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The Globe and Mail have posted an interview with Sean Ramjagsingh, Lead Producer of NHL 15, giving us a few more details about the game.

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You don’t get repetition. With limited animation, I have an animation for hitting you straight on and I have one for hitting you at a 45-degree angle, but if you’re somewhere in between, I need to make a choice between animations. With physics, you can change the degree of the impact by one degree and you’re going to get a different reaction every single time depending on all the variables. It really adds unlimited variety.

...Now, when the puck is shot and hits the goalie, if it hits on the pads or chest protector or glove, you get a different reaction depending on speed and variables. We’re still in the development process but we’re already seeing things that we’ve never seen happen before. We’re seeing goalies try new desperation saves because the puck hits them and starts trickling across the goal line and they need to react to that.

...Now you’re going to have a puck that will hit a goalie under the arm and then squeak through between the cloth and the equipment that we have modelled there. Before, the equipment and the body were all just one entity. By separating out the layers, now we get this behaviour where the puck reacts with the cloth and the body and/or the equipment underneath it.

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# 1 canucksss @ 05/10/14 02:31 PM
TALK is cheap...even bullet points are useless....prove it RAMJ....been so disappointed with the effort of EA in doing my favorite sport.
 
# 2 The Visualizer @ 05/11/14 01:07 AM
misleading title

there isn't much new revealed here, except the physics will supposedly take into account the players jersey and equipment under it if the puck hits them, which I am skeptical is actually true
 
# 3 Money99 @ 05/11/14 06:00 AM
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Originally Posted by canucksss
TALK is cheap...even bullet points are useless....prove it RAMJ....been so disappointed with the effort of EA in doing my favorite sport.
I recall hearing the same thing over the last 5 years as well.
How many times did we hear "We're seeing things we've never seen before"?

I'm still very interested in what next-gen EA hockey looks like.
But at this point, talk is cheap. Let's see some gameplay. Especially CPU vs CPU.
 
# 4 Fiddy @ 05/11/14 07:36 AM
i honestly just want to ask this one question..

Rammer, you talk about all this new horse power with the next gen consoles. saying you can now add all the authentic arenas. great! but, how did the NHL 2K series have all the arenas in their game 2 gens ago?

not trolling here, serious question.

i mean they always talk about having an authentic experience (which we know is a farce), so how come we didnt see the arenas say if not in 07, but in NHL 08?

so frustrating...
 
# 5 Scribe1980 @ 05/11/14 10:09 AM
This a company that claims new puck physics every year, yet it let a bouncing volleyball puck in the corners escape its QA process in 14. Worse, it did nothing to address it. Reached coaster status for me after about one week. Collected dust and went back as a trade-in towards The Show 14.

Not buying into any crap marketing sessions framed as Q & A's. Waiting until November at least, then coming here to read critiques, before I even contemplate buying 15. You have richly earned my skepticism, EA. Congrats.
 
# 6 enice128 @ 05/11/14 10:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Fiddy
i honestly just want to ask this one question..

Rammer, you talk about all this new horse power with the next gen consoles. saying you can now add all the authentic arenas. great! but, how did the NHL 2K series have all the arenas in their game 2 gens ago?

not trolling here, serious question.

i mean they always talk about having an authentic experience (which we know is a farce), so how come we didnt see the arenas say if not in 07, but in NHL 08?

so frustrating...
its so frustrating NYR fan to see it say & play in Ny arena...not MSG! cannot wait for the custom arenas similar to games like madden, mlb, nba, etc! and stoked for the new commentary team w doc & eddie 0.but i wished they added pierre since he's part of that 3 man team. between the the benches hopefully! and w the ps4 upgrades being way more than the ps3 version I'm solo glad i upgraded.....IF this all holds up & is true!!!
 
