REDWOOD CITY, Calif., – June 7, 2016 – Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) today announced the full feature set coming to EA SPORTS™ NHL® 17 this Fall on Xbox One and PlayStation®4. From the crease to the open ice to behind-the-scenes control of an entire franchise, NHL 17 lets you shape your legacy no matter how you play the game in the most exciting EA SPORTS NHL® to date.
For complete details on what’s new in NHL 17, visit the official EA SPORTS NHL®feature page. To download assets for NHL 17, please visit http://info.ea.com.
“This year we’re delivering new and richer experiences for every hockey fan,” said Sean Ramjagsingh, Senior Producer, EA SPORTS NHL®. “Whether you’re an online competitor in an EA SPORTS Hockey League club, or jumping into the game for the very first time to play with your favorite NHL team, there’s something for you in NHL 17.”
NHL 17 introduces three new modes that connect you to the sport to live out your ultimate hockey fantasy. The new Draft Champions mode introduces the thrill of the fantasy draft with fast rounds of superstar picks. For the first time in EA SPORTS NHL®history, the World Cup of Hockey game mode lets you take to the ice on a global stage and compete with your national hockey heroes. The next generation of Be a GM introduces Franchise Mode where you answer directly to the owner and take total control of the team and the business, from fan concessions to promotional nights to the arena and city you compete in.
NHL 17 also brings unprecedented gameplay control over every inch of the ice. The new Net Battle system lets you fight for that critical space in front of the crease on offense and defense. Authentic goaltenders both look and play the part with true-to-life stances and smarter Reactionary Save Intelligence that lets goalies read and react with an athletic save or get big with the body to block the puck. Improved hitting, passing, puck pick-ups and skating let you own every zone and dozens of new goal celebrations bring the crowd to their feet making your biggest moments memorable.
Fan favorite modes deliver more depth, new experiences, and unprecedented customization in NHL 17. EA SPORTS Hockey League (EASHL) introduces an all-new Player Rank progression system to earn and unlock customization items for your player, team and arena. Use the new Team Editor to customize your team’s identity, including logos, colors, patches, and – for the first time ever – use the all-new Arena Creator in EASHL and Franchise Mode to build the home-ice you’ve always dreamed of.
Finally, whether you’re competing online for elite status or lacing up the skates for the very first time, the next generation of the critically-acclaimed Visual On-Ice Trainer and Coaching Feedback tools return to teach you the skills needed to sharpen your game.
Last month, millions of hockey fans around the world voted to determine the next face of the franchise through the EA SPORTS NHL® 17Cover Vote. Find out who will be the face of NHL 17 and catch the world premiere on June 22 at the 2016 NHL Awards™ at The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s state-of-the-art concert and entertainment venue in Las Vegas. Hosted by world-renowned actor Will Arnett, the two-hour primetime awards show will broadcast live at 7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT on NBCSN in the U.S. and Sportsnet in Canada.
Fans can also sign up to become an EA SPORTS NHL® 17 Insider and get early access to news, trailers, behind-the-scenes videos, exclusive content and more.
EA Access* members on Xbox One can try NHL 17 before its release with Play First Trials. Stay tuned for more information on access timing and availability.