The digital pre-orders for the numerous editions of the upcoming NHL 21 video game went live earlier today for Microsoft’s Xbox One family of consoles and they were accompanied by an EA announcement confirming that no native Xbox Series X version is being made.
“For NHL 21, we made the decision to focus on adding innovation and new features rather than the resource-heavy task of porting the game to new console technology,” the official statement reads. “You’ll still be able to play NHL 21 on the next-gen consoles through forward compatibility but we are fully focused on launching NHL 21 on the Xbox One and PS4 and look forward to the opportunities the next-gen systems will bring in the future.”
The lack of a native Xbox Series X version shouldn’t be that devastating to fans of the series. As the statement confirms, the Xbox One version will be playable, like most Xbox One video games, on the next gen console. The Xbox One version will also support 4K Ultra HD when played on an Xbox One X (and the Xbox Series X) so gamers will still be getting a premium experience.
No official NHL 21 video or imagery is available just yet though. Fans will need to wait until August for the title’s official, full reveal.
NHL 21 is available in a Standard Edition, a Deluxe Edition, and an Ultimate Edition. Pre-ordering each version will unlock one, two, or five in-game Unlocked Hockey Bags respectively while the Deluxe and Ultimate Editions will also include a HUT Cover Athlete Choice Pack (Choice 1 of 6) and three days of early access.
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