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NHL 18 Patch 1.02 & Tuner Update Available Now - Full Patch Notes Included

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NHL 18 Patch 1.02 & Tuner Update Available Now - Full Patch Notes Included

NHL 18 patch 1.02 and tuner update is available now for both Xbox One and PlayStation 4, weighing in around 1 GB. Check out the patch notes below.

General

  • Added option for Champions League Aggregate Scoring
  • Improved faceoff formations during 3 on 3 play.

NHL® THREES

  • Added updates to prevent players from moving before they were visible on screen after play resumes from a stoppage in NHL® THREES
  • Added ability to change team strategies in NHL® THREES gameplay
  • Updates to faceoff camera timing in NHL® THREES

Puck Physics

  • Updates to improve stick on puck collisions during poke checks
  • More accurate stick on puck physics volume collisions during Defensive Skill Stick.

Offensive and Defensive AI

  • Improved AI puck carriers in 1-on-0 situations during play and in shootouts
  • Updates to Defensive AI decision making so that they stay with their check more consistently
  • Updates for AI teammates that would skate into shooting lanes instead of standing in better positions to deflect the shot or get the rebound instead.
  • Updates to AI shooting logic during penalty shots.
  • Logic updates for AI goalie pull situations.
  • Improved shot logic for the AI
  • Improved positioning for offensive AI players away from the puck so that they take their stick position/handedness into account more and position themselves and adjust their facing better based on their intention.
  • Added improvements for AI skaters that would switch to skating backwards during breakouts.

Coaching Feedback/On Ice Trainer

  • Added new videos and Training to Hockey Canada Training Camp
  • Support added for button dekes in coaching feedback and Hockey Canada Training Camp

Offense

  • Added the ability to blend back into skating faster out of deking
  • Various shot animation improvements
  • Added improvements to skaters that were missing the puck too often if they were directed to perform a shot without picking up the puck first (one timers and shots from loose pucks).

Defense

  • Updates to improve animation blend issues out of shot blocks.
  • Improvements added for players doing a board pinch when the puck position didn’t make sense for it.
  • Blending improvements when transitioning into defensive skill stick.
  • Updates to allow the Defensive Skill Stick state to override hit intent if the hit hasn’t started to be thrown yet. This allows players to be on and off RB/R1 without letting go of the right stick.
  • Updates to improve an issue where the Defensive Skill Stick state caused user skaters to lose pickup functionality
  • Added in variance of error to the new poke check system based on player control, direction from the players facing and relative speed of the puck. This means that a player is most accurate when skating in a controlled manner and poking a still puck in front of themselves and least accurate when poking against their momentum behind themselves at a fast-moving puck. Each of these factors are also tied to the player’s attribute ratings.
  • Improved hip check controls to prevent clashes
  • Poke check animation assets improved for increased poke checking accuracy before any error is added.
  • Added reaction delay based on a player’s awareness after a puck is deflected off a stick/body as players were reacting too quickly to defensive deflections.

Goalies

  • Better precision when detecting puck position during saves for User goalies.
  • Responsiveness updates to User goalie butterfly motion.
  • Added updates to help User goalies challenging shots and tracking the puck. If a user is requesting to move towards the puck, allow the requested motion to transfer into the upcoming save but if the shot is back against the grain, it will not add in momentum to the save.
  • Updated save logic to reduce issues that were causing the user goalie to make save attempts on pucks that were far from the net.
  • Improved responsiveness for actions after quickly switching into control of the goalie
  • Added updates to prevent goalies from knocking their net off in EASHL as an exploit.
  • Added the ability for flinching saves to abort sooner when the puck is deflected away from the net.
  • Improved responsiveness when blending in and out of saves for goalies.
  • Added new VH poke coverage.
  • Added logic to read how much the goalie should lean based on the puck position as they slide into butterfly leans. This allows for better blends and ability to seal off more of the net on the side where the puck is.
  • Various animation improvements for saves where a goalie’s limbs were clipping with each other.
  • Updates to prevent an issue where a user goalie was unable to move post-to-post after a poke check.
  • Updated some saves that were causing the puck to deflect into a goalie’s net.

