We can say goodbye to the PS5 and Xbox Series X versions of NHL 21, and thanks to the coronavirus, this generation’s game will also be delayed.
The current console game will be compatible with the new systems though through compatibility options.
Although it may seem that the worst of the pandemic is behind the video game industry, the truth is that some titles still continue to pay the consequences of the global health crisis and the most recent example of the havoc is NHL 21, which was just announced by a short delay for your traditional release schedule that will send it from September to October; but also an exclusive focus on the current generation, leaving the versions of Xbox Series X and PS5 for the following year, although NHL 21 will be compatible with the new systems.
We have had to make major adjustments when developing the game
EA Canada clarified that the transition to teleworking was favorable, but not enough to avoid impact on the development cycle. “This year has been filled with extraordinary circumstances and we have had to make major adjustments in developing the game from home. The transition has been very successful and we are pleased to say that the game is on track and complete from our original vision, we just need a few extra weeks to polish, sharpen, and fix bugs, the studio explained.
The studio anticipated that the first look at the game will be in late August but explained that migrating to new technology would have been very demanding in terms of resources, so they focused on innovating and adding new features. “They will still be able to play NHL 21 on next-gen consoles, through compatibility, but we’re totally focused on launching NHL 21 on Xbox One and PS4 and we’re excited about the opportunities that next-gen systems will bring in the future.”
This decision seems to be coming from June, as NHL did not appear in the EA Sports trailer that the publisher presented. Of course, most fans reacted negatively to the news, taking advantage of the occasion to voice dissent about the franchise’s recent approach and highlight differences in size between the development teams dedicated to FIFA and Madden and the one who works on the NHL saga.
The exact release date for NHL 21 is unknown. Madden, on the other hand, is coming on August 25 after a serious scandal, while FIFA is coming on October 21.
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