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EA, NHL & NHLPA Extend Multi-Year Deal For EA Sports NHL Series

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EA, NHL & NHLPA Extend Multi-Year Deal For EA Sports NHL Series

Electronic Arts, the National Hockey League, and the NHL Players Association have announced a multi-year renewal to their partnership.

Through this agreement, organizations will partner on innovative new gameplay and more ways for fans around the world to connect with the excitement of hockey, including exploration and pioneering of bold new experiences within the EA SPORTS NHL franchise that enable forms of play and self-expression.

“We are thrilled to accelerate fun hockey experiences for years to come pushing the industry forward with our long-time NHL and NHLPA partners,” said Cam Weber, Executive Vice President & Group GM, EA SPORTS. “The EA SPORTS NHL franchise these past 30 years has become synonymous with hockey culture, and this extension will ensure it remains at the forefront of connecting millions of fans around the world to the sport through interactive entertainment.”

While there won’t be a true PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X|S version of NHL 21, EA is promising improvements to load times and better frame rates, for players that play NHL 21 on the next-gen consoles.

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  1. No competition = same game every year with minor upgrades. Not looking good for hockey game fans.
    That next gen game better come with significant upgrades when it arrives...
    drae2
    When did EA get the hockey license??

    I mean, the series has been called NHL (insert year) for every year running since (ironically) '94. The year before that wasn't NHL licensed but everything after it was.
    I don't know if it's an exclusive license for NHL hockey or not (or if it just lacks competition like MLB The Show), but if it is that probably started in 2010-11, the last year of the NHL2K series.
    bcruise
    I mean, the series has been called NHL (insert year) for every year running since (ironically) '94. The year before that wasn't NHL licensed but everything after it was.
    I don't know if it's an exclusive license for NHL hockey or not (or if it just lacks competition like MLB The Show), but if it is that probably started in 2010-11, the last year of the NHL2K series.

    The EA NHL Community Manager in Twitter said that it isn’t exclusive. That’s good cause another Company like 2K can use it too. Yes the selling Charts would be intressting to know. Every year they losses Customer as I have read somewhere. About Micro Transaction heard that it doubled their profit.
    Travolterjohn
    So what does it mean for us ? They bought the exclusive rights for all Player likenesses to use in HUT ?

    Fake news EA does not have the exclusive rights for the NHL. The fact is games like NHL 2K10, Gretzky NHL 06 and NHL Rivals 2004 did not sell well and were worse then EA's product that's way they stopped being made. This is not an NFL 2K/MVP Baseball situation!
    jtthegreek94
    Fake news EA does not have the exclusive rights for the NHL. The fact is games like NHL 2K10, Gretzky NHL 06 and NHL Rivals 2004 did not sell well and were worse then EA's product that's way they stopped being made. This is not an NFL 2K/MVP Baseball situation!

    No Fake news. I posted this before it was clear. If you scroll down on the first page you see another post from me where I said that the Community Manager said it’s not an exclusive Deal. If you would read it carefully you would also see that I wrote it with a question mark at the end ;-)
    willyfantastic
    NHL 2K was FAR better than the NHL series

    Revisionist history at it's finest. Visual Concepts did such a poor job with 2K9/2K10 that the sales were so poor and the series got shelved on Xbox/PS!
    willyfantastic
    NHL 2K was FAR better than the NHL series
    :fred:
    A few versions it was but not all. NHL 21 by the way is a darn fine game and getting lots of praise here
    tjung0831
    :fred:
    A few versions it was but not all. NHL 21 by the way is a darn fine game and getting lots of praise here

    I guess you should differ about the Gameplay and the Rest of the Game.
    willyfantastic
    NHL 2K was FAR better than the NHL series

    I think the most important thing is that both companies tried to innovate when there was competition. See NHL 03-->NHL 04 and NHL 06-->NHL 07. And those games were all just a few years apart. Is there even much of a difference between NHL 08 (when 2k started falling off) and NHL 21?
    jtthegreek94
    Revisionist history at it's finest. Visual Concepts did such a poor job with 2K9/2K10 that the sales were so poor and the series got shelved on Xbox/PS!

    NHL2K had two major problems that killed the series in my opinion.
    1. The game had possibility for deeper and more realistic gameplay than EA. However the game came preconfigured with arcade style sliders that wasn't very good. NHL2K games at the time always needed tweaked sliders. Casual gamers did not spend hours online to search for and update sliders ingame to make it better than the EA game. They compared what came default out of the box.
    2. The skill stick. EA had the upper hand since they invented it. 2K eventually made their own version in 08 but it was never as good as what EA delivered for the three tries they had before cancelling the series.
    It is unfortunate another company does not make a hockey game, but that pretty much goes with NBA, MLB, and NFL at this point. I miss the PS2 days, you always had options to find a game from each sport that suited the style you liked. I think NHL 21 has some positives and definitely a lot of negatives, I am disappointed in it thus far. EA was always the more fun game, better looking game, easier to pick up and play game. I think that is what made it more popular than 2K. 2K was far more realistic and you could certainly create a better sim experience if you adjusted the sliders. Unfortunately that would be a small niche. Most people like to play online and with friends, more so than hardcore sim franchise players, which is very unfortunate.

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