Hockey Canada Training Camp

  1. Improved end of game flow to allow users to pick next training item.
  2. Added the option to select training item from pause.
  3. Added the ability to play videos from Training Camp pause screen

HUT

  • Added an auto-fill option in Edit Lines. This option will allow a user to automatically replace all the players in their lineup based on player overall and position.
  • The end of round Competitive Seasons reward screen will now show in the HUT HUB rather than the user needing to enter the season to claim their rewards.
  • Removed the 1-minute grace period for offline and online games. Game will now count right at puck drop

Online

  • Improved Online Coop Matchup Load Screen to allows users to see more information about their teammates/opponents for team composition and latency for all online game modes (e.g., Online Vs., HUT, Threes Online, etc.) except for EASHL
  • Adding Team Overall to matchmaking rules to all online game modes (e.g., Online Vs., HUT, Threes Online, etc.) except for EASHL
  • PS4 controller light will now match the Game Setup and gameplay player color indicator
  • Updated the Game Setup screen functionalities in online game types (e.g., HUT, Online Vs. Threes Online, etc.)
  • Display Offense, Defense and Goalie ratings by default
  • Remapped the Ready button to tile option
  • Remapped the Settings tile to a button
  • Resolved an issue where users would crash when performing goalie swaps in the intermission pause menu for HUT, Draft Champions, and Online Vs.

EASHL

  • Added the ability to award a penalty shot in EASHL 3s rather than go on a 4-on-3 or 5-on-3 Power Play.
  • Fighting turned off in EASHL 3s.
  • 3-on-3 strategies added to EASHL.

Game Modes

  • Added Season Modes for additional leagues (EBEL, HockeyAllsvenskan, and the Champions Hockey League Tournament)
  • Added Division Re-Alignment to Franchise Mode. This allows the user to move teams around within the divisions before the start of a Franchise Mode.
  • Added the ability to allow the user to edit their custom or relocated team’s jersey and mascot during the offseason in Franchise
  • Added the ability to see all the CPU lines in View Lines
  • Added the ability to allow a user to change strategies in 3-on-3 Overtime
  • Added the ability to view all the pending free agents in the upcoming FA class as well as 2 and 3 years out in the Pending FA Screen.
  • Added a “Sim to Regular Season” option in quick links during the preseason
  • Added the option to view player information on the offer sheet pop-up
  • Added the option to decline a trade and change your trade block in a CPU trade offer
  • Added option to switch teams while in the trade screen in the player select pop-up
  • Improved FA logic where Team Chemistry is still taken into consideration deep into Free Agency when they should be willing to lessen demands.
  • Improvements added to correctly apply stats growth to a player who received stat growth the previous year.
  • Added updates to help resolve an issue with Scouting showing semi-accurate potentials of players that should be Unknown potentials.
  • Improvements added to prevent the morale of a player being set to “angry” immediately after signing in Free Agency.

Audio

  • Added in Birthday goal calls in EASHL
  • Added in various speech improvements

Presentation

  • Added in the EBEL Championship Sequence with trophy
  • Added in the Champions Hockey League Championship sequence with trophy
  • Added in a Champions Hockey League mode unique wipe
  • Various camera improvements for environment geometry blocking play

Art

  • Added Away uniform for Ottawa Senators
  • Added Away uniform for Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Added Away uniforms Nashville Predators
  • Added CCM Premier 2 Goalie Pad Set
  • Improved Portland Winterhawks Uniform

Hockey Canada and Training Camp Videos

  • Added 4 New Button Deke videos
  • Added better shot quality changes, better shots and sizzles for 8 Hybrid & 94 Controls videos
  • Updated the audio from Ray Ferraro in 3 Skill Stick videos (Shot Aim, Faceoff Draw, Faceoff Tie-Up)
  • Added/Improved 8 Hockey Canada Rules Videos:
    • Offside – Shot Improvement
    • Icing
    • High Sticking
    • Delay of Game
    • Tripping
    • Interference
    • Penalty Shot
    • Goalie Delay of Game
  • Added 5 Hockey Canada Goalie Videos
    • T-Push vs. Strafe
    • Angles vs. Positions
    • Butterfly
    • Butterfly Slides
    • Hug Post
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  1. HUT
    Added an auto-fill option in Edit Lines. This option will allow a user to automatically replace all the players in their lineup based on player overall and position.
    Worth it alone.
    That's an impressive list of updates/upgrades. Nice job by the EA NHL team here. Alot of these things, if done well could really improve the gameplay experience. Good to see uniforms added/fixed. Just a nice list.
    However, that being said, really disappointed to not see Little Caesars Arena added for Detroit. Or even a new/generic arena added so you dont visually see yourself playing in the old Joe Louis Arena though.
    Pretty impressive list, sounds like they did a good job. Too bad they didn't fix some of the jerseys with huge numbers that are almost sitting directly on the bottom stripes (CHI, DAL, EDM, PIT to name a few).
    Audio
    - Added in various speech improvements
    Like calling Matthews, Laine, Marner, Werenski etc. by their names?:y11:
    Sauce12
    Pretty impressive list, sounds like they did a good job. Too bad they didn't fix some of the jerseys with huge numbers that are almost sitting directly on the bottom stripes (CHI, DAL, EDM, PIT to name a few).
    Audio
    - Added in various speech improvements
    Like calling Matthews, Laine, Marner, Werenski etc. by their names?:y11:

