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NHL 18 Teaser Trailer Released

EA Sports released a new teaser trailer this morning for NHL 18. The trailer doesn’t contain much gameplay but there is a brief clip featuring Mitch Marner from the Toronto Maple Leafs. It looks like mouth guards were added into the game, perhaps a visual upgrade, and the trailer hints at growing up playing hockey — which could be a tease of something new with Be A Pro.

The Narration says as follows: “When you grow up playing hockey, they teach you a lot of things: Get the puck deep. Finish your checks. Make the simple plays… But where’s the fun in that?”

It is possible this could also indicate the series may tend to lean into a more high flying/arcade version of hockey, but it could just be lip service to making a sim seem even more exciting. Really there’s no way to know just yet on that.

Regardless, we’ll be keeping an eye on things as we expect much more information from EA on NHL soon! There will be a full reveal of NHL 18 details on June 21 at the NHL Awards.

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  1. I'm desperately hoping this is the year we get real substantial details on things that can't be shown in sizzle trailers.
    Game looks beautiful as always, but EA hasn't had an issue with the game looking good, or being able to show off some super unique deke and highlight real goal...my worry is that they'll be adding more of the rare goals, saves, and player celebrations, and continue to ignore the much needed base of the game.
    "They teach you a lot of things: Get the puck deep. Finish your checks. Make the simple plays... But where's the fun in that?"
    Its early...very early, but I think DJNEO was right that this is going towards a somewhat arcade style.
    I like the mouth guard on Marner, other than that, not much else to see. Looks like the same goalie flop animation on the goal as well.
    Doesn't look like Frostbite is in either.
    Just a teaser but, as my favorite game and sport, you expect to be so pumped for the upcoming release and then now it's just like...blah
    csamuelsvt
    "They teach you a lot of things: Get the puck deep. Finish your checks. Make the simple plays... But where's the fun in that?"
    Its early...very early, but I think DJNEO was right that this is going towards a somewhat arcade style.
    I like the mouth guard on Marner, other than that, not much else to see. Looks like the same goalie flop animation on the goal as well.
    Doesn't look like Frostbite is in either.
    Just a teaser but, as my favorite game and sport, you expect to be so pumped for the upcoming release and then now it's just like...blah

    That's my thought process. I'm not trying to be overly negative, but the immediate lean towards the flashy goal, showing the old goalie animation that looks detached from the ice, and the mouth guard option that while cool, isn't a huge detail is worrying, only because EA has a tendency to go for the things that look cool, but don't really add a ton.
    I know it's only an incredibly brief trailer with no real substance, but it's going to be very disappointing to see that I can add a hanging mouth guard to a player, but still can't edit much else about him, and 2/3 of my NHL team still have generic faces between the players.
    That said, I'm being cautiously optimistic, but I certainly won't be shocked to end up disappointed again.
    Pretty sure Austin Mathews will be on the cover after seeing the video which is not a bad idea he is a very talented young player. I would rather have a Red Wing but I don't think they have that caliber player on there team right now. It will be interesting to see but my money is on Matthews.
    "They teach you a lot of things: Get the puck deep. Finish your checks. Make the simple plays... But where's the fun in that?"
    I already knew I was skipping 18 due to the EASHL connection/region matching debacle this year, but that makes me more confident in my decision. I don't want figure skating and fancy dekes. I want a reasonable level of real hockey.
    csamuelsvt
    "They teach you a lot of things: Get the puck deep. Finish your checks. Make the simple plays... But where's the fun in that?"
    Its early...very early, but I think DJNEO was right that this is going towards a somewhat arcade style.
    I like the mouth guard on Marner, other than that, not much else to see. Looks like the same goalie flop animation on the goal as well.
    Doesn't look like Frostbite is in either.
    Just a teaser but, as my favorite game and sport, you expect to be so pumped for the upcoming release and then now it's just like...blah

