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NHL 19 Cover Athlete is P.K. Subban - Reveals Trailer, 2 New Modes and More

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NHL 19 Cover Athlete is P.K. Subban - Reveals Trailer, 2 New Modes and More

Electronic Arts Inc. today unveiled the first look at EA SPORTS NHL® 19 to hockey fans at the 2018 NHL Awards™ presented by Hulu in Las Vegas. Electronic Arts also revealed Nashville Predators’ Norris Trophy-winning defenseman and Olympic gold-medalist, P.K. Subban, as the NHL® 19 cover athlete.

For the first time in franchise history, NHL® 19 allows players to journey from the pond to the pros and play on outdoor rinks in new and returning game modes. Players can create a character and express their look and playstyle with over 900 new customization items including, for the first time, lifestyle apparel inspired by pond hockey. On the ice, the cutting-edge animation technology Real Player Motion (RPM) Tech delivers explosive-edge skating with more acceleration and responsiveness that looks and feels better. NHL® 19 also lets players compete with and against over 200 of the greatest hockey legends to ever play the sport, including Wayne Gretzky.

“Growing up, and still to this day, my friends and I love seeing who is on the cover and ultimately getting to play the game,” said Subban. “Being the cover athlete for NHL 19, for me, represents growth within our sport, embracing different personalities, and showing that anything is possible. I’m honored to be able to sport the Smashville colors on this year’s cover.”

In NHL® 19, the sport returns to the ponds where players can compete under a unified progression hub called World of CHEL that unites EA SPORTS Hockey League, NHL THREES™ Drop In and two new modes, NHL ONES™ and Pro-Am. NHL ONES™ pits three players against each other in a 1v1v1 free-for-all with no rules and no stoppages. Players can win to rank up to new outdoor locations and defend their position as king-of-the-hill. Players can also play in any World of CHEL mode to progress their online Create-A-Character, unlock rewards, and customize their look and their playstyle.

Powering the core of NHL® 19 is cutting-edge gameplay technology, RPM Tech, which redefines the way movement and animations are captured. RPM Tech enables explosive-edge skating, giving players more control, faster acceleration and more responsiveness as they move up and down the ice. RPM Tech combines with a new collision physics system that introduces more contextual body-checking, bringing bigger, badder, jaw-dropping hits that are dynamic based on speed, size and point of impact.

Fans can enjoy all that NHL® 19 has to offer while also paying tribute to stars of the past with the addition of Legends, featuring over 200 of hockey’s greatest from all eras, including Wayne Gretzky. Players can compete as Hero Teams that combine squads of superstars from the past and present for an ultimate fantasy matchup. Play with the best of the best from all eras in both single-player and multiplayer modes.

The youthful expression of today’s hockey is also represented in NHL® 19 where, for the first time, players can create a unique look with lifestyle gear and clothing, including hoodies, jackets, parkas, and knits frame hockey lifestyle brands and unique custom designs. New playstyle classes and player traits also let players customize the way they perform on the ice, allowing fans the freedom to create and compete as the players they’ve always wanted to be.

NHL® 19 is available on September 14, 2018 for PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One. Be first in line to compete from the pond to the pros, unlocking the full game three days early on September 11, 2018 when you pre-order the NHL®19 Legends Edition and NHL®19 Ultimate Edition*! In addition, EA Access members can play for up to 10 hours starting September 6, 2018 with the EA Access Play First Trial.** For more information on EA SPORTS NHL, visit the website at www.easports.com/NHL.

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  1. New skating animations look pretty nice. That pond hockey mode looks horrible though...
    Also, "World of Chel" being a thing in the game is a high level of cringe IMO.
    snc237
    For sure thought frostbite and outdoor games would be in this years game. Still no group hugs...*

    I swear I saw one at :47 with the Pens celebrating as a group.
    As usual you can’t tell a whole lot from these trailers as it’s nit gameplay but just a bunch of cut scenes.
    Last year we got NHL 3s now 1s. Simply a gimmick
    Did see a 5 man celebration but remains to be seen if that’s after every goal.
    Did see what looked like a created Jersey and goalie mask. If they added the ability to share those like suggested than a roster vault better exist too....no excuse
    Legends are nice but if the player separation doesn’t exist as it has not for years....it’s pointless.
    Hopefully the new skating translates into better game play....again remains to be seen.
    Bottom line is some of these things can be good if they work and are not done halfway but if the core issues plaguing this game and bone head teammate AI still exists it’s all a fail. Feel bad or franchise and GM guys who also get no love..
    Steve_OS
    Yup, sure did.

