EA posted their NHL 23 presentation trailer earlier today along with a new deep dive blog filled with more details. A Stanley Cup celebration will be featured in NHL 23 where players can pick who receives the Cup next as sparklers and confetti are let off.
Upon passing the cup, players will be prompted with a pop-up asking: “Who do you want to pass it to next?” Based on 65 complex stories that are accurate to your team, commentary will justify your selection. If you choose to play an NHL player or create one of your own, you will see your player’s name etched into the Stanley Cup after your team photo is taken.
The gameday atmosphere has been upgraded with updated Hat Trick celebrations, revamped crowd reactions, on-ice projections, stadium improvements and more.
NHL 23 will also feature higher resolution ice so that it appears crystal clear on 4k televisions. And now, ice will be displaced throughout the game – accumulating on the sides of the goalie, boards and many parts of the rink in relation to areas of the ice that see the most skating. And finally, the ice has improved reflections from stadium lights and the jumbotron.
Characters in NHL 23 look more lifelike than ever before thanks to improvements such as oil on the face, skin shading, and general likeness enhancements. During a game, sweat and oil accumulate on the skin and reflect light across the skin, simulating mild exertion. In addition to this, NHL 23’s presentation with more accurate character appearance is enhanced with life-like reflections from lights.
NHL 23 releases on October 14 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The EA Play NHL 23 trial is scheduled to arrive on October 11.
The NHL 23 X-Factor Edition arrives three days earlier and will include the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 or Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S versions of the game. It also comes with the following items:
- 4600 NHL Points
- One HUT X-Factor Player Choice Pack
- HUT X-Factor Power-Up Starter Pack
- X-Factor Women’s HUT Choice Pack
- Five World of Chel X-Factor Zone Ability Unlocks
- Two Be A Pro X-Factor Slot Unlocks
- XP Boost and Bonus Trait Points
- Signed Sarah Nurse World of Chel Jersey
NHL 23 brings fans new levels of authenticity with gameplay improvements that include over 500 new last chance playmaking animations, living arenas and atmosphere, deep franchise-mode customization and new ways to play HUT, including the addition of IIHF Women’s National Teams in HUT, allowing the best women’s and men’s players in the world to compete on one lineup.