    I am hoping since they did not show the goal hopefully some of the suspense will be an included 5 man goal celebration
    Based on the survey that went around I had a feeling the focus was going to be on arcadey stuff. I'm tempted to make a witty remark about how we've yet to be able to actually do any of the "simple plays" mentioned, but I guess I'm just at the point now where my expectations are nil until this series moves to a different engine.
    I enjoyed 17 more than any iteration in years, it's just so ****ing stale at this point. Over a decade of the same base game, it's just madness to expect any massive changes.
    Basing solely on the survey and teaser trailer shown,
    PROS:
    +There are some nice details shown. The mouthpiece and the celly toward the boards was a great touch.
    +Fluid new dekes are present as hinted by the survey.
    +Story mode might be coming to the series.
    +Focus on rookies impacting the game with the #TheKidsAreAllRight on twitter post and trailer focusing on Mitch Marner.
    CONS:
    -The slogan at the end "...where's the fun in that" refers to what game appealing to more arcade-like novice crowds rather than the hardcore gamers.
    -The same desperate goalie animation was shown, again. Sigh. Poor Anderson.
    -Two man celly was shown, not a 5-man one that the community has been aching for for several years.
    That's all we can gather right now. I'm sure more will come out about defensive skill stick and unnecessary*add-on to HUT since it is their main focus with these next-gen builds.
    "Where's the fun in that"? To a true hockey fan, it's ALL the fun. To the arcade-y, tournament player who squeaks out 18-17 victories with 5 minute periods, its true, there is no fun. The problem is that the base is filled with true hockey fans.
    clarkerots
    "Where's the fun in that"? To a true hockey fan, it's ALL the fun. To the arcade-y, tournament player who squeaks out 18-17 victories with 5 minute periods, its true, there is no fun. The problem is that the base is filled with true hockey fans.

    I'm not the target audience for a hockey game, (I rarely watch much outside of the playoffs and don't have a team to actively root for due to there not being one anywhere near me) but even I don't want the NHL series to be more arcade like.
    I haven't bought an NHL game in probably 5 years but was considering finally heading back to the series. However, if they tend to lean to a more arcade style of game I'll keep staying away.
    If I'm buying a hockey game, I want it to be actual hockey. I can go back to my N64 and play Wayne Gretzky if I want an arcade-style hockey game.
    Geeez, that was really disappointing to listen to. Teaser (phrasing) indeed...
    I'm not trying to be negative here, but I was truly disappointed and saddened to hear the end of that phrasing. :(
    Add me to the list of people who immediately thought an arcade like angle with that opening monologue. I'm guessing EA finally decided that after lack luster sales and a die hard community they just can't or won't please (myself included) that it's time to try and lure in a different type of gamer.
    jake19ny
    Add me to the list of people who immediately thought an arcade like angle with that opening monologue. I'm guessing EA finally decided that after lack luster sales and a die hard community they just can't or won't please (myself included) that it's time to try and lure in a different type of gamer.

