EA Sports has revealed that NHL 21 is coming to Xbox One slightly later than usual this year in October, and a separate version won't be coming to the Xbox Series X as well.
In an article on the official EA site, it was revealed that the late release date was due to the transition to working from home, with the development team having to make major adjustments as a result:
"This transition has been very successful and we’re happy to say that the game is on track and feature-complete against our original vision, we just need a few extra weeks to do the polish, fine tuning and bug fixing. We know some of you will be disappointed by this news, but our goal with NHL 21 is to deliver an experience that will be worth the wait."
As for the next-gen versions, EA explained that it wanted to focus on adding innovation and new features rather than porting the game over, but the game will nevertheless still be backwards compatible on the new systems.
"We’re excited to let you know that you’ll be able to get your first look at NHL 21 in late August. The team is eager to showcase everything new this year and we’ll provide more details as we inch closer to reveal."
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