    Didn't notice Matthews name being called. Is there a new tuner? Didn't see it on the front page..
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    Sauce12
    Pretty impressive list, sounds like they did a good job. Too bad they didn't fix some of the jerseys with huge numbers that are almost sitting directly on the bottom stripes (CHI, DAL, EDM, PIT to name a few).
    Audio
    - Added in various speech improvements
    Like calling Matthews, Laine, Marner, Werenski etc. by their names?:y11:

    Yeah can anyone confirm what this "various speech improvements" means?
    Are any of the rookies called by name yet? Still can't believe how this can occur in a game promoting "the kids."
    Nice list but I often wonder why they do not just delay the release and make sure this stuff is in then. They clearly didn't whip up this enormous patch in4 days so they new all these things were wrong to begin with. At least they put out.
    Every penalty in eashl 3vs3 is now a penalty shot. Poke checks are now flying down the ice like a Weber clapper and goalies are more abysmal than ever. Great job ea :brickwall
    jake19ny
    Nice list but I often wonder why they do not just delay the release and make sure this stuff is in then.

    Because if you assume the patch was done, and ready to ship now, it'd probably be another like three weeks from now for production, and distribution before they could get the game on shelves if they had waited (not to mention I believe certification for a patch is a shorter process than a game, so if they had waited for this patch to be complete, it would probably be closer to a month from now).
    So their options are to release on September 15, and patch on September 18, or hold the release until like mid-October.
    Can you revert back to the previous tuner in this game or does it overwrite tuner 1.00?
    I have not tried the tuner and patch yet for this game. But, in years past I liked Madden and NHL when they first came out, then the patch changed the gameplay, and I found the games no longer fun to play. I hope this is not the case here. Also, just when you get sliders going like you want them they change it all up. I sometimes wish they would just leave well enough along other than adding options and fixing gamebreaking things.
    EASHL 3s is now a penalty shot fest? Why in gods name did they do this? Guess its time to stop playing this garbage until they take that out. What a moronic decision
    Wow.. I like the list.. being able to see CPU lines is something I liked back in the xbox 360 days. :)
    Can't wait to get a few games in today.. although I'm scared to even touch a tuner.
    Is there a list somewhere with just the tuner updates?
    MDgolf
    Leafs still have a Reebok road jersey...
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    Yup. I'm guessing there is some sort of roster update that is supposed to be out as well? That's usually where the jerseys are.
    If you create or relocate a team in franchise mode, are the jerseys by Adidas or Reebok? Before the patch you had the Reebok Jerseys. That killed some immersion.
    I wonder if when you swap teams from one division to another, do the teams swap schedules to they play teams relative to their division...hmmm...im thinking of moving DET back to the Central Division.
    G_e_e_z_e_r
    Every penalty in eashl 3vs3 is now a penalty shot.

    Every penalty, as in it's glitched? Or is it just overly sensitive in awarding penalty shots on borderline breakaways?
    Honestly, I hate the 4v3 powerplay with an added AI player on each side so much, I wouldn't be entirely opposed to defensive zone penalties resulting in a penalty shot...
    And I'm going to continue beating the drum for 3v2 powerplays. Let's have some fun with the EASHL concept, get creative, and breath some life into it! :signball:
    Qb
    Every penalty, as in it's glitched? Or is it just overly sensitive in awarding penalty shots on borderline breakaways?
    Honestly, I hate the 4v3 powerplay with an added AI player on each side so much, I wouldn't be entirely opposed to defensive zone penalties resulting in a penalty shot...
    And I'm going to continue beating the drum for 3v2 powerplays. Let's have some fun with the EASHL concept, get creative, and breath some life into it! :signball:

