NHL™ 21

EA Swiss Sarl
PS4
  • PS Plus required for online play
  • In-game purchases optional
  • Supports up to 12 online players with PS Plus
  • Online play optional
  • 1 - 4 players
  • PS4 Pro enhanced
  • Remote Play supported
  • DUALSHOCK 4 vibration

Release Information

Platform:
PS4
Release date:
16/10/2020
Developer:
EA Vancouver
Publisher:
Electronic Arts
Genre:
Sports
Game overview

Recognize Greatness in EA SPORTS NHL 21.

In EA SPORTS NHL 21, it’s the most creative, inventive and fearless players that are worth celebrating. Carve your path to superstardom in an expanded Be A Pro mode and go down as one of the league’s greatest. On the ice, change up your attack with all new moves, dekes, dangles and evasive manoeuvres, inspired by the league’s most ground-breaking innovators. Recognize Creativity, Recognize Revolutionary, Recognize Future. NHL 21. Recognize Greatness.

Key features

Gameplay & Presentation

Gameplay in NHL 21 has gotten smarter, faster and a whole lot flashier. With innovative moves and massive improvements on both sides of the puck, players have more options than ever before to take control of the game and impose their playstyle on opponents. Recognize Revolutionary with Gameplay in NHL 21.

Superstar-inspired innovation

Find yourself behind the net and catch the defence sleeping? Scoop up the puck and tuck it under the bar for a jaw-dropping Michigan. Break the goalie’s brain with Kucherov’s nodeke deke. Score from an impossible angle with an insane between-the-legs one-timer just like Matthew Tkachuk. Shake off a pesky defender by banking the puck off the back of the net to create space, just like Sid. Each of these iconic moves created an unforgettable hockey moment; create your own in NHL 21.

Superstar-inspired innovation

Find yourself behind the net and catch the defence sleeping? Scoop up the puck and tuck it under the bar for a jaw-dropping Michigan. Break the goalie’s brain with Kucherov’s nodeke deke. Score from an impossible angle with an insane between-the-legs one-timer just like Matthew Tkachuk. Shake off a pesky defender by banking the puck off the back of the net to create space, just like Sid. Each of these iconic moves created an unforgettable hockey moment; create your own in NHL 21.

Slips, banks and chips

NHL 21 revolutionizes neutral zone play with the addition of slips, banks and chips. Get small and slippery along the boards as you squeak by a defender’s check. Bank the puck off the boards and around your opponent or use the back of the net to do the same. Or just chip the puck past a flatfooted defenseman and burn him on your way to the goal.

Improved AI hockey IQ

AI has been optimized to make sure that your teammates can break out on their own and hit you with a pass in stride so you can keep driving to the net. In addition, they’ll be better positioned and more open to the net for passes in the O-zone. On the other side of the puck, defensive AI will work harder to slow down the opposing team in the middle of the ice and block passing lanes when defending.

Gamesaving goalie desperation

Great goaltending is born out of calculated athleticism - being in the best position to make the stop, while having the athletic ability to quickly shut the door on an unexpected opportunity. New desperation saves and animations mean that you’re never out of it — there’s always a chance to make a jaw-dropping, acrobatic stop — even against your momentum.

Improved goalie control and positioning

Goaltending controls have been reworked to use the right stick for more of your movements, making user controlled goalies more fluid and tactile.

AI goalies are smarter when it comes to positioning — they’ll adjust and square up to the shooter’s approach angle to give themselves the best chance of making the stop.

Key features

Main game modes

World of Chel

World of Chel makes it easier than ever to jump in, and play solo or connect with friends on your way to wins and rewards. This year, we’re introducing Ranked Seasons — where you’ll compete across each of the four modes to earn rewards and play in the new EASHL Club Finals.

Be a Pro

A brand new Be A Pro experience gives you the chance to live the life of an NHL player, on and off the ice. Impress the front office, go early on draft day, and chase greatness as you earn your spot on the first line, compete for the Stanley Cup, and become the league’s next best. Recognize Future with Be A Pro in NHL 21.

HUT

HUT is an NHL® 21 game mode that allows you to create your fantasy lineup of NHL players, alumni, and icons, and compete with them online. Create your squad, collect rewards and become the Ultimate Team.

Player safety and reporting

Hockey is for everyone — that’s why NHL 21 will feature our most advanced and seamless tools for reporting players and teams who have team names or engage in behaviour that is racist, xenophobic, homophobic, or sexist.

It will be easier for players to report toxic behaviour and assist us in removing the content and banning the offending players.

  • Players in World of Chel will be able to report offensive player/goalie names and club names from any leaderboard in the mode. 
  • HUT players will be able to report offensive HUT teams in any leaderboard.
Buy digital

Available on PlayStation Store

Editions

NHL™ 21

  • NHL™ 21

NHL™ 21 Deluxe Edition

  • NHL™ 21
  • 10 HUT Premium Packs
  • HUT Cover Athlete Choice Pack
  • XP Boost, Bonus Trait
  • 2 Unlocked Hockey Bags

NHL™ 21 Great Eight Edition

  • NHL™ 21
  • 16 HUT Premium Packs
  • HUT Cover Athlete Choice Pack
  • XP Boost, Bonus Trait
  • 5 Unlocked Hockey Bags

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    Platform:
    PS4
    Release:
    15/10/2020
    Publisher:
    EA Swiss Sarl
    Genre:
    Unique
    Voice:
    English
    Screen Languages:
    Czech, English, Finnish, French (France), German, Russian, Swedish
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