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The NHL 16 team continues to answer questions about the game at their Ask EA page. The Q&A is copied and pasted below for easier reading. Other Q&A sessions have been posted here in the same fashion.

Will there be more customizablity in EASHL? (I.E. More jersey designs, more logos, etc.)

In EASHL 16, you will be able to use the logos and jerseys from the real-world teams for your club. Though this isn't complete customization, the team currently has it on the list of ideas for future iterations and it is something we will continue to look into.

Will HUT still have Collections and rewards for the Collections of teams? And if so, will the rewards be on packs or on HUT-coins?

Yes, HUT 16 will still have collection bonuses in the form of reward packs.

Will Jack Eichel be playable?

Jack Eichel will not be on the disk for when we launch. For him to be in our game he would have to play a shift in an NHL regular season game for us to be allowed to include him in the game.

First off I love the EA Sports nhl franchise and have been playing since the original nhl which I had for Sega. I noticed in be a pro mode in nhl 15 I can have up to 30 or 40 shots on goal but only end up with 1 or 2 goals while I can keep the opposing team down to about 10-15 shots and they will score 3 or 4 times. I guess what I am asking is will the players goalie be as good as the AI goalie ? This is probably the only compliant and question I have. I am very confident that everything else in the game will blow me away.

There isn't one answer to this question as the goalie and players skill vary as you progress through the different difficulty levels (Rookie, Pro, All Star, Superstar). Goalie abilities and shooting even change on different game styles. When you are playing on lower difficulties, your goalie will in some facets play better than the AI goalie whereas on higher difficulties, they play the same but the AI shooters will improve in terms of their shot selection and vision for making passes at the correct times. Game Style (i.e. Simulation vs Hardcore) will change many factors as well that will effect scoring such as how in control you need to be to get an accurate shot or how the angle of your shot and the direction you are skating in relation to your target can effect both your power and accuracy. Beyond finding a difficulty and game style that match your expectations for great competitive play, there are also sliders in the settings for both CPU and Human goalies and shooting to fine tune abilities such as Goalie Reaction Speed and Screen Effect as well as Player shooting accuracy and power that may help you dial them in closer to your expectations.

Is the face-off system being changed at all?

The Face-off system in NHL 16 will be the same as what was in NHL 15.

Are advanced stats going to be in NHL16?

Hey Sean…Advanced stats will not be part of NHL 16.

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# 1 peter21 @ 06/29/15 02:29 PM
I'm a little confused about the answer to the first question re: customizable jerseys in EASHL. Are they saying your only options are using jerseys from existing real-world teams?

In the past you could choose some basic logo designs and alter colors. I mean, they weren't great designs, but it was something.
 
# 2 BCDX97 @ 06/29/15 04:51 PM
So sounds like no create-a-team?

I loved that feature. I don't want to build a team through the stupid HUT mode. It's a plague on sports games.
 
# 3 Sycecg @ 06/29/15 05:47 PM
if you can only use NHL team logos for EASHL then EASHL pretty much has been gutted to the very very basic, and that really is a BIG let down. atleast in last EASHLs you can use a different logo that was in the list of many different ones and it made EASHL unique that way.

huge let down, honestly im really on the bubble on this now, if you cant create a team using a logo other than nhl teams then i dont know if im even going to bother getting nhl 16.
 
# 4 ianlast @ 06/29/15 07:38 PM
No change to faceoffs isn't surprising.

To get faceoffs right, EA really needs to figure out how to do two-man animations in the NHL series. They've got the collisions and that's it. All of the other two-man interactions look bad, and that's why you don't have realistic board play, faceoffs and physical defensive play (shouldering guys off the puck as opposed to flattening them in open ice).
 
# 5 ChaseB @ 06/30/15 12:29 AM
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Originally Posted by HarryHood059
this game, but more importantly EA itself, is a joke!

there's no way people phrased their questions the way EA makes you believe they did. they're controlling the message all the while trying to make it look like actual customers/fans are asking these questions. do they really think people are that stupid?

but, the real kicker of it is they make themselves look that much more stupid by hyping aspects of this game that no one wants (mascots), returning, yet still lacking features that were already in the game on PS3, etc

i mean, seriously. anybody that tries and defend these antics is either brainwashed or a sucker! i wish another developer would make a proper next-gen ice hockey game.

EA IS A JOKE!
I'm sorry, but this is rather inflammatory, and it doesn't need to be because your points are there somewhere buried below the hyperbole. Like, I hear you, I get what you're saying overall:

-"EA itself, is a joke." Not a great call to do this. Maybe it's your opinion, but it's not how we generally try to do things here when possible. You can say "I don't like EA and all that" but try to do a better job articulating it than just starting off a post by saying "Company X sucks" in so many words.