    EVERY penalty is a penalty shot. What a joke they made that. I just played a couple of games and there wasnt many but enough that when the game decides it's ok for one team to destroy a guy with a charge that it isn't a penalty but a clean check is it throws the game way off. 3v2 is the solution EA not stupid penalty shots. Give your head a shake
    For those like me who were having difficulty understanding defensive skill stick, I've figured out you can't use it in conjunction with backskating. I was usually using it as I was holding LT. Works as I anticipated when I let go of LT.
    Gangrel
    I use it backskating all the time?
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    Me too. I keep LT held in to face the player and use the D skill stick. Might be the best thing about NHL 18.
    bad_philanthropy
    You can use it, but it doesn't work the same way—or at least when I use it while holding LT I find it a bit unpredictable compared to when not holding LT.

    Define "unpredictable".
    I wonder if what you might be seeing is the normal behavior of the skill stick when the R stick isn't used - it tracks to the puck's location relative to the defender and holds the stick there, it doesn't just stick out in front of the player all the time. This is actually how I use it - I rarely start sweeping it back and forth with R - I just don't find it very effective that way. By just holding it in that location you can actually clog a passing lane and still maintain position.
    Anyway....It's easier to notice this "tracking" when you're skating backward rather than forward, and also because you're usually going to be backskating as a D-man, with the forwards sometimes coming down the sides - when you just hold R1 in that situation, the stick will track out towards the boards. If that's the unpredictabilty that you're experiencing, knowing that might help you deal with it a little better.
    Oh btw...I just picked up the game, downloading the full thing now but getting my feet wet in the Stanley Cup game. But I had some experience in the beta so I had a pretty good idea of how the skill stick worked.
    While holding LT it seems I can sweep but it doesn't always correspond to the direction I'm pressing and trying to position the stick in, or perform a sweep consistently by rolling on the RS, or seem to activate at all. Without holding LT it basically works the same way stick sweeping worked back in 2k.
    bad_philanthropy
    While holding LT it seems I can sweep but it doesn't always correspond to the direction I'm pressing and trying to position the stick in, or perform a sweep consistently by rolling on the RS, or seem to activate at all. Without holding LT it basically works the same way stick sweeping worked back in 2k.

    I dunno man, as long as I'm holding R1, I can use the R stick to sweep freely, skating forward or back (with L2 on PS4, same as LT). Not sure why it isn't working for you.
    When I load the game on Xbox one. I don’t get any prompts to download a patch or a tuner. Do I automatically have it? I don’t have the actual disc. I bought the digital copy. Thanks for any help.
    Money99
    Details! Details you Blues loving sonofagun!!! ;)

    LOL!
    Check the other thread.. I'm on 4/4 full sim 8 min periods, penalties/fighing maxed out, hum strategy adjustment 3/6, using prefer up and seeing good results.
    NDIrishRangers78
    When I load the game on Xbox one. I don’t get any prompts to download a patch or a tuner. Do I automatically have it? I don’t have the actual disc. I bought the digital copy. Thanks for any help.

    I have the digital copy and I received a prompt to download a patch earlier today.. but I think it will auto install if you have that setting on.. mine will do that if a few hours go by.
    The tuner came out a few days ago.. so you might have already installed it?
    MizzouRah
    I have the digital copy and I received a prompt to download a patch earlier today.. but I think it will auto install if you have that setting on.. mine will do that if a few hours go by.
    The tuner came out a few days ago.. so you might have already installed it?

    Added additional logic for more accurate calling of goalie interference??? What's these mean?
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    MizzouRah
    I have the digital copy and I received a prompt to download a patch earlier today.. but I think it will auto install if you have that setting on.. mine will do that if a few hours go by.
    The tuner came out a few days ago.. so you might have already installed it?

    Where is the auto install setting? I’m wondering if I should delete my copy and reinstall it? Maybe that would trigger the prompt? Thanks man.
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    ejf0255
    Anyone having major issues with starting a new Franchise ?? I can't start one. It crashes ( Xbox 1)
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    Yes I am as well on the ps4. Spent about 2 hours last night creating a team than I can't start a franchise.
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    MizzouRah
    LOL!
    Check the other thread.. I'm on 4/4 full sim 8 min periods, penalties/fighing maxed out, hum strategy adjustment 3/6, using prefer up and seeing good results.

