NHL 18

NHL 18 Box Art

NHL 18 is the latest installment in EA’s officially licensed ice hockey franchise. According to the publisher, the game comes with a number of improvements over its predecessor, such as Creative Attack controls which allow the player to execute expert plays, and their defense counterpart, Defensive Skill Stick. In addition, NHL 18 introduces 3-on-3 hockey with the arcade-inspired NHL Threes mode, which includes couch co-op and competitive online team play. It also integrates the new Vegas Golden Knights team into the Franchise mode.

Connor McDavid of Edmonton Oilers is featured on the cover of all three editions of the game, namely Standard, Young Stars, and Young Stars Deluxe. Detailed info on those after the jump.

Pre-order Bonuses

Pre-ordering the Standard Edition of NHL 18 gets you 5 Gold Plus Hockey Ultimate Team packs ($15 value, 1 Gold Plus Pack per week for 5 weeks). As usual, PlayStation Store is offering an additional bonus: an NHL 18 theme for your PS4.

Young Stars Edition

The Young Stars Edition of NHL 18 costs $79.99 and comes with the following:

  • 20 Gold Plus Packs ($60 value, 1 Gold Plus Pack per week for 20 weeks)
  • 3 Days Early Access
  • McDavid Rookie HUT Player Item
  • McDavid adidas Custom HUT Jersey
  • McDavid EASHL Celebration
  • 1 Rookie HUT Player Item From Your Favorite NHL Team

Young Stars Deluxe Edition

The Young Stars Deluxe Edition doubles the number of Gold Plus Packs you receive, which brings the price up to $99.99:

  • 40 Gold Plus Packs ($120 value, 2 Gold Plus Packs per week for 20 weeks)
  • 3 Days Early Access
  • McDavid Rookie HUT Player Item
  • McDavid adidas Custom HUT Jersey
  • McDavid EASHL Celebration
  • 1 Rookie HUT Player Item From Your Favorite NHL Team

NHL 18 will launch worldwide on September 15, 2017. Those looking to try the game early can register for the public beta, which begins on July 25. EA Access members will be able to play for up to 10 hours starting on September 7, and, as mentioned earlier, anyone who pre-orders either of the premium editions will get 3-day early access.

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