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EA Sports has posted another NHL 13 blog. This one covers the overhaul that has taken place in the presentation department.

The blog talks about many presentation aspects, including graphics, lighting, skate spray, power rings, replays, the new front end and more.

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Shadows have been completely redone this year as we’ve modeled the stadium lights after their real-world counterparts. What that means is that players can now cast shadows on other players on the ice, something that we’ve never had in the series before.

True Performance Skating changed the way we animated our skaters. With those changes in animation we also reworked skate spray this year adding procedural skate spray. This means that skate spray in based on velocity, angle, and relative direction of skate movement to the player.

Skate spray also now sticks to players, goalies, boards and the glass.

The arena power rings have also been overhauled adding:
  • Full animation
  • Context – PowerRings now react to situations such as Home Goals, Home/Away Powerplays, Home Wins and more.
  • Lighting – the light cast from Power Rings now affects the lighting of elements around them. They also more closely simulate real-world LED screens.
NHL 13 also includes a new gameplay camera the True Broadcast Camera which replicates a real world broadcast camera. Unlike the Broadcast camera, the True Broadcast camera is anchored in place and moves, swivels and zooms like to better simulate hockey coverage on television. Users can also now select multiple gameplay cameras as their shootout and penalty shot camera.

Source - Presentation Overhaul – NHL 13

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# 1 LuGer33 @ 08/08/12 07:14 PM
One thing the trailer doesn't really show are the real time cutscenes, but the blog goes into nice detail:

http://www.easports.com/nhl/news/art...verhaul-nhl-13

The broadcast camera looks amazing. I am sure quite a few people here at OS are going to be really, really happy w/ that.
 
# 2 bad_philanthropy @ 08/08/12 07:25 PM
Wow! Shocked how good things look.

I'm also very impressed by the little details they've added like ice spray on the glass and jerseys, and stuff like players adjusting pads after delivering a hit.

It's the addition of minor details like that as well as competently improving core gameplay that lets you know the devs really care about their project.
 
# 3 Jonesey @ 08/08/12 07:53 PM
Wow. I hate getting my hopes up, but once again the EA hype machine has me wishing for September 11th.
 
# 4 Flyermania @ 08/08/12 07:58 PM
Everything looks great...you can really see the effort and improvement they have put into the presentation. It's been a long time coming, but kudos certainly look to be in order.
 
# 5 Weapon X @ 08/08/12 08:00 PM
Very happy to see a confirmation that they did indeed included CBP and the 2012 Winter Classic, and that they didn't get rid of Heinz Field either. The new front end menus look really sharp too.

WX
 
# 6 I3RIS3H @ 08/08/12 08:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Weapon X
Very happy to see a confirmation that they did indeed included CBP and the 2012 Winter Classic, and that they didn't get rid of Heinz Field either. The new front end menus look really sharp too.

WX
Totally agree. It is going to be a very fresh feeling moving away from those black menus that we've had for at least 2 or 3 years now.
 
# 7 adayinthelife @ 08/08/12 08:56 PM
Now I'm impressed. If this is all as smooth as it sounds, this will be a fantastic/definitive example of how you improve on a yearly sports title.
 
# 8 gator3guy @ 08/08/12 09:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Weapon X
Very happy to see a confirmation that they did indeed included CBP and the 2012 Winter Classic, and that they didn't get rid of Heinz Field either. The new front end menus look really sharp too.

WX
I don't think that's actually CBP. It's probably a replica as they don't have the MLB rights. Notice in the blog they didn't mention the stadium by name. Just "venue."
 
# 9 brandon27 @ 08/08/12 09:24 PM
Sounds good and all... like really good. Till I get to the part about the Winter Classic... Why in NHL 13, are we stuck playing the 2012 Winter Classic... How about putting the actual game in that's going to be played this year... Detroit and Toronto at the Big House. Seems strange. I know its always been that way, but it just seems backwards.
 
# 10 MizzouRah @ 08/08/12 09:34 PM
OH MY GOODNESS... hope you don't mind Steve.. makes it easier to watch.

 
# 11 MizzouRah @ 08/08/12 09:38 PM
I agree.. very impressed.. wow.. great work EA!
 
# 12 waspman3 @ 08/08/12 09:42 PM
I ended up watching this video twice and I couldn't believe how good it looked complete with Gary Thorne. Everything looks so crisp. Makes me wonder every year what could they possibly do to enhance this game. Have already prepaid so time will tell. I don't have an internet hookup for this so as usual will play offline which is no problem. Sept 11th can't get here fast enough.
 
# 13 gator3guy @ 08/08/12 09:45 PM
I played without commentary all year last year so this year should be a little more refreshing either way.
 
# 14 MizzouRah @ 08/08/12 09:58 PM
Yeah, the game to me looks so much crisper. Some of those shots on goal look like a real live broadcast to me.
 
# 15 Majingir @ 08/08/12 10:10 PM
I've just read the blog(haven't seen video), but sounds GREAT. Don't remember last time, this many changes to gameplay/presentation have been made in a single game(for any sports game).
 
# 16 LuGer33 @ 08/08/12 10:37 PM
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Originally Posted by gator3guy
I don't think that's actually CBP. It's probably a replica as they don't have the MLB rights. Notice in the blog they didn't mention the stadium by name. Just "venue."
It definitely said Citizens Bank Park in the menus in the build I played, but it could have changed. Can't remember if it was mentioned in-game or not.
 
# 17 Weapon X @ 08/08/12 10:43 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by gator3guy
I don't think that's actually CBP. It's probably a replica as they don't have the MLB rights. Notice in the blog they didn't mention the stadium by name. Just "venue."
Obviously, but it's better than not having a baseball inspired venue that somewhat resembles CBP at all, or having just the 2012 jerseys with Heinz Field as the only available WC venue (let's not act like this is something we would put past EA Sports given their track record when it comes to corner-cutting measures).

WX
 
# 18 gator3guy @ 08/08/12 11:13 PM
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Originally Posted by LuGer33
It definitely said Citizens Bank Park in the menus in the build I played, but it could have changed. Can't remember if it was mentioned in-game or not.
That's good to hear. They didn't really show the stadium in the video so there is hope. Maybe they worked something out with the Phillies???
 
# 19 Ghoste @ 08/08/12 11:19 PM
This game looks really, really good!

-ghoste
 
# 20 MizzouRah @ 08/08/12 11:20 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by LuGer33
One thing the trailer doesn't really show are the real time cutscenes, but the blog goes into nice detail:

http://www.easports.com/nhl/news/art...verhaul-nhl-13

The broadcast camera looks amazing. I am sure quite a few people here at OS are going to be really, really happy w/ that.
This whole article just makes me so happy. It sounds like the whole presentation package really got upgraded this year and it was much needed. The new front end UI looks amazing too.

If you read these forums EA NHL team, thank you! NHL 13 is going to feel like a new experience with all the changes your team has implemented this year.

Even the broadcast camera looks like something I might try and I've always been a traditional ICE camera player.
 

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