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After answering some questions on Tuesday and Wednesday, the NHL 16 team continued to answer questions again today.

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

Will you be able to edit players in GM Mode? After trades, goalies sometimes have terrible colour schemes for their equipment. Not to mention masks from other teams. Also when will we be able to resign players before the resign phase? I found that was the only unrealistic part of the game trading/signing wise. Thanks.

You will not have the ability to edit players in GM mode. We prioritized bringing back features like AHL Integration, Fantasy Draft and Sim Intervention back to Be A GM over this. This is something we will continue to look at. As for the resign phase Be A GM does not have contract extensions and contract signing/negotiations during the season at this moment. Our version of this is the resign phase in free agency which is a week before the July 1st free agency period that allows you to renegotiate with your own players before open free agency.

Will the custom camera modes return in NHL 16? (custom 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5)

Custom cameras are currently lower on our priority list. At the moment, we're working on a new camera for Be A Pro, OTP and EASHL.

Why aren't there authentic coaches in the NHL series, and why isn't there an option to hire/fire coaches in be a gm mode?

Authentic coaches are definitely something that we're looking at moving forward. The main reason that they're not currently in the game is due to licensing. Hire/Fire coaches is a feature that we will continue to investigate.

Will we see defensive skill stick in NHL 16?

We will not be adding a new defensive skill stick in NHL 16 but what we are doing is ensuring that all defensive mechanics are tuned and balanced so that it's fun to play every position on the ice. For example, Precision Skating will help you on the defensive side of the puck giving you the ability to close passing and shooting lanes more effectively.

Will you FINALLY have the correct goal horns for ALL teams? For the longest time, EA has used Detroit's goal horn for Dallas' goal horn.

We are doing our best this year to get the moments around goals for each team as authentic as possible. A big focus has gone into that area and we have definitely paid close attention to the fan sites dedicated to teams unique goal moment presentation.

Will there ever be the introduction of a skills competition into the NHL series? Years ago the '2K' series had it and I found it was an exciting offline mode, that foreseeably would be able to incorporate online modes also.

We will never say ‘no’ to great feature ideas. We are always looking to add fun modes and features that are authentic to the NHL experience. We focused this year on the modes and features that were the most requested by the community with a prime focus on ensuring there was a way for everyone to play and will continue to do so.

Does the new EASHL still allow us to put XP into our players stats?

That's a good question! In developing the new EASHL, we conducted a ton of research and really engaged with the fans. The feedback we got was that gameplay balance and a level playing field are of high importance. Because the previous EASHL allowed users to grow their pro characters' attributes by investing time or money, EASHL players who started playing after launch or who didn't purchase the boosts were often at a disadvantage. While we know it's fun to boost your pro, it takes away from the goal of making EASHL the best way to compete as a team. With the new balanced player class system, EASHL players of all levels can play and succeed based on their skill on the sticks.

In EASHL will you be able to create and name your own teams so you can invite your friends? Also will you be able to customize your skaters attributes or will it be pre-set classes? Will there be leaderboards for the teams & skaters? I appreciate you guys taking the time to answer my questions.

Hi Lyle, thanks for your questions. EASHL is a team-based game mode where you can create/customize your own club and compete alongside your friends. New to EASHL in NHL 16 is the player class system where players can select from a set of carefully balanced skater and goalie classes. This is tuned in a way so that the strengths/weaknesses of each class are authentic to hockey. It's up to you and your team on what combination of classes best suits your play style. As far as leaderboards go, there will be club and player stats available.

With couch coop online on Xbox one, will we be able to have multiple people per couch?

Hi Dallas. With online couch co-op (on both Xbox One and PS4), you and three other friends can play cooperatively in a head to head online match.

I just want plain old, regular Season Mode. Beginning to end, including playoffs and the cup. Please don't skimp on the basics that built this franchise!

Season Mode with playoffs is in the game and you will be able to play in any of the 10 leagues in NHL 16.

Are the EASHL playoffs going to be monthly again?

The playoff feature as part of Online Seasons will be the same as the previous EASHL. We're listening to our fans to determine what the right cadence of playoffs is.

Is there going to be a shootout mode in NHL 16?

Shootout mode is not in NHL 16, but it's something we're continuing to look into.

In be a GM, Will there be "expectations" like in NHL 14 where the owner told you have win this many games or make it to this round of playoffs. NHL 15 lack emotion in Be a GM.