    My thoughts.. and yet I'll still buy it because I love hockey more than any other sport by a HUGE margin. :(
    Boo. If it's arcadey, I have more reason to stay away.
    I don't even understand this direction (if it is the direction). When was the game a full simulation?
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    Definitely disappointing. Hopefully EA proves me wrong this year, but I think getting hyped up for NHL to release every year and then getting a game with the same problems and same features is getting a bit old... But hey, at least they have mouth guards hanging out of a player's mouth now! :y14:
    Fundamentals? Where's the fun in that? Here's more dekes! I'm not even trying to troll, that's what the trailer said verbatim. I really wish someone would make a defensive minded hockey game.
    That trailer has to be one of the worst ever. I don't know any more about the game now than I did before I watched it. As I listened to "get the puck deep....", I thought, good, maybe it'll be worthwhile to dump the puck in like in real hockey. Then about "make the simple play", I thought good, nothing flashy, just good straight up sim hockey. Then I heard "where's the fun in that?". Complete buzzkill. The narration led to an NHL arcade game and the trailer showed nothing exciting. The whole trailer is disappointing and uninspiring. The problem is, I like hockey, so I'll probably break down and get it.
    Madden has three game types, so maybe they just added an arcade alternative. I still think there's a possibility they improved the core game.
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    ps2sportgamer
    Madden has three game types, so maybe they just added an arcade alternative. I still think there's a possibility they improved the core game.
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    NHL has had all of those game types for years. Including "arcade" and"hardcore simulation."
    I'm with everyone, worst choice of words for a teaser. I'm hoping it's not the ACTUAL vision they are leaning to now, hockey is much more than dangles.
    What they should've done is actually show the smart plays in that moment and THEN end with that dangle. At least then you would have a true representation of the game and still be sizzly enough for newbies.
    Anyone else think having your mouthguard hanging out of your mouth during play should be an equipment violation with a 2 minute penalty? I'm a Flames fan and it drives me nuts when Matthew Tkachuk chews on his the entire game... It's supposed to protect your teeth and brain, not assuage your A.D.D.
    Also, this trailer was super depressing as a fan of fundamental hockey. And the great new feature is of course an old feature that they previously removed and are adding back in.
    Gotta love the old wonky desperation save animation. At least it's not like last year, where they put a total speed warp right into one of the trailers, but still, the physics don't seem right.
    Not gonna judge based on a trailer made for two and a half months before the game. Hoping further trailers will be more substantial deep-dives.
    Not much to see here. If the rumors are true and the game is going to an arcade style, then I will probably skip this year for the first time ever. It is looking like Super Mega Baseball 2 and Pro Evolution Soccer will be taking up most of my gaming time anyway, so I'm really looking for NHL to give me a reason to change my mind.
    I think the problem might be that the game will be stuck somewhere between arcade and simulation. It won't be over the top enough like NHL Hitz to please the arcade fans, and it won't be realistic enough to please the simulation fans.
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    What I don't understand is why they can't leave what they already have in the game and still add something arcadey like the 3 on 3 they talked about. I know they only have so much time and resources but the core is in place and the offline game was pretty good until they ruined it with tuner after tuner. If they would just tweak or build on the existing modes while adding a new mode for a new type of gamer, that's how you build on your franchise.
    If I can play an offline season and tweak with sliders to play a decent game, they add roster share, 5 man celebrations, and fix the 3-3 OT to two forwards and 1 defenseman (all overdue and incompetent to be excluded) then I will buy, but not day one. I need to know that's there first.
    I'm not sure the wording means anything, but it at the very least is an awful choice of words. You can't alienate your fundamental hockey base in your hype video.
    I don't think it's right to judge anything off a 10s clip.
    But let's pretend that DJNeo was right and this game is going more 'arcade'.
    Considering they haven't gotten SIM right in forever, maybe it's time to go in a different direction.
    I don't think EA will ever be able to provide a true, organic, gritty representation of the sport.
    The last to do that was NHL2K3 and quit frankly, I don't think the EA team has the proper talent/resources to make that happen.
    Unless someone on these boards wins the lottery and hires Treyarch to make another hockey game, we're going to have to live with EA's game.
    So what actually happened to the NHL games from last generation to current generation? Did they change the people who make the game from the jump to current gen? This series is reminding me of NBA Live series when they went from xbox/ps2 to xbo360/ps3.
    Money99
    I don't think it's right to judge anything off a 10s clip.
    But let's pretend that DJNeo was right and this game is going more 'arcade'.
    Considering they haven't gotten SIM right in forever, maybe it's time to go in a different direction.
    I don't think EA will ever be able to provide a true, organic, gritty representation of the sport.
    The last to do that was NHL2K3 and quit frankly, I don't think the EA team has the proper talent/resources to make that happen.
    Unless someone on these boards wins the lottery and hires Treyarch to make another hockey game, we're going to have to live with EA's game.

    In my opinion, it's not really a matter of not being able to, just not wanting to. The money for EA in the relatively small hockey video game market appears to be in more quick to jump into fun hockey, which is fine, but if making a more simulation style type of hockey takes away from the ability to focus on HUT or making it fun with big goals, dekes and hits, it looks like EA just doesn't see a point to it.
    TSGuy
    So what actually happened to the NHL games from last generation to current generation? Did they change the people who make the game from the jump to current gen? This series is reminding me of NBA Live series when they went from xbox/ps2 to xbo360/ps3.

    From everything I've seen/heard (which needs to be taken with a grain of salt, as a lot of it is speculation or stuff someone heard from someone someplace else) the EA team at one point, I believe when they were making the jump from last-gen to current-gen had a few members of their team pulled off to help EA with their MMA game. As I mentioned above, I don't think the NHL series' issues are from a fundamental inability of the EA NHL staff to execute what would be a more hardcore game. I think the issue is EA doesn't see that as profitable, and wants the focus to be kept on providing easy access to everyone, and helping to push people towards the HUT modes. I say that based on the fact that I can't remember the last Twitter or Facebook post from EA that had anything to do with a mode beside HUT. Winning HUT cards, showing HUT highlights, etc. Now, that's fine, in itself, but the EA NHL team is going to be obviously smaller than most, so their ability to "multi-task" in terms of addressing things like Trade AI, Scouting AI, and team AI may be hampered by their need to accomplish X or Y for other game modes deemed more important by the people who keep the lights on.
    It's similar to my job. I might want a server to be upgraded, or thing that there's a better way to do something, and I can suggest, document and state my case...but at the end of the day, the higher ups who control the purse strings and direction of the company might overrule me in a way that I think is less effective or not as good, but that's about the end of my ability to sway things.
    AdamJones113
    Gotta love the old wonky desperation save animation. At least it's not like last year, where they put a total speed warp right into one of the trailers, but still, the physics don't seem right.
    Not gonna judge based on a trailer made for two and a half months before the game. Hoping further trailers will be more substantial deep-dives.

