Article Originally written by: clappy_NHL
Link to Original Article: https://forums.ea.com/en/nhl/discussion/262359/nhl-21-closed-technical-test-update-august-30th#latest
Let us start off by saying thank you for your support during these extraordinary circumstances, we’re thrilled to have finally shared a first look into NHL 21 with you. Now we’re excited for you to get hands-on with NHL 21 starting with our Closed Technical Test which will be available this Monday.
One of the biggest challenges we’ve had to face developing the game from home is our ability to stress test servers as well as the need to address any critical launch feedback from the community.
We’ve had to adapt our testing strategy given the WFH constraints meaning a Technical Test for the game is more important than ever. This Closed Technical Test gives us a chance to ensure we launch NHL 21 with the highest degree of stability and polish possible.
The Closed Technical Test will give us more time to act on your feedback before we release the game in October. That’s our #1 goal with this, to make sure community feedback is at the forefront as we head into the final stages of development.
Because this is truly a Technical Test, versus betas run in previous years, the experience will be less representative of the final game and we need to make it closed; meaning registrants are not permitted to upload any capture (screenshots or video) or stream the game. Participation is completely voluntary and you should feel free to give us your feedback through the Answers HQ, EA Forums and on Reddit so that we have the opportunity to address potential concerns before launch. We will be activity reading and listening to what you are saying throughout the entirety of the Technical Test.
Online Versus and the World of Chel will both be available to play during the Closed Technical Test. Be sure to try out Practice Mode with your buddies or Free Skate around with your player and test out some of the new traits we’ve made available. The Club Finals Championship will also be active during this time, earn Rank Points by competing against other clubs in either 3v3 or 6v6 and climb the leaderboards to earn the top spot.
Finally, there’s a lot of new features in NHL 21 that are not playable in the Technical test. Below is a roadmap of when you’ll get to see and hear more about all of them.
Thanks again and we’ll see you on the ice Monday!
Check in on the official NHL 21 website for more info to come soon on all the gameplay features, new modes, and more. We’ll be rolling out even more details about the changes and features coming to gameplay in Mid September.