EA has finally confirmed the rumors that have been going around about National Hockey League not being available for the new console generation this year. While Madden, FIFA, NBA and UFC will be appearing on the Xbox One and the Playstation 4 as per usual, NHL 14 will only be arriving on the Xbox 360 and the PS3.
The statement from EA reads as follows:
NHL 14 will not be available for Xbox One or PlayStation 4 this year. Our team is laser-focused on delivering the greatest hockey experience to-date on the Xbox 360 and PS3, grounded in the speed, skill, and aggression of the sport. We look forward to developing a best-in-class hockey experience for new platforms in the future.
I suppose that if EA was going to sacrifice a game for this season, NFL would be the most logical choice, being the least popular of the series (outside of Canada). From what we know of the upcoming NHL 14 it seems they’ve really put a lot of work into improving it.
Voting is still going on for the NHL 14 cover art, so you might want to head on over to the voting page and select which athlete you want to represent the sport this year.
NHL 14 is currently set to hit Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on September 10th in North America and September 13th in Europe.