Hockey fans, get ready to hit the sticks.
EA Sports’ latest NHL game, NHL 24, has been revealed, with the cover athlete released on Monday and the details of the game coming out on Wednesday morning.
There have been a plethora of in-game alterations that have been made to the game, including a revamped in-game presentation, new customizable items in World of Chel, different features that affect stamina and much, much more.
The Sporting News looks at what you need to know about NHL 24:
NHL 24 release date
NHL 24 will be released a little earlier in the calendar than previous editions but still is coming out just before the start of the NHL regular season, on Friday, Oct. 6.
NHL 24 price
- PS4, Xbox One: $59.99 (Standard edition)
- PS5, Xbox Series S/X: $69.99 (Standard edition)
The standard edition for next-gen consoles is expected to stay at the customary $69.99, with last-gen consoles and PC coming in at $10 cheaper, set at $59.99.
The X-Factor Edition is priced at $99.99.
EA Sports NHL 24 trailer
EA Sports dropped the first trailer for the video game on Wednesday, Aug. 16.
NHL 24 new features
One of the newest features in NHL 24 gameplay is the “Exhaust Engine,” a new and improved part of the game that rewards offensive possession.
Offensive teams can build up a “sustained pressure meter,” which is done through puck possession, hits and shots in the opposition’s zone. When the meter fills up, offensive teams will get an “adrenaline effect,” which increases passing speed and accuracy for up to 30 seconds. Defensive teams will have to deal with the “pinned effect,” which impacts skating. It can be countered by clearing the puck for five continuous seconds.
Goalies and their stamina will be affected by this as well, either positively or negatively. Actions that cause the goalie to tire are shots on goal, time in the zone and passes across the crease. Actions that will help the goalie recover are clearing the puck out of the zone, play stoppages and timeouts.
There also will be changes to the presentation of the games while playing.
There have been more than 75 different goal celebrations added to the game, allowing users plenty of options to properly celebrate after scoring.
Users can now add and customize player banners along the boards for specific rinks. There will also be additional camera angles available, as well as different light effects for in-between whistles. Crowds will have an enriched atmosphere that will be directly effective by results of the game, with new reactions from the crowds.
New analyst voice
There is a change to the voice that you will hear commentating games in NHL 24.
Cheryl Pounder, a former member of Team Canada and current TSN analyst, is replacing Ray Ferraro as the color commentator in the game. Her voice will be alongside play-by-play announcer James Cybulski, who replaced Mike “Doc” Emrick in NHL 20.
Ferraro had been a staple in the EA Sports NHL franchise since 2015 when he was first introduced as an ice-level reporter. He was bumped up to color commentary the same year that Cybulski took over for Emrick.
NHL 24 cover
This year’s NHL 24 cover features Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar.
Makar is the third member of the Avs to grace the cover of an EA Sports NHL game, putting Colorado in a tie with the Blackhawks and Flyers for the most player appearances from one team.
What consoles is NHL 24 on?
The following consoles will have a version of NHL 24:
- PlayStation 4
- PlayStation 5
- Xbox One
- Xbox Series X
- Xbox Series S
NHL 24 remains only available on consoles and not on PC.
NHL 24 Standard Edition vs. X-Factor Edition
NHL 24 will boast two different editions that fans can purchase: the Standard Edition and the X-Factor Edition.
The X-Factor Edition comes with three days of early access to the game. In addition, if fans pre-order by September 25, they will be given access to these other pre-order content:
|Benefits||Standard Edition||X-Factor Edition|
|3-Days Early Access||X||✔️|
|4600 NHL Points||X||✔️|
|Exclusive Cale Makar Player Item||X||✔️|
|HUT Power-Up Icon Choice Pack||X||✔️|
|World of Chel Battle Pass XP Modifier (x5)||X||✔️|