NHL 22 will mark the franchise’s debut on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, and you may see this yr’s graphical improve in motion in its first gameplay trailer, launched Thursday by writer Electronic Arts.

Many of the visible enhancements in NHL 22 will come courtesy of developer EA Vancouver’s swap to EA’s Frostbite engine, the identical know-how that powers EA video games from Madden and FIFA to Battlefield and Star Wars. For the length of the earlier console technology, EA Sports Ignite was the engine for the writer’s sports activities video games.

The prolonged trailer focuses on parts like dynamic lighting for arenas (together with lens flares), 3D ice spray results, and an ice floor with reasonable depth and reflectivity. While these parts might be unique to the current-gen model of NHL 22, the sport may even get loads of visible upgrades on PlayStation four and Xbox One. For occasion, EA Vancouver has stated that it “completely rebuilt” dozens of participant fashions, and improved parts like eye and pores and skin shading.

“All the visual upgrades […] that just wasn’t possible with Ignite,” stated Clement Kwong, lead producer on NHL 22, in an interview with Polygon earlier this month. “We pushed Ignite to the limit of what it was capable of.”

Augmented actuality is one other main piece of NHL 22’s new look, with graphical overlays that convey related info to the participant in a really seen manner. And on the gameplay entrance, EA Vancouver has made upgrades to the sequence’ physics engine that present for extra reasonable stick physics.

The different predominant focus of Thursday’s gameplay trailer is Superstar X-Factor talents, which can give the NHL’s finest gamers a brand new technique to differentiate themselves within the sport. Check out our preview of NHL 22 for far more element on these highly effective talents.

NHL 22 is about for launch Oct. 15 on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, and Xbox One.