# 7 Dolphins88 @ 05/11/14 10:28 AM
Well the addition of nbc presentation and graphic upgrade is a plus. But I agree the offline gameplay needs a serious overhaul. The puck physics, goalies, AI, individual player ratings/skills, team differences and playing styles, arena differences which they claim has been fixed.
I agree 2k had the unique arena differences, best goalies,puck physics and player / team style of play and uniqueness back in 2k3 which was 11 years ago. If EA messes up this iteration I seriously hope 2k or Sony make a hockey game for next gen.
 
# 8 Carzola @ 05/11/14 10:35 AM
We need coop season like in FIFA. Or make EASHL team play with real NHL team. You need to get on the bench to switch to 2nd line rw etc or you get tired very fast....
 
# 9 Arrowhead21 @ 05/11/14 10:36 AM
How can physics be the talking point every single year? like literally. whens the last time they didnt come out and talk physics? give me a break rammer.
 
# 10 onac22 @ 05/11/14 10:44 AM
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Originally Posted by enice128
its so frustrating NYR fan to see it say & play in Ny arena...not MSG! cannot wait for the custom arenas similar to games like madden, mlb, nba, etc! and stoked for the new commentary team w doc & eddie 0.but i wished they added pierre since he's part of that 3 man team. between the the benches hopefully! and w the ps4 upgrades being way more than the ps3 version I'm solo glad i upgraded.....IF this all holds up & is true!!!
I think he kinda hinted why Ray and not Pierre. He said Ray was a phone call away from adding additional content. So maybe they will be updating the color throughout the year. Pierre,for the most part, only calls the East Coast. It could have to do with his boyfriend Crosby not letting him go west, that is just a rumor. So if Ray means new commentary through updates I am in.
 
# 11 Majingir @ 05/11/14 10:55 AM
I don't even want to listen to any interview with this guy, he lies so much in these interviews and misleads people every single year. He was the guy who directly blamed the users for why penalties are rare in NHL games(even though in it's 20 year history,all but 3-4 of them have had no problems with amount of penalties called,and for the most part(up to NHL11),they've all looked mostly realistic too instead of phantom calls(3 of every 4 penalties called are "phantom calls") which result in interference or roughing or something(as seen in NHL games the past 2-3 years))
 
# 12 Matt_350z @ 05/11/14 11:55 AM
With hockey and baseball being my two favorite sports by a long shot, I have an embarrassment of luxuries while playing MLB:TS. It's just amazing from top to bottom(I don't play online). While I have gotten the same pre-release hype from the last 6 years from the NHL team. Only to have a game that does very little to mimic an actual game of hockey. Seriously, at this point I don't care about any of their bullet points, or whatever this years catch word is. Stop talking, and just make a hockey game that plays great(and mimics a real NHL game in some semblance), looks realistic, and sounds good. It shouldn't be that hard by this point. The same team has worked on the game for like 8 years.
 
# 13 sroz39 @ 05/11/14 12:28 PM
I'm clearly in the very obvious minority on these boards who finds this game quite good and with a proper slider set, can play a relatively realistic game of hockey.

Obviously, I'd love to see more individuality and separation of skills (especially when it comes to handling the puck) and a few things about the A.I. bother me too. But aside from baseball, which is a much more static sport compared to hockey, basketball and football, these issues affect all the major sports games. Even NBA 2K with its kajillion signature animations has issues of how teams actually play on the court, often times play style not matching the roster all that great.

I'd love to, above all else, see revamped presentation (which it seems we're getting) a less isolated BAGM (feels like you're playing a text sim sometimes with all the menus) and thirdly, more separation of skill and I'll be happy as can be with this game.
 
# 14 bwiggy33 @ 05/11/14 01:09 PM
The biggest thing that scares the crap out of me is this. "We’re seeing goalies try new desperation saves because the puck hits them and starts trickling across the goal line and they need to react to that."

