No further details were provided, so we're still waiting on an exact date, but rest assured you'll be able to check out the latest game in the series (in full) at no extra charge in a few weeks' time.
If you're a big hockey fan, don't forget that you can still play NHL 20 as part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate in the interim, along with the special release of NHL 94, which features modern rosters and Achievements.
EA Play is already confirmed to be having a big few weeks on Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, as Madden NFL 21 will arrive on the service on March 2nd, followed by Star Wars: Squadrons at some point later in the month.
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