailer offers just a glimpse of what we can expect when the game releases this fall. There will likely and hopefully be more changes to the game than the few seen in this video. But some of the new aspects of NHL 23 are pretty big.

One part of the game that wasn’t addressed in the first trailer was whether or not GM Connected would return to the game. Again, it’s the reveal trailer, but I think it’s safe to say the graphics haven’t changed much either.

But now let’s break down the trailer.

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Last Chance Puck Movement

We’ll start with the first brand new feature in NHL 23 – Last Chance Puck Movement.

In the trailer, we can see Trevor Zegras jumping for the loose puck and taking it past Jonathan Quick to the goal. It looks like that’s all – a player losing control of the puck just to dive and swipe for it – sometimes hitting the goaltender he’s up against in the process.

Previous NHL games already had a feature that allowed you to slide on the ice and swipe for the puck. This just looks like EA is trying to make it a brand new feature when it’s actually been in the game for years.

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About EA Sports:

“And now add over 500 new last-chance puck movement gameplay animations to your highlight reel, allowing you to control how a game unfolds after a contact is made at every level, from trip passes to to desperate shots from the ice.”

This was an interesting addition.

Women in HAT

For the first time ever, women will be playable on NHL 23’s Hockey Ultimate Team. Although you were able to play as women in NHL 22 through their international teams, this will be the start of them having HUT cards in play.

In fact, this is the first EA Sports video game to feature women in the Ultimate Team game mode.

This is also the first time an EA Sports game has allowed men and women to team up. The trailer says “Mixed Teams in Hut,” which later shows Sarah Nurse punching a goalie while David Pastrnak and others come off the bench to celebrate.

I believe this is one of the most exciting additions to the NHL game.

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Cross-platform matchmaking

Another first for the EA Sports NHL franchise is cross-platform matchmaking, which I and many others think should have been in the game a long time ago.

With other titles like Fortnite, Call of Duty, and Apex Legends (to name a few) having been cross-platform for years, it’s insane to think it took EA Sports this long to figure out that they’d be introduced to the NHL had to franchise.

About EA Sports:

“Cross-platform matchmaking is coming to NHL 23 in an update later this year! Compete against players of the same generation of consoles in Ultimate Team™ and World of Chel. More players mean less wait time, so you can hit the ice with less downtime.”

Nevertheless, you can play with players from other platforms in game modes like EASHL and Hockey Ultimate Team. EA Sports says the plan is to have cross-platform matchmaking in-game in November, a month after release.

I would have liked to see them have cross-platform play for all generations of consoles, similar to the bigger video games, so that’s a bit disappointing.

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Release date of NHL 23

EA Sports is now releasing two additions to NHL 23 – the Standard Edition and the X-Factor Edition. It looks like both editions will have different covers – X-Factor with the cover seen before Tuesday’s reveal trailer, and Standard with a similar cover.

NHL 23 will be available to play on October 14, 2022, but you can purchase it beforehand for some additional in-game rewards.


While it doesn’t look like EA will be changing many parts from NHL 22 to NHL 23, it’s worth noting that this is just the reveal trailer.

There will be many more trailers coming over the next few weeks, so keep an eye out for them. EA will likely show more new features as the game gets closer to its October launch.

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