This could ruin the goaltending system in this game even more. The desperation saves in the game already make me sick. Goalies IRL don't make desperation saves all that often, but the way EA talks about it is they happen all of the time. Goalies in the NHL are the best for a reason. They are pretty much always in the correct position. They talk about how the physics are taking animations out of the game for the players and puck. How about goalies? Are you working on that? As in the part of the game that looks and plays the worst and has been the exact same foundation since 07. I have a feeling the goalies are copied over from current gen with the way they keep talking about seeing saves they didn't even know existed. I truly hope I'm wrong but something tells me I'm not.

I have a little bit of hope but as people have said, they have been feeding us the same stuff for years and nothing has really changed. Instead they end up scrapping what they did the year prior to rebuild it from the ground up again.
 
# 15 tigsbaseballfan @ 05/11/14 01:29 PM
ROSTER SHARING!!!!!!!!!!,this would free up man hrs to concentrate on REAL issues that come later, COMMUNICATION, manual injuries, connect europe leagues with NHL so you can sign someone mid-season or such like in real life, get rid of the world teams, GREAT BRITAIN? are you serious? haha, MORE JERSEYS, there are a tonne of colourful ones yet to be seen by the casual fan, (this would be a plus for NHL Marketing on trying to sell more team stuff), Editing for goalie gear, also who cares that Joe Fan in section 3 on the 3rd deck looks real while the game is on?, more team intro's, Edmontons and San Jose's are awesome. to be continued....lol
 
# 16 drog1602 @ 05/11/14 02:39 PM
Great! More useless desperation saves and pucks that go through goalies. how about we make the goalie, net and posts solid and address the goaltenders inability to cover a puck inches in front of him?
 
# 17 13whitebread @ 05/11/14 03:12 PM
He did say in a podcast a couple of days ago that not all licensing is approved for all arenas. So hopefully he will nail that down certainly sounds like they are?
 
# 18 rudeworld @ 05/11/14 07:07 PM
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Originally Posted by enice128
its so frustrating NYR fan to see it say & play in Ny arena...not MSG! cannot wait for the custom arenas similar to games like madden, mlb, nba, etc! and stoked for the new commentary team w doc & eddie 0.but i wished they added pierre since he's part of that 3 man team. between the the benches hopefully! and w the ps4 upgrades being way more than the ps3 version I'm solo glad i upgraded.....IF this all holds up & is true!!!
Unfortunately MSG is a special case, just like Barry Bonds wasn't in MVP Baseball.. it's NOT in NBA2K but it is in LIVE. it'd be great to actually hear "madison square garden" but if they (james Dolan) is asking for too much then oh well.... can't stop the train from leaving the station because someone is running late.
 
# 19 ericromain @ 05/11/14 08:39 PM
I like what i'm hearing. Can't wait to see gameplay videos. I'm surprised they released this info so early. Just a couple of years ago we never had any details until the stanley cup final. It sounds like they won't release until fall as opposed to the usual early september release, so all these details are coming extremely far in advanced.

People always use the volleyball puck in the corners as the example of why puck physics suck in the game. I think they made corner dump in pucks bounces like that intentionally to increase the effectiveness of dump-and-chase hockey. The puck physics are actually pretty good in the game, deflections and rebounds mostly behave believably. It will be interesting to see if they get wobbling and on-end pucks down this year. I'd love to see the strength/accuracy of a rebound or one timer or deke depend on the lie of the puck
 
# 20 rudeworld @ 05/11/14 09:23 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by enice128
its so frustrating NYR fan to see it say & play in Ny arena...not MSG! cannot wait for the custom arenas similar to games like madden, mlb, nba, etc! and stoked for the new commentary team w doc & eddie 0.but i wished they added pierre since he's part of that 3 man team. between the the benches hopefully! and w the ps4 upgrades being way more than the ps3 version I'm solo glad i upgraded.....IF this all holds up & is true!!!
Unfortunately MSG is a special case, just like Barry Bonds wasn't in MVP Baseball.. it's NOT in NBA2K but it is in LIVE. it'd be great to actually hear "madison square garden" but if they (james Dolan) is asking for too much then oh well.... can't stop the train from leaving the station because someone is running late.
 

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