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After answering some questions yesterday, the NHL 16 team continued to answer questions again today.

The Q&A is copied and pasted below for easier reading.

Will there be any smartglass or kinect integration? It would be sweet to be able to edit/change lines with smartglass.

There will not be Smartglass or Kinect integration.

Will Be a GM Mode include a Fantasy Draft option?

Yes!

So are you guy gonna add the ECHL i would like to see it and play as my favorite team in that league but for 3 years the same leagues have been in the game. Is there a reason you guys wont add it?

NHL 16 will have 10 leagues in our game. NHL, AHL, CHL (OHL, WHL, QMJHL), SHL, Liiga, DEL, Extraliga and Nationalliga. We are always looking for new opportunities within the hockey world but there will be no new leagues for NHL 16.

Will offline season-mode be back in NHL 16?

Yes. Season is back in NHL 16.

Once a Player Score a Hat Trick, will there be an animation for it?

Yes, home fans will celebrate hat tricks by showering the ice with hats in NHL 16.

Are Online Shootouts coming back? If not why?

Online Shootouts are definitely a priority for us. At this point, I cannot commit to a timeframe.

When is the first trailer coming out?

We will be unveiling our first official trailer at E3, but keeping following us on our NHL social channels for information and visuals from NHL 16.

Will there be a NBC Playoff Presentations before Playoff games?

Yes, we have continued to add pre-game analysis from Doc and Eddie when there is a specific story to mention. You will hear of streaks, home stand and road trip success, etc. In the playoffs, there is always something for them to cover based on the current series score and how the games have gone so far within the current match-up.

Have you done any upgrade or update on the physics part of the game. IE. Ice conditions, fatigue, hits, puck physics?

For balance, we are always looking at the effect of player collisions. We want to ensure that size is represented well and that you get the outcomes you expect on the ice. Big players with size and better balance will have a much easier time standing up to body on body contact and retaining the puck compared to smaller players with less size and balance. We have also added stumbles back in to give a greater range of fidelity when it comes to collisions so that the overall effect of collisions donít have to be as extreme. That being said, when you really line a player up correctly, there are still very big hits in the game.

For the basis of pre game intros, will you go into more outdoor detail? Or will there be a focus on the indoor feel of the arena at game time?

You will once again see city and arena intro shots to mimic the real world feel of an NBC Sports broadcast. We have also definitely added to the indoor feel of the arenas across the league by taking what was a great architectural foundation by our artists last year and expanding that to emulate the live show that each team puts on for their fans. Over the course of a season, you may see entrance props raising to the rafters, fire and smoke effects from the jumbotrons, fans passing team flags through the stands, and many other elements to enhance the game day authenticity.

Do you expect outdoor arenas to be available in NHL 16?

Outdoor arenas will not be a part of NHL 16. Although they are a big part of the NHL, there are two challenges that we face: 1. The stadiums can be difficult to license and if we make them generic, they immediately lose their authenticity. 2. Unless they are done as DLC, by the the time we get them into the product, the event is already 9 months old.

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# 1 Simple Mathematics @ 05/20/15 06:49 PM
Still no mention of edit player. If it's not going to make it in before release I hope they just tell us. Or if they are going to try but they might not get to it. Or anything. I just want them to acknowledge it and not blow it off.
 
# 2 bad_philanthropy @ 05/20/15 07:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Simple Mathematics
Still no mention of edit player. If it's not going to make it in before release I hope they just tell us. Or if they are going to try but they might not get to it. Or anything. I just want them to acknowledge it and not blow it off.
Seconded. Just want to know the deal on edit player.
 
# 3 catcher_0_3 @ 05/20/15 10:00 PM
How will player progression/customization work in EASHL mode? Ie equipment boosts, points for leveling up cards, reaching career milestones, etc.
 
# 4 Nas160 @ 05/20/15 10:09 PM
A little disappointing that outdoor stadiums and online shootout aren't in. Also, this "we cannot currently commit to a timeframe" has been said enough times that I think it's just an excuse as this point, to not put in modes and features that seem so very simple to implement.

At least they have all those leagues still in there.

At this point it seems like they haven't overhauled it yet, which could be a terrible sign for the whole generation of NHL games. At least they have all the features again, which is a plus.
 
# 5 NC12 @ 05/20/15 10:14 PM
I just don't understand how edit player is not in a game in the year 2015...
 
# 6 canucksss @ 05/21/15 01:20 AM
Looks "rehearse" questions and answers! No one is answering the question about player/team differentiation? I hope the guy who made that video ask and post and show the EA devs about it.
 
# 7 qallmanme @ 05/21/15 03:59 AM
well,the guy who made that video ask and post and show the EA devs about it.
 
# 8 aaron777 @ 05/21/15 04:22 AM
Wow these are actual questions ? How bout doing something with create a player and franchise . What you guys have added this year in franchise seems to be interesting providing it works . Why don't you guys take a page out if 2k basketball and go in that direction ? I'm not even a basketball fan but I buy the game cause they can put a hell of a game together . They update the roster at least once a week u guys are lucky to get one out every couple months which is pathetic . create a team should be in it as well as being able to relocate it. It's ridiculous that's not even an option .you really don't need to reinvent the wheel when u make this game guys tweek the game play get the A.I working properly . Have the damn penalties called and get them to work.Add more team jerseys the same 4 or 5 every year is stupid . Really a goalie mask paint option would be cool a bunch of team logos different paints some standard designs and let us do the rest .Time and time again the excuse is you don't have that much staff to do everything ... open up the rosters and let us fix the ratings mlb the show has it where we can upload our roster a feature u guys took out for whatever reason this way u guys can release the updates every couple months and we don't have to wait .
 
