EA Details New NHL 15 Features

With the NHL Playoffs in full swing, it’s that time of year when hockey fever reaches its peak. Today, EA capitalized on the increased focus on the NHL by announcing NHL 15, which is set for a Fall 2014 release.

EA’s NHL 15 page lists a number of changes coming to the this year’s NHL game. The series looks to reinvent itself on the new generation of consoles, with a number of exciting new features:

  • All twelve players on the ice are governed by real-world physics at all times, leading to more realistic collisions, scrambles, and pileups.
  • The puck physics have been completely rebuilt, with everything on the ice (including the ice itself) being “live.”
  • Improved player models, with the player’s body, equipment, and jersey reacting independently from one another.
  • Dynamic Cloth Technology allows jerseys to realistically react to player movement
  • Improved player likenesses, using the EA Sports UFC athlete representation engine. Players will display more realistic emotion, as well as having their skating technique represent that of their real-life counterparts.
  • Evolved “Skill Stick,” allowing players to control their player’s stick intuitively.
  • Authentic, detailed arenas that include every city-specific detail, such as entrance tunnels, lighting, and seating capacity.
  • Inclusion of the NBC Sports commentary team of Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick and Eddie Olczyk, with TSN analyst Ray Ferraro providing rink-side reports.
  • New pre-game introductions that include a description of the city the game is being played in.
  • Dynamic crowds featuring over 9,000 fan models and four times the interaction of previous NHL game crowds.
  • “Vision AI” allows players to react more realistically to everything that happens on the ice.

These new features demonstrate the series’ willingness to evolve, as the newest iteration of the NHL franchise aims to be the most engaging, realistic version yet. NHL fans get ready, possibly the best hockey game of all time is on its way.