First NHL 15 Details and Teaser Trailer

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Posted May 5th, 2014 at 9:00 am

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EA Sports today officially announced NHL 15 by releasing the first info on new features and accompanied that with a teaser trailer. The game is due out in September for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, 360, and PS3.

The Xbox One/PS4 version of the game will include NBC presentation, new commentary team, enhanced physics, evolved skill stick, and improved player models and crowd. The company did not specify what features, of the new ones listed, will make it to the 360 and PS3. 

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True Hockey Physics
♦12 Player NHL Collision Physics – For the first time, real-world physics affect every player through every on-ice collision with the new 12 Player NHL Collision Physics. Utilizing the power of the new 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, is live leading to unpredictable and authentic puck spins, rolls and bounces seen in a real NHL game.

The Next-Generation Hockey Player
♦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.

♦Unprecedented Player Likeness – Powered by the same technology that brought the most realistic representation of the athlete to EA SPORTS UFC, NHL 15 delivers groundbreaking player likeness, emotion and animation. From the strides a player takes to get across 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 new dekes, all with an intuitive right stick control scheme that is easy to use but packed with depth.

♦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.

NBC Sports Broadcast Package
♦A 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. Leveraging the same Vision AI foundation that the players have, and just like a live broadcast, Doc, Eddie and Ray will anticipate plays and ramp up their intensity to match the action on the ice with more than 35,000 lines of brand-new commentary.

♦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.

♦Real Life Broadcast Integration – When we say Doc and Eddie are in the game, we mean really in the game. Taking commentary integration to the next level, NHL 15 will feature real world pre-game video commentary with Doc and Eddie. Set against NHL 15 in-game visuals, the result is a revolutionary step forward in sports videogames, where the lines between the real world of sport broadcast and the game are blurred.

Unrivalled In-Arena Experience
♦Over 9,000 Crowd Models – NHL 15 sets a new standard in videogames with more than 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.

♦Living Crowds – The crowd is alive. Feel the crowd behavior change after dropping the gloves, landing a big hit, or scoring a clutch goal. Individual behaviors are mapped to each person in the crowd, as they anticipate the play, taunt players, clap to music from the dynamic Jumbotron or even take a quick break from the action to snap a selfie and immortalize their experience.

♦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 more than 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.

  • Bob_Tha_Ruler

    FINALLY the commentary needed to be updated it has became so stale, the physics are broken and always will be so there i’m impressed, the superstar stick could be nice if it works like it’s suppose to, but thank god they updated the commentary.

  • CSaint

    This is unrelated, but the other post is kind of old. Has anyones MLB The Show 14 started downloading for PS4 pre-orders yet?

    • RonRicofsu

      i would like to know this also lol

  • Weekend Roady

    Hoping all the euro/minor/junior leagues carry over from the last-gen versions as well. Sounds like a gem in the making otherwise, you could usually count on NHL to be solid, year-in, year-out…

  • Details

    The NHL series is EA Sports best franchise in my opinion. Madden needs to be on notice! These guys get it!

  • Nathan Shane Long

    Just waiting for the 2K fanboys to just start hating and crying and start saying dumb stuff like “bring back the NHL2K series”

    • stevo324348

      bring back the nFl 2k series

      • Skopin

        Bazinga.

  • MoneyMayweather

    This trailer didn’t sell me to the game at all. I don’t even have the bit of urge to purchase a PS4 after this.

    • Rian Hickey

      Cool Story….

  • Skihawks

    Looks sick. I believe everything. These new consoles will allow AI depth like no other system before it. Cannot wait for more news on this. Going to be a great year for sports gamers.

    • Iown You

      “I believe everything”

      Quick, somebody get this man a Brooklyn Bridge contract!

      • Thatdude1994

        I believe what he just did Is called sarcasm…

  • stevo324348

    I am very excited about the broadcast change. Kind of disappointed they haven’t incorporated plays on the board though. That would really make a difference, much like rolling and bouncing pucks on bad ice which is cool

  • Dan

    That teaser was fantastic. The addition of Doc and Eddie O (The best commentator duo in all of professional sports next to Pat Foley and Eddie O) was much needed and will undoubtedly be awesome. After realizing the Show was the same game from 3 years ago with the addition of individual beard hairs and kids in the crowd, I’m now hoping NHL 15 will justify my upgrade to the PS4. Go Hawks.

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