Auston Matthews revealed as cover star as NHL 22 enters next generation
Toronto Maple Leafs center superstar Auston Matthews has been revealed as the cover athlete for EA Sports’ NHL 22.
This is the second time Matthews has had the honor to cover the venerable video game franchise as he was also the cover star of NHL 20.
Scheduled for a release date of October 15, NHL 22 will be released on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X | S, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Here’s a little more info on the upcoming game.
X-Factors superstar arrives at CHEL
First revealed in Madden 20, Superstar X-Factors is a new mechanic coming soon NHL 22 which adds specific skills and abilities that only the best players in the game can perform.
For example, in the case of cover boy Matthews, he has an ability called “Shock and Awe” that taps into his signature, quick-release wrist that he uses to find the back of the net in real life.
“This year, Superstar X-Factors brings a whole new level of elite competition and strategy to the game, and you’ll be able to unleash my ‘Shock and awe’ ability for thrilling shots at the net,” Matthews said in a statement. .
Additionally, Edmonton Oilers star forward Leon Draisaitl has an ability called “Tape to Tape,” which mirrors his elite passing skills and will actually alter some of his passing animations and sometimes automatically do heavy passes. saucer for players if there is a stick in the way.
Additionally, Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy has an X-factor ability called “Contortionist,” which is a testament to his athletic style as a goalie and, in the game, will increase his ability to make twist saves. bodily.
These Superstar X-Factor abilities will come in two different flavors: Zone Abilities and Superstar Abilities. The difference between the two is that an AoE ability is described as a “revolutionary upgrade” that only the best players get – like Matthews’ “Shock and Awe” skill – while Superstar abilities are skills that multiple players can get. and, while powerful, does not reflect a player’s signing style in real life.
As in the Madden series, Superstar X-Factors will be interspersed across all game modes in NHL 22, including in the maps players draw in Hockey Ultimate Team, the characters you can create in World of CHEL and Be A Pro mode, as well as the franchise mode, where you can actually search for potential X-Factors in the prospects.
NHL 22 gets Frostbite upgrade
In addition to the addition of Superstar X-Factors, the EA Sports NHL franchise gets another major upgrade in NHL 22 with, finally, the game being built on EA’s much-vaunted Frostbite engine.
Now in its third generation, in layman’s terms, Frostbite is a game engine that focuses on greater visual fidelity, with Frostbite 3 particularly emphasizing higher frame rates, 4K visuals, and range lighting. high dynamic range (HDR).
It’s a big deal for NHL 22 be on Frostbite as it reflects the first time the series has been on EA’s flagship game engine, despite the fact that other franchises like FIFA, Madden and Need of speed he’s been on it for years.
“Developing NHL 22 with the Frostbite engine really allows us to take the series into the next generation,” said Clement Kwong, producer at EA Vancouver in a statement. “The visual upgrade is impressive in itself, but the Frostbite engine also gives us the power to create a lot of realism that you’ll really notice once you’ve played.”
Some of these visual enhancements that the EA Vancouver team seem particularly proud of include ‘micro details’ on the players’ uniforms to the point that you can see every stitch made on the sweater as well as the HDR lighting that plays out so much. more realistic off the ice. surface and the players themselves.
Differences between the game versions
As previously mentioned, NHL 22 will be released for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X | S as well as the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Considering the differences in raw power between the next-gen and last-gen consoles, there will of course be some differences between the two.
The most obvious is obviously that the visual aspect between the version of the game on new generation devices will be improved. While the game works with Frostbite in both versions of the game, things like HDR lighting and true 4K visuals will simply be better in machines with more powerful graphics cards and much more computer processing power. improved.
If you get a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One version of the game, however, it’s important to know that you’ll be able to upgrade to the next-gen version if you then get a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X | S after getting the game.
This upgrade will allow you to transfer some of your save file progress to the next-gen version of the game, but not all – especially in HUT – so be warned if you decide to do so.
Additionally, cross-platform cross play doesn’t appear to be supported. So if you want to play with your friends you will have to be on the couch or you will all have to get the same version of the game to play online.
It should be noted that, if you have a PS5, you can play the PS4 version of the game due to the console’s backward compatibility, so you can theoretically play the PS4 version of the game on your PS5 with other users of the game. PS4, it just probably won’t look as good as the current PS5 version of the game.