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NHL 15: Multiple Modes Promised in Future Updates
Two months of update plans have been detailed by EA for its upcoming NHL 15 title. The company has also promised multiple new game modes for the latest iteration in the sports series.
Posting on the EA Forums over the weekend, a company community manager mentioned the additions that would be coming to the game post-release. This includes a playoff mode, GM draft and other changes based on community feedback.
For the month of September, the following updates will happen:
Create a custom offline tournament bracket with up to 16 teams from any of the 12 leagues in the game. Play or simulate each game and track player and team stats throughout the tournament.
Be A Pro – Coach Feedback
Get the coach’s feedback while you are on the bench. The coach will give you tips on how to stay on top of your game and grade you on your play.
3 Stars of the Game
At the end of the game, see the three stars and their high level stats. Will apply to every game mode.
Hockey Ultimate Team
Several content updates, including:
- Changed layout and navigation in HUT store
- New animations for player items
- Improved edit lines screen to better identify players that are injured or require contract extensions
Following that into October, players can expect the following two changes to happen:
Online Team Play
Online multiplayer mode where every player on the ice can be human controlled.
For the first time in the NHL franchise, you will be put on the clock and feel the pressure like real NHL GM’s. You will now only have 3 minutes to make a draft pick.
If the pressure is too much, you can also call timeouts to extend the amount of time you have to make a draft pick or potentially negotiate a trade. You can make trades at any time during the draft.
The CPU will also propose trades to each other and the user throughout the draft. Additionally, in the month of October, EA will release Online Team Play, which lets two teams of five players face off. This does not include the goalies, who will remain CPU-controlled.
NHL 15 is scheduled for release on September 9 in the US and September 12 in Europe. The release marks NHL 15 as the first EA ice hockey game to be released on new-gen hardware.