-You don't like the questions being answered. Fair point. It's an internal thing run by EA though, so like are you really surprised? Is a company going to skewer itself? Also, it's not a great look to go conspiracy theory and say "EA is making up these questions." I think your point was already made before you threw that in and sort of invalidated it.

-You don't like aspects of their marketing campaign. However, the game is not made just for you, and they have to show off things they've done, even if not every one hits on what you want. It doesn't make them "look stupid" to do this just because it doesn't jive with what you want and expect.

-"Anybody who supports this game is a sucker or an idiot." This is basically what you said to end your post, and it's one I can't justify in any way. This is just straight trolling. You can't say stuff like this, please don't in the future.

-"I wish somebody else would make a proper next-gen hockey game." -- You're so close here! I do wish other teams were making next-gen hockey too, but just take out the "proper" next time and we're good to go!
 
# 6 ericromain @ 06/30/15 09:24 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by HarryHood059
this game, but more importantly EA itself, is a joke!

there's no way people phrased their questions the way EA makes you believe they did. they're controlling the message all the while trying to make it look like actual customers/fans are asking these questions. do they really think people are that stupid?

but, the real kicker of it is they make themselves look that much more stupid by hyping aspects of this game that no one wants (mascots), returning, yet still lacking features that were already in the game on PS3, etc

i mean, seriously. anybody that tries and defend these antics is either brainwashed or a sucker! i wish another developer would make a proper next-gen ice hockey game.

EA IS A JOKE!
It's probably the case that EA NHL is hand picking the questions, but I gotta say, they are being pretty open and more transparent compared to past years. The old chats from 4-5 years ago, they would rarely bite on a question when the answer wasn't what the fans want to hear. They are at least acknowledging that a lot of stuff isn't in the game and sometimes explaining their reasoning. I can respect that.

I do wish someone else would make a hockey game too.
 
# 7 ChaseB @ 06/30/15 11:55 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by HarryHood059
yes, it is my opinion, but it's based upon facts. and the facts dictate that EA http://consumerist.com/2013/04/09/ea...year-in-a-row/ has repeatedly been ranked as the worst company in america. to everyone on here this is no secret.

granted that's a couple years old, but EA still hasn't gotten the point

also, please explain to me how i am trolling you/subject when i am posting my entitled opinion, the same as you are able to do?
Harry I already explained all of this in my last post. I'm not sure what else there is to say here. Nobody is saying you can't be unhappy about the game or answers, but calling the development team the worst and liars -- and then more or less saying anybody who likes the game is a moron -- is basically a personal attack.
 
# 8 actionhank @ 06/30/15 06:02 PM
Definitely another bummer that the faceoff system isn't getting re-tooled. It's been a bit of a let down for a little while now. I would love to have more command of the actual faceoff, and even better, where your guys go when you win one.

It would be great to set defenders to pinch in on a won draw, and try a shot from the high slot.
 
# 9 ChaseB @ 06/30/15 07:11 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by HarryHood059
i hear you, but i really don't feel like i'm trolling.

pretty sure trolling is if i make a deliberately offensive or provocative online posting with the AIM of upsetting someone or eliciting an angry response from them, correct??

i was making a general statement and basically "calling it like i see it", not really looking for a response. what people feel/post regarding what they're commenting on is on them as i have no control over how another individual feels. pretty sure we're all adults here, and if someone thought i was personally attacking them from what i posted... well, i just don't see the connection, but if indeed it was you that felt attacked, then buddy, i apologize.

you're right, i am unhappy about what we are allowed to know of this year's game, lack of answers, etc., and obviously i'm not alone in feeling this way.
Trolling can be done to anger a user and also just try to incite others to have to step in after over the top hyperbole, which is what I did here with your posts -- I outlined that all above (calling everybody stupid who likes the game and so on).

The bolded is also another thing that's just not worth doing. Don't act like you're speaking for a congregation, just speak for yourself. You don't have to feel the need to be on a crusade for others.

I'm going to step aside now, but high fives and hugs, I hope we're on the same page now.
 
# 10 redsox4evur @ 06/30/15 07:42 PM
The unofficial definition of trolling:

Being a prick on the internet because you can. Typically unleashing one or more cynical or sarcastic remarks on an innocent by-stander, because it's the internet and, hey, you can.

Also wondering if McDavid will have his picture and likeness in the game already? I can't remember other Junior League guys having their picture ready.
 
# 11 kehlis @ 06/30/15 07:44 PM
Okay that's enough.
 
# 12 mjavon @ 07/01/15 10:49 PM
About a month ago this game was a sure buy for me, but I'm slowly growing more and more skeptical. They seem to be heading on the right direction, but I don't know that it's enough for one year.

I kind of feel bad for the devs in that they seem to want to fix a lot of the same things the community wants fixed, but it seems to me like they just don't have the resources to pull it off. I think it's ultimately going to come down to the suits deciding they want to put the capital down in order to make nhl great.
 

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