NHL 23 Early Access Release Date & Time

When does NHL 23 early access start? The release of EA SPORTS NHL 23 is just around the corner, and fans of the most popular hockey simulation can’t wait to lay their hands on the game. And if you are a hard-core fan, you’ve probably bought the X-Factor Edition edition, which will grant you early access to the game. Our guide outlines the exact NHL 23 Early Access start date and time.

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NHL 23 Early Access Release Date & Time
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When Does NHL 23 Early Access Start

EA SPORTS NHL 23 is set to be released officially on Friday, October 14th 2022. However, as it has become a tradition with high-profile AAA games, NHL 23 also comes with an early access period. Of course, you’ll need to pay extra for that privilege. Namely, you’ll have to purchase the NHL 23 X-Factor Edition, which is priced at $99.99. Among other benefits, it also comes with a 3-day early access period. Thus, the early access period kicks off on Tuesday, October 11th. Here are the exact early access start times for all major regions, per EA:

  • Europe – 12 am CEST
  • The UK – 12 am BST
  • US East Coast – 12 am ET
  • US West Coast – 12 am PT

Once the early access kicks off, if you own the X-Factor Edition of the game, you will be able to download the game immediately and start playing it three days early. The dates and times are the same on both PlayStation and Xbox consoles. Asides from the early access period, here are other bonus features you’ll unlock with the X-Factor Edition of NHL 23:

  • NHL 23 for both current and old-gen consoles (PS5/PS4 or Xbox One/Xbox Series X/S)
  • HUT X-Factor Player Choice Pack
  • 5 WoC X-Factor Ability Unlocks
  • 4600 NHL Points
  • X-Factor Women’s Choice Pack
  • Signed Sarah Nurse Jersey (Digital)
  • 3-Days Early Access

You should be able to get access to all bonus content immediately when early access starts. With that said, that’s all you need to know about it. If you have any questions, share them with us in the comments!

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