Be A GM will not have expectations like NHL 14 but to bring out the emotion of being a real General Manager we will have the new Player Morale feature which will bring out the player interaction a real GM has to deal with in his dressing room.

Can you play in the european leagues in Be a Pro?

You will not be able to play in the European leagues in Be A Pro.

In BeAGM mode, will I be able to see my AHL/CHL players statistics?

We will have AHL integration in Be A GM. So you will be able to have statistics for your AHL players as well as be able to play games with your AHL team. We do not have statistics for CHL players in Be A GM.

Hello, I would like to ask why you can not play in GM mode for two teams at once. Thus, to be able to two players on two drivers play one season for the two teams. This feature should be the basis for a game console that is designed for multiple players in the home. The option will be in NHL16? Thank you

We will have Season Mode in NHL 16 that will allow multiple users to play together thru one season as two separate teams.

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# 1 Simple Mathematics @ 05/21/15 07:58 PM
Man, there were a lot of "No's" in today's Q&A. And these were the hand-picked questions. I guess they're running out of the soft ball questions.
 
# 2 jake19ny @ 05/21/15 08:06 PM
Ugh...out the half million submitted questions about player edit they had to choose that one. It asks specifically about GM mode and they answer by saying you will not be able to Edit Players in GM mode and then go on to list the things in GM mode they thought were more important...great but what about the rest of the game. Now we can all conclude this means edit player is out all together but why not answer by saying Edit Player will not be included in this years game period. I had to sound cynical but I feel like they are leaving this basic simple addition out for one reason only...if NHL 16 is a success they can repackage it next year with a roster update and player edit as a new feature...boom NHL 17.
 
# 3 murph17 @ 05/21/15 09:05 PM
EASHL should have base player classes and PERKS. Maybe 10-15 "specialties" to choose from and you get say 2 to choose from and customize your play style. Perks like speedster, sniper, clutch, big hitter, dangler, etc. If these perks were capped at a +3 or +5 rating and you could only have 2 of them and they were available to everyone from the start, things wouldn't be so OP. Also perks should show up on match up screen so you know exactly what you're up against.
 
# 4 bigdipper88 @ 05/21/15 09:17 PM
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Originally Posted by jake19ny
Ugh...out the half million submitted questions about player edit they had to choose that one. It asks specifically about GM mode and they answer by saying you will not be able to Edit Players in GM mode and then go on to list the things in GM mode they thought were more important...great but what about the rest of the game. Now we can all conclude this means edit player is out all together but why not answer by saying Edit Player will not be included in this years game period. I had to sound cynical but I feel like they are leaving this basic simple addition out for one reason only...if NHL 16 is a success they can repackage it next year with a roster update and player edit as a new feature...boom NHL 17.
I guarantee edit player isn't in. They always dodge that question. I bet more people want edit player in than fantasy draft in be a gm mode It's 2015 and edit player not in? Sorry, but that's pathetic as can be. They can add it in an update, but guarantee they won't
 
# 5 Samz555 @ 05/21/15 09:18 PM
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Originally Posted by jake19ny
Ugh...out the half million submitted questions about player edit they had to choose that one. It asks specifically about GM mode and they answer by saying you will not be able to Edit Players in GM mode and then go on to list the things in GM mode they thought were more important...great but what about the rest of the game. Now we can all conclude this means edit player is out all together but why not answer by saying Edit Player will not be included in this years game period. I had to sound cynical but I feel like they are leaving this basic simple addition out for one reason only...if NHL 16 is a success they can repackage it next year with a roster update and player edit as a new feature...boom NHL 17.

I just can't believe it's not gonna be in there... IMO the basics are supposed to number 1 in priorities and edit player is the basics!! I mostly play BGM but i understand they place i priority in modes like HUT because it makes money and that's a good thing because its a bigger budget after but OMG edit player is just the best feature for me so im seriously considering not buying and it's a shame cuz i don't mind shelling out the 60$. Just not worth it right now....
 
# 6 NC12 @ 05/21/15 09:45 PM
Wow. Knew I shouldn't have expected much from this team. Why not just give the consumers what we want? Or at least make an attempt to try to...
 
