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NHL 15 features revealed


EA Sports blew the door off its hinges on Monday morning, releasing a bevy of new information regarding NHL 15. From the new trailer to the cover vote to the NBCSN integration, EA Sports didn’t hold back much in terms of day one information.

They also decided to release a robust list of features coming to the game making it’s next-gen debut on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this fall.

12 Player NHL Collision Physics: For the first time in any sports game, real-world physics affects every player through every on-ice collision with the new 12 Player NHL Collision Physics. Utilizing the power of the next generation consoles, and building off the critically-acclaimed NHL Collision Physics system, every player on the ice is governed by physics at all times.  Feel the hard-hitting chaos of NHL hockey through true-to-life secondary collisions, net scrambles and player pileups, capturing the desperation of every shift.

Real Puck Physics: The puck is one of the most complex items in the game to authentically replicate and it finally gets its due in NHL 15. Completely rebuilt puck physics result in a more realistic feel to every puck interaction.  Everything on the ice, including the ice surface itself, is live which leads to the unpredictable and authentic puck spins, rolls and bounces seen in a real NHL game.

Authentic Player & Equipment Models: The Next Generation Hockey Player has been rebuilt from the ice up. Now player models have three distinct layers – the body, equipment, and jersey.  Each layer interacts independently, making every contact with the puck or other players even more realistic.  Dynamic cloth technology adds an extra layer of realism as it reacts to the player’s movement as they explode up the ice, helping bring the speed of the game to life.

Detroit jersey -- NHL 15

Detroit jersey — NHL 15

Unprecedented Player Likeness: Powered by the same technology that brought the most realistic representation of the athlete to EA SPORTS UFCNHL 15 delivers groundbreaking player likeness, emotion, and animation.  From the strides a player takes to get up the ice to the emotion on their face after scoring a game winning goal, the players are as real as they’ve ever been.

Superstar Skill Stick: Now all the tools of an NHL superstar are in your hands. The revolutionary Skill Stick has evolved to give even more control to the player. Protect the puck, receive passes without breaking stride, and discover an arsenal of sweet new dekes, all with an intuitive right stick control scheme that is easy to use but packed with depth.

Authentic Arenas: There is no feeling like being there, and we are giving you the best seats in the house.  The power of the next-gen consoles finally allows the NHL franchise to capture every detail of an NHL arena.  Unique arena elements from 19,000+ seat capacities to lighting and player entrance tunnels are captured with a level of detail not possible on the previous generation.  Now those home games will truly feel like home.

New Commentary Team: New voices for a new generation. NHL 15 welcomes the NBC Sports commentary team of Mike “Doc” Emrick and Eddie Olczyk to the broadcast booth. TSN analyst Ray Ferraro will provide game insights at ice level.  Combined with Real Life Broadcast Integration that will feature real-world pre-game video commentary with Doc and Eddie set against in-game visuals, NHL 15 takes a revolutionary step forward in sports videogames; where the lines between the real world of sport broadcast and the game are blurred.

NBC Sports Game Day Presentation: The most realistic broadcast package in a video game to-date is possible because of a new partnership with NBC Sports.  Set the scene with the NHL on NBC crew welcoming you to the city during the game intros and immerse yourself in an experience that matches what you see on television with NHL on NBC graphics and branding.

Living CrowdsNHL 15 sets a new standard in videogames with over 9,000 individual crowd models with 4x the animations of previous generations.  Take a look through the glass and you’ll see fans hold up signs with your name on them, costume wearing superfans, or even sections full of team rivals rooting against you.  Feel their behavior change after dropping the gloves, landing a big hit, or scoring a clutch goal.  The crowd is alive.

Vision AI: An elevated level of player intelligence, Vision AI features evolved awareness with players reading and reacting to potential plays.  Scoring area recognition, pass anticipation, and enhanced team breakouts all improve the flow of the game.

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  • Saul Liebmann

    this looks cool but does not set it apart from the other games

    • Sean Sadler

      did u read the article?

  • MrJohnDoe

    How about those Whalers and Brass Bonanza? Gotta put Hartford in, with the Mall, since EA is detailing every arena!

  • Patrick Sullivan II

    Customizable controls would be great. I’d love to pass the old school way (A on Xbox respectively) but have the capabilities to do everything else that you lose when switching to the hybrid controls (stick lift, line change, protect puck). I hate that each year they are punishing people who can’t get down with passing with a trigger more and more.

    • http://about.me/daniellui Daniel Lui

      I think passing with the trigger would actually be less confusing than passing the old school way (by using the A button as you mentioned) because it may initially be a little confusing to use the trigger to pass the puck but over time, the player will remember that the trigger is to pass. For example, I got a copy of NHL 14 for my XBOX 360 and I was new to EA’s NHL franchise for the XBOX 360 and it took me almost half a month or so to fully get used to most of the controls and now, I’m pretty much used to most of the controls with the exception of the control for stick lift and dekes which I still find hard to get used to.

      • Patrick Sullivan II

        I’ve been giving it a whirl since the change was introduced in 09 (I believe). Every year I try to make the switch. It’s just not comfotable for me. it’s easy to say “oh just learn how to do it” but in a game with so much technology and detail, one would think they could make a customizable control set an option. If I recall, on PS2 NHL games, you used to be able to do that. Or at least make a classic type control set with all the advnaced defensive moves and ability to change lines. I don’t go with the old controls bc I’m some crappy player shooting with X or B, I just am a much better player passing with A than the right trigger. If I could pass with A and do everything else that I can’t do on that control set now, I would probably consitently win at this game, whereas now I still do win quite a bit, but could definetely be better.

        • http://about.me/daniellui Daniel Lui

          Fair enough but at the end of the day, I guess it all comes down to personal preference of the player. That being said, I think the best way to appease everyone in regards to control options is to pre-arrange one set of controls and then allowing the player to modify the control buttons to their liking as was available in the NHL games that were available for the PC. Now, I didn’t pay much attention to this but I’m not sure if the controls customization option was available in NHL 14 but if it was, I hope they carry it over to NHL 15.

          • Patrick Sullivan II

            It was not available. It used to be available on the PS2 and XBox games but never on the 360 (and I assume PS3 either). Seems like it wouldn’t be hard to implement.

          • http://about.me/daniellui Daniel Lui

            Like I mentioned, I know the controls customization option was also available on the PC version of the NHL games that EA made like NHL 06, NHL 07, NHL 08 and NHL 09.

  • R Jordan Leavitt

    crowds are live? will pheonix and floridas be empty?

  • http://about.me/daniellui Daniel Lui

    I wonder if EA will make NHL 15 available for the XBOX 360 as well instead of just making it available for the XBOX One and PlayStation 4 as mentioned in the article above. However I’m thinking that’s unlikely to happen.

    • Mike Straw Jr.

      It will be on all four consoles

      • http://about.me/daniellui Daniel Lui

        Which four consoles are we talking about? XBOX One and PlayStation 4 are going to see a copy of NHL 15 come out for sure. So, you’re saying XBOX 360 and PlayStation 3 will also be supported consoles? If so, that will be exciting to look forward to.

        • Mike Straw Jr.

          Xbox One, PS4, PS3 and Xbox 360

          • http://about.me/daniellui Daniel Lui

            Okay, well in that case, NHL 15 will definitely be worth looking forward to.