    One of the things that frustrates me most with the NHL series is that as soon as I find a game play that I love...a tuner/patch comes out and just messes it all up. It never seems like the tuner selection at the main screen actually does anything.
    Really enjoying the game, and the flow and rhythm, and challenge of manual passing with zero assist. Executing the right timing on give and go's, finding the open man for the shot, and patiently working the puck are a lot of fun.
    A couple things though.
    There are still too many instances of my teammates facing the wrong direction, and doing weird things like skating out of a good setup while I'm stopped with an open passing lane to them. Puck pickups and my players' awareness of the puck feels off at times still.
    On superstar, the cpu, and even players with low defensive awareness, are a little too adept at making plays out of a good aggressive forecheck, and a locked down passive. They can pull off some very dubious 360 spins to open up a passing lane. They also have a bit to quick a first stride.
    On superstar the cpu is a little too good at reacquiring the puck after being separated from it while I'm right in on them or have body position shielding them from the separated puck and I'm completely off LS. Additionally, they are able to reacquire the puck so quickly they will often lose it multiple times in a few seconds, but eventually skate out of me being body to body with them.
    Other than that though I do think it's pretty fair. The input reading window feels like it's a bit too tight, but it is superstar after all and you expect buffs. I think they could just be toned down a bit, but generally it offers a good challenge and good variety of challenge and gameplay.
    il_tedesco
    If you create or relocate a team in franchise mode, are the jerseys by Adidas or Reebok? Before the patch you had the Reebok Jerseys. That killed some immersion.

    Every year people ask about jerseys.....they can't update them until all of the teams officially reveal them......yes it is dumb but that is the deal.
    Give it about a week of reg. season games for all of them to be released.
    NDIrishRangers78
    Where is the auto install setting? I’m wondering if I should delete my copy and reinstall it? Maybe that would trigger the prompt? Thanks man.
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    Press the Xbox button to open the guide and choose Settings > All settings.
    Select System > Updates.
    Select Keep my console up to date for console and Keep my games & apps up to date for games & apps.
    actionhank
    One of the things that frustrates me most with the NHL series is that as soon as I find a game play that I love...a tuner/patch comes out and just messes it all up. It never seems like the tuner selection at the main screen actually does anything.

    Agreed.. but there are times when they do fix things like goalie improvements that I feel like I have to use the newest tuners. It can get frustrating for sure.
    Atticusxj
    Yes I am as well on the ps4. Spent about 2 hours last night creating a team than I can't start a franchise.
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    Same here. Deleted entire game reinstalled. Nope. Still garbage. EA sucks. I swear we are the test bed for their updates. Why bother paying people when we the end user can !!!
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    Anyone, like me, think the original 1.0 version is way better than this tuner/patched version?
    Mizzourah, are you using the patch and the tuner? Or just the patch?
    Julian27
    Anyone, like me, think the original 1.0 version is way better than this tuner/patched version?
    Mizzourah, are you using the patch and the tuner? Or just the patch?

    I'm using the patch and tuner (says 1.00 and the original was also 1.00?)
    It was horrible with new tuner PRE patch, but I've had two great games with BOTH patch and tuner.
    I'm getting ready to play some more.. will post thoughts.
    onlybygrace
    Yeah, im thinking something isnt right. Im not enjoying it since the patch. How do I get rid of it on Xbox One?

    I think you have to delete your saved game data/all of it including the cloud. At least that's how I did it before.
    I guess you could also go into the slider settings and change it there.
    MizzouRah
    Press the Xbox button to open the guide and choose Settings > All settings.
    Select System > Updates.
    Select Keep my console up to date for console and Keep my games & apps up to date for games & apps.

    Thanks buddy you were right!
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    onlybygrace
    Yeah, im thinking something isnt right. Im not enjoying it since the patch. How do I get rid of it on Xbox One?

    Not only is the defending dumbed down from the patch. The manual passing has been downgraded, it takes too long to pass now. Version 1.0 had amazing snappy quick manual passing.
    After last year, I learned to back up my game and files before I update with any new patches or tuners. If I do not like the way the new version plays, I just start over and reload off the good old USB backup.
    Dolphins88
    So anyone that has played both what game is better ? NHL 18 or Madden 18

    I feel like this is a trick question, is the answer NBA Live 18? lol

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