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Today, EA Sports is releasing more information about the changes and updates for the latest installment of its NHL game. Yesterday we saw double cover athletes Sarah Nurse and Trevor Zegras. Now is the time to get into the details.
EA Sports recently invited us to take a look at the new features and changes coming to NHL 23. Let’s get started!
Ultimate Hockey Team
In this year’s Hockey Ultimate Team (HUT), players can now have women and men playing side-by-side. You can now recruit members of the IIHF Women’s National Team. This allows players to create their ultimate team from all the best players in the world.
On top of all that, HUT Rivals now features several new game themes for players to browse. Also of note, EA has added three new tiers of rewards to Hut Rivals based on kills and win streaks.
“It’s a huge honor to be the first woman to cover the EA SPORTS NHL franchise,” Team Canada’s Sarah Nurse said in a press release. “Hockey truly is for everyone, and I’m thrilled that NHL 23 is celebrating the diversity and inclusiveness of the sport. I hope the increased representation of women in such an important sport will inspire young girls around the world to know that there is a place for them in hockey.
One of the most requested features by the community, cross-platform matchmaking, is finally here. Slated as an update for November, the matchmaking setting will speed up match times and bring people into the pool. Matchmaking only works with consoles of the same generation. So XBox One will not be able to match PS5 etc.
“With team play as its heartbeat, the NHL franchise has always been better when played with friends, and this year’s edition will bring players together in all new ways,” said Mike Inglehart, Director creative at EA Vancouver. “From the ever-increasing presence of female players in the game, to the upcoming introduction of cross-platform matchmaking, NHL 23 reflects the expansion of hockey’s fanbase and underscores that it is a sport that is better live together.”
EA Sports has added many new animations based on puck movement. Grouped into a suite of “desperate” plays, the Last Chance Puck Movement system adds diversity to your game. The new moves fall into three categories: stumble actions, loose puck plays, and improved goalie AI beginning.
Stumbling actions give players the ability to hit the puck after any type of contact. Loose puck games give the player the option to shoot or dive for a loose puck. AI goalkeepers in the game now have access to human desperation plays, which provides more save opportunities.
“As someone who has played EA SPORTS NHL since I was a kid, it’s been a dream come true to be on the cover this year with Sarah,” said Trevor Zegras of the Anaheim Ducks. “I can’t wait to play this year’s version with my friends and teammates, and I’m just as excited to see the fans throw in my Michigan flip pass, which the EA SPORTS team managed to squeeze into the game.”
The icing on the ice…
This year’s NHL game has several engine and franchise improvements over last year. Franchise mode has a lot more customization than previous years, allowing more control over your team.
NHL 22 was the first NHL game in the Frostbite engine. As with any engine change, it takes time to become familiar with its pros and cons. With another year under its belt, the NHL team has made a number of changes to the base game. Many aspects of the NHL received attention, including additional celebrations and updated stadiums.
Players who start NHL 23 on PS4 or XBox One will be available to transfer some of their progress and players to next-gen. The specific rules for these transfers are as follows:
- Players can protect 20 player + manager items in their current roster and transfer them to a new console.
- Once content is transferred from PlayStation 4 to PlayStation 5 or Xbox One to Xbox Series X|S, such content on Gen4 will be converted to non-tradable for security reasons.
- All remaining coins and items in your collection will receive similar value in redeemable packs to start on your next-gen account.
It’s almost chel time
The year has been long and, for many, unusually hot. As we head into the end of August, you can feel an excitement starting to rise in the air. October is fast approaching, and with it comes the new season and the release of NHL 23. See you on the ice.
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