# 7 sooner1074 @ 05/21/15 09:47 PM
Something so basic and so important as edit a player is in every sports title these days yet here we are in 2015 and we're left with "We'll look into it." and "We were busy with the AHL integration." Really? I know the staff is much smaller compared to other AAA games like FIFA or Madden but we're not asking for the moon here. Long hours and hard work went to playoff beards and crazy neon skates for my be the pro player but there just wasn't enough time to program an interface to adjust ratings of a player or fix goalie masks???? It just doesn't add up.

I can only hope a new NHLView editor can save the day and allow us to make the adjustments.
 
# 8 canucksss @ 05/21/15 10:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Steve_OS

After answering some questions on Tuesday and Wednesday, the NHL 16 team continued to answer questions again today.

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

Will you be able to edit players in GM Mode? After trades, goalies sometimes have terrible colour schemes for their equipment. Not to mention masks from other teams. Also when will we be able to resign players before the resign phase? I found that was the only unrealistic part of the game trading/signing wise. Thanks.

You will not have the ability to edit players in GM mode. We prioritized bringing back features like AHL Integration, Fantasy Draft and Sim Intervention back to Be A GM over this. This is something we will continue to look at. As for the resign phase Be A GM does not have contract extensions and contract signing/negotiations during the season at this moment. Our version of this is the resign phase in free agency which is a week before the July 1st free agency period that allows you to renegotiate with your own players before open free agency.
EPIC FAIL!!!!!!! This only means that they do not care really for their consumers. I hate the attitude, "well, we are the only company that produces NHL, so either you buy it or not".

AHL integration, since you removed it in NHL 15 and now you say its in and you prioritized it? And how about resign phase, why is it real NHL, they can do it. I thought that your slogan is "if its in the game its in the game"?

There's only one hope and its not looking bright...heck...its not even funny: EA's roster is accurate and will see player separation and team differentiation.

IF NOT, I JUST HOPE ANOTHER COMPANY WILL COME AND BLAST EA! I guess Im saving my $60 again for this year...yoohhoooo!!!!
 
# 9 sportomatic75 @ 05/22/15 12:56 AM
This news for the game came out way too early. I just got into NHL 15 a couple months ago. Maybe because I got my PS4 late, but still the news comes out early.
 
# 10 sg3751 @ 05/22/15 01:27 AM
I don't know about you guys, so are there really that many more people that play EASHL than play GM Connected?
 
# 11 SinisterAlex @ 05/22/15 02:09 AM
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Originally Posted by sg3751
I don't know about you guys, so are there really that many more people that play EASHL than play GM Connected?
Definitely.

EASHL has been a huge part of the NHL series since it's inception in NHL 09. It was the only mode I played and I became devastated when I learned it wasn't in NHL 15.

GM Connected was poorly executed thus played very little. Slow menus and hard to navigate menus, small playerbase, little to no options for league/ season rules, unable to use custom tuners, etc.

I'd rather them focus their attention elsewhere than on a mode that lets say for the sake of an example, 5% of the community uses. EA NHL goes HUT>EASHL>Versus>Be a Pro>GM Mode>Everything else.
 
# 12 decefay @ 05/22/15 02:13 AM
Im just wondering will players finaly hug after goals? Like ovi jumps into the boards then his team mates rush in and they all celebrate.
 
# 13 N2J NY @ 05/22/15 02:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Steve_OS
Will we see defensive skill stick in NHL 16?

We will not be adding a new defensive skill stick in NHL 16 but what we are doing is ensuring that all defensive mechanics are tuned and balanced so that it's fun to play every position on the ice. For example, Precision Skating will help you on the defensive side of the puck giving you the ability to close passing and shooting lanes more effectively.
Great, I can't wait to see the 9 year old poke check animation!
 
# 14 Smirkin Dirk @ 05/22/15 04:13 AM
My fave sports game is NBA2K. I was playing that since 2004 and NBA Live since 1997. I honestly can't remember the year that I couldnt play a GM/season mode without edited rosters.
 