    I think it's the way the goalies don't seem to really push off with their pads or skates. Like they kind of dive, twist their body above the ice, and then move laterally to dive at the puck.
    Nice post ActionHank. Agree with a lot of what you wrote.
    If you venture through all the various EA games on OS, you'll notice a common theme.
    All of their games suffer from poor AI and a lack of differential between player types and teams.
    I'm always toying with the idea of purchasing a soccer game, just to mix things up, and when I go to the FIFA boards, I see a lot of people complaining that your CPU teammates are too docile and rarely attack the ball carrier. Sound familiar?
    In Madden, people complain about every QB you play against having a magical arm.
    The only game that may have a chance at being something decent is NBA Live.
    2K's gameplay is considered the best across the board, so EA knows they have to come strong to knock them off their perch.
    Programming realistic AI in the form of team styles, individual player skills and tendencies is incredibly hard and time consuming.
    Why on earth would EA invest in that when they've already cornered the market in all the other sports?
    Why not use time and resources building up modes that can earn money from online transactions?
    Pffft, you want Pittsburgh to play a different style than the Wild?
    That's adorable. Now buy a new pack of HUT cards, mouth-breather!
    This "trailer" literally showed nothing besides chewing the mouthguard and a terrible goalie attempt to make a save.  Its still early but if there is no GM Connected its gonna be a hard press to buy this year!  I feel as if this game will be aimed more towards the younger kids who want an arcade style and can put mommy and daddys money into the game!
    Not for nothing but if they have chewing mouth pieces in the game but no 5 man celebration or basic roster share that has been in most sports games for years now, that will be one big kick in the nads
    jake19ny
    Not for nothing but if they have chewing mouth pieces in the game but no 5 man celebration or basic roster share that has been in most sports games for years now, that will be one big kick in the nads

    I agree 1000000%. Great point with the 5 man celebration. Rammer, Ben Ross, etc have been saying they haven't had them in yet because you get some awkward animations when small player and tall players get together.
    I really don't care what the excuse is anymore, it is a HUGE part of hockey. Seeing 2 players celebrate and the other 3 standing around doing the same animation over and over and then skating towards the bench is inexcusable going into year FOUR. Enough of the excuses. Worry about the BASICS before adding mouth guards. 2K basketball did it last year because they have pretty much done everything else right(with some needed fixes here and there).
    I would even take a 5 man cutscene these days instead of the 2 man celebration as long as it has many different scenes. The 2 man has to go and judging from that trailer, the 2 man is STILL IN...ugh
    I love NHL 17. Just getting that out there. Its the best NHL game Ive played by far.
    NHL 18 better have boxscores in the calendar this year.
    better have a league leaders section
    better have roster sharing
    Id also like them to add some game highlites to games you sim- if they dont ever plan on showing out of town hoghlites.
    Like if I sim a game and go to the game tracker, let me see some generic goal and save highlites. Nothing fancy- at least show something. so I can see how the goals were scored. And some key save highlites
    I'm honestly amazed that EA's marketing team thought this would be a good teaser trailer. The copy, the visuals, everything is really rough, not to mention the obvious dig at people who have been asking for them to make a "more realistic" hockey game. Someone else said it earlier - why decide to alienate some of your fanbase in a teaser trailer? Just totally unnecessary.
    Maybe it's just the screen grab, but the colors look a bit washed out, especially if you view it compared to the other screens on the OS site. The Maple Leaf blue seems kind of faded. Again, could just be the screenshot, but it keeps nagging at me.
    This trailer feels like a waste of time and money. It's a box to check for the marketing department. Its only real hint is that deking is probably going to play a prominent role in the '18 version. I get that it's just a teaser trailer, but it didn't entice me to know more. I'm almost dreading the feature list.

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