# 9 Sheba2011 @ 05/21/15 04:44 AM
I have asked about a half dozen answers, none have been answered. I know one of my questions (editing) has been asked by dozens of people. Just as I suspected this new feature is largely a sham they will cherry pick the easy questions to answer.
 
# 10 jake19ny @ 05/21/15 08:47 AM
I honestly don't know what the game is going to be like and we have all had hopes and dreams for a release crushed in the past but I do feel like they have made an honest effort to please us with NHL 16 (can't please everyone I'm sure) that being said it's such a head scratcher to think player edit will not be in the release. It's a basic feature around for many years in many games including this series. It's beyond comprehension and even more baffling that they are ignoring the question I'm sure has been submitted dozens of times. Just a yes or no please and maybe a little detail of why not. I mean if the game delivers everywhere else like they are saying I will still buy it and just be really dissapointed that I can't edit players or have revamped rosters. They seem to have done a pretty good job up until now it would be a shame if they start playing this game now by ignoring what many of believe is an important question.
 
# 11 TDKing @ 05/21/15 09:52 AM
They're not ignoring you they are working real hard to get player editing in the game so they can't answer you right now but don't worry they will let you know the 1st week of September they just couldn't get it done this year. Lol.....
 
# 12 Sheba2011 @ 05/21/15 11:14 AM
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Originally Posted by TDKing
They're not ignoring you they are working real hard to get player editing in the game so they can't answer you right now but don't worry they will let you know the 1st week of September they just couldn't get it done this year. Lol.....
The funny part is many of us will still end up buying the game but we would rather know right away that this feature won't be in the game so we don't get our hopes up all summer long. I doubt they will even tell us Sept 1. It will more be like "we are working on it and will have an update later" and then on Dec 1, "yea we couldn't do it, but next year...."
 
# 13 chrisg19 @ 05/21/15 11:18 AM
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Originally Posted by canucksss
Looks "rehearse" questions and answers! No one is answering the question about player/team differentiation? I hope the guy who made that video ask and post and show the EA devs about it.
I have asked the question everyday, and include a link to the video. There is no part of m that thinks they will ever answer the question, but I'm just making sure they see it.

It's funny when they announced the features for EASHL, and said basically all players attributes would be the same, I couldn't help but think this is their Mantra up there, make sure no player stands out anywhere in the game... haha
 
# 14 Sheba2011 @ 05/21/15 11:32 AM
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Originally Posted by chrisg19
I have asked the question everyday, and include a link to the video. There is no part of m that thinks they will ever answer the question, but I'm just making sure they see it.

It's funny when they announced the features for EASHL, and said basically all players attributes would be the same, I couldn't help but think this is their Mantra up there, make sure no player stands out anywhere in the game... haha
That was one of the questions I asked too.
 
# 15 redsox4evur @ 05/21/15 02:05 PM
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Originally Posted by IndyColts2
For the love of God can someone ask these guys if there's edit player AND share roster. We need both. I'm tired of EA games having every decent to great player rated a 79+ OVR. Backups shouldn't be close to stars
You think those are the only questions asked??? I am guessing everyone who posts regularly on this forums has these questions.
 
# 16 Hammettf2b @ 05/21/15 02:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Simple Mathematics
Still no mention of edit player. If it's not going to make it in before release I hope they just tell us. Or if they are going to try but they might not get to it. Or anything. I just want them to acknowledge it and not blow it off.
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Originally Posted by bad_philanthropy
Seconded. Just want to know the deal on edit player.
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Originally Posted by NC12
I just don't understand how edit player is not in a game in the year 2015...
I feel the same way. Someone in another thread suggested I email the development team. I've been searching all morning for that email address with no luck. Anyone know that email address? He hinted that it is something they have in mind and if there is enough buz about it, there would be a good chance of it being in.
 
# 17 Kolbe31 @ 05/21/15 03:29 PM
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Originally Posted by ThreeKing
Does anyone know if the United Center(Blackhawks) and PNC Arena(Hurricanes) made it into NHL 16 this year?
I think on Twitter, one of the Game Changer event guys said that United Center wasn't in the game. Not sure about PNC.
 
# 18 canucksss @ 05/21/15 03:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Sheba2011
The funny part is many of us will still end up buying the game but we would rather know right away that this feature won't be in the game so we don't get our hopes up all summer long. I doubt they will even tell us Sept 1. It will more be like "we are working on it and will have an update later" and then on Dec 1, "yea we couldn't do it, but next year...."
Please dont be sucked in by EA's promotion. I am glad I avoided 14-15 and it really feels great and feels so vindicated. So dont' be discouraged if you say "no" to your urge in buying 16, if its still the old garbage with a new cover.
 
# 19 scitychamps87 @ 05/21/15 05:00 PM
Player editing is a must have feature in 2015...However, I would appreciate a straight answer from EA. They had no problems saying GM Connected isn't in...if it isn't in, just be honest. SCEA has respect in part because they are honest with their community.
 
# 20 chrisg19 @ 05/21/15 05:42 PM
This was today's question (It will be tomorrows too):

Will There be Player Differentiation this year. For Example Sidney Crosby should be noticeably different when controlling him than say David Clarkson. This alone would make the game feel more realistic, and add an element of strategy that just does not exist currently. To see what I am talking about, check this out http://www.operationsports.com/forum...entiation.html



Edited to add - Every day I change the two example skaters, just to keep it fresh
 

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