# 15 ShaiLeGran @ 05/22/15 04:44 AM
The funny thing is, stuff that EA is mentioning as 'special' aka real coaches and stuff, is normal stuff for franchises like NBA2K and The Show. The more I read about EA developed games, the more respect I get for Sony San Diego and 2K. All the little details make The Show so amazing. And they don't even lick their own a**es for it. They just do it. EA on the other hand..Don't even get me started. The only thing - imho - thats really worth while out of EA's camp is the FIFA franchise. It seems to me most resources are in Vancouver and FIFA really has a lot of stuff to like. All the different boots, balls, celebrations, jerseys, ball boys, in-between replays. They understand what makes soccer, soccer. But Madden, NHL, NBA...smh
 
# 16 anpc @ 05/22/15 05:32 AM
Is it me, or all answer were sounded like NO???
 
# 17 Therion7 @ 05/22/15 05:46 AM
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Originally Posted by ShaiLeGran
The funny thing is, stuff that EA is mentioning as 'special' aka real coaches and stuff, is normal stuff for franchises like NBA2K and The Show. The more I read about EA developed games, the more respect I get for Sony San Diego and 2K. All the little details make The Show so amazing. And they don't even lick their own a**es for it. They just do it. EA on the other hand..Don't even get me started. The only thing - imho - thats really worth while out of EA's camp is the FIFA franchise. It seems to me most resources are in Vancouver and FIFA really has a lot of stuff to like. All the different boots, balls, celebrations, jerseys, ball boys, in-between replays. They understand what makes soccer, soccer. But Madden, NHL, NBA...smh
FIFA had to have all these bells and whistles because it played a slightly inferior game on the pitch to Pro Evolution Soccer for many years. Eventually it even gained the upper hand in that department but until that time all of the peripheral stuff really helped shift units for EA. Current-gen, PES plays better again, so the struggle continues and the consumer wins.

MLB is now a system seller for Sony so gets the resources it deserves. It needs to be good.

Basketball? EA dropped the ball recently, but 2K aren't go to rest easy.

Madden? Haven't played in years but I'd assume that the budget is leagues ahead of the NHL series such is the worldwide popularity of the NFL.

No competition is slowly throttling this series. I still can't get my head round the lack of penalties since 11, 12 with the sliders at max and how any company could conceivably think it was acceptable to not include a Season Mode in a sports game after making a next-gen debut a year later than expected.
 
# 18 csamuelsvt @ 05/22/15 07:25 AM
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Originally Posted by decefay
Im just wondering will players finaly hug after goals? Like ovi jumps into the boards then his team mates rush in and they all celebrate.
I actually asked this question I guess for Day #4. The 2 man celebration was a good start, BUT they need to have the full 5 man celebration in and not the 2 man one in where the other 3 players are stuck in that going towards the goal scorer animation and then drift away immediately once one person hugs the scorer(anyone that plays the game knows what i am talking about).

Rammer mentioned last year that they were working on at least 3 men, but that never got in.

I also asked about all correct goal horns being in(someone else did too which EA responded to) and they mentioned they're trying to get them along with authentic atmosphere around the goals I guess? Nothing worse than being a Dallas Stars fan and scoring and hearing the Detroit Red Wings goal horn
 
# 19 Qb @ 05/22/15 09:07 AM
Bummer about the lack of custom cameras. I tried a little OTP with 15 and there wasn't a suitable camera for my tastes, especially for playing defense (not an overhead fan). Hopefully the new camera they're working on specifically for player locked modes will be similar to my old custom preference.

Also disappointing to hear no skill stick on defense, and what sounds like no additions to the tool box, only tuning. The skating refinements could help quite a bit with positioning, but the series sorely needs some mechanic to pressure the puck carrier without poke or body checking.


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Originally Posted by murph17
EASHL should have base player classes and PERKS. Maybe 10-15 "specialties" to choose from and you get say 2 to choose from and customize your play style. Perks like speedster, sniper, clutch, big hitter, dangler, etc. If these perks were capped at a +3 or +5 rating and you could only have 2 of them and they were available to everyone from the start, things wouldn't be so OP. Also perks should show up on match up screen so you know exactly what you're up against.
Good stuff. This could be a next step if they want to compromise between the base ratings and full customization crowds. Allow us to assign two or three traits to our player that each provide moderate ratings adjustments and the ability to further tailor the build to our preferred playing style. So if I want to be a bigger 2-way center, I could add faceoff specialist, physical presence, shutdown defender or something like that.
 
# 20 lucio360 @ 05/22/15 09:15 AM
Am i the only one who feels that most of questions asked sucks!!!
They seem to be making the same mistakes as last year, answering question but not really answering.
Nothing has been said about goalies, or actual gameplay.

I feel the Q&A is rigged and fake.
 

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