    I was thinking it could be a playoff series win celebration but it doesn't say NHL Playoffs anywhere on the ice or the boards, so that's promising.
    Steve_OS
    Yup, sure did.

    Don’t be fooled by this. Could be a rookies first career goal cutscene like last year or some milestone. If it is truly in someone needs to confirm now or they should have shown it more.
    Scroll towards the end of the trailer and you see the same two man celebrations with the jets and i forget the other team showcased.
    Game Informer article says they're catering to the online multiplayer community with this. How is that different from any other year?
    Only franchise mode improvement is for scouting, it would not shock me if expansion mode is gone.
    Another year with ZERO significant Be A Pro improvements. This is just a sad state of affairs.
    The only way I could possibly see myself buying this on day one is if the price is $29.99 like NBA but this crap game has no competition so it'll be $60
    csamuelsvt
    Don’t be fooled by this. Could be a rookies first career goal cutscene like last year or some milestone. If it is truly in someone needs to confirm now or they should have shown it more.
    Scroll towards the end of the trailer and you see the same two man celebrations with the jets and i forget the other team showcased.

    Or an overtime game winner
    Why do they even waste space on franchise mode at all if they're not going to put any effort into it? Personally I'm very disappointed. Not surprised in the least as it's become standard for EA to put very little to no effort into franchise mode. I know these other modes will make someone happy, just a huge disappointment for me personally. Going to give this a big pass this year unless they come out with some info down the road on improvements. Only did last year for the expansion mode. I'm sad to see franchise modes dying. 
    The youthful expression of today’s hockey is also represented in NHL® 19 where, for the first time, players can create a unique look with lifestyle gear and clothing, including hoodies, jackets, parkas, and knits frame hockey lifestyle brands and unique custom designs. New playstyle classes and player traits also let players customize the way they perform on the ice, allowing fans the freedom to create and compete as the players they’ve always wanted to be.
    The whole part about play styles and classes make me think this will be a lot like NBA Live Pro am. Which is great with the unlocking of attributes for what you do on the floor or in NHL the ice. Plus part about freedom to create and compete as the player you want to be. So sounds like no base garbage class with everyone the same speed as the past three years. Plus unlocking of over 900 items will give players something to play for and to keep playing the game. I didn't buy 18 for the first time in 10 years. 19 will be a buy for my old EASHL club. RPM tech should help big time. I'm excited for a NHL game for the first time since the last PS3 version I bought in 14 .
    capnlarge
    I was thinking it could be a playoff series win celebration but it doesn't say NHL Playoffs anywhere on the ice or the boards, so that's promising.

    I feel like we saw this during last years reveal trailer too but it never materialized in game
    jake19ny
    I feel like we saw this during last years reveal trailer too but it never materialized in game

    Are you saying that EA is providing us with misleading game trailers? O_O
    Finally EA has the balls to put a black hockey player on the cover. Only took them 20+ years to do it! EA never had the balls to put Jarome Iginla on the cover because they were afraid of the backlash it would of receive.
    Also does anyone realize EA is turning NBA Live into NBA Street and NHL into NHL Hitz. They know FIFA and Madden are their money makers so they're basically just experimenting with NBA and NHL and trying to make it arcade games without officially saying its a arcade game. Its sad but those 2 sport games are pretty much done
    Focus10
    Finally EA has the balls to put a black hockey player on the cover. Only took them 20+ years to do it! EA never had the balls to put Jarome Iginla on the cover because they were afraid of the backlash it would of receive.

    Is this sarcasm? Iginla was on the cover of NHL 2003.
    Why did EA not transition any game to Frostbite this year? Are they disappointed with the engine? Or just don't care enough to work it for NHL or NBA? PS5 is supposed to come out in two years, how are they even going to have these games ready? They weren't the last time. It is bleak times for offline and franchise fans. I have zero interest in this years NHL offerings. 
    this is the least impresseed Ive been by an EA game. Ever.
    And Ive been getting them since the beginning.
    I know its early, but I never got NHL 18 and this one looks even more arcadey and more towards online gaming crap.
    I still play NHL 17 tho, and I think thats a great game with my created team in franchise mode. Just wish it had a better franchise mode and player differences.
    Splitter77
    this is the least impresseed Ive been by an EA game. Ever.
    And Ive been getting them since the beginning.
    I know its early, but I never got NHL 18 and this one looks even more arcadey and more towards online gaming crap.
    I still play NHL 17 tho, and I think thats a great game with my created team in franchise mode. Just wish it had a better franchise mode and player differences.

    I still play NHL Legacy on PS3 and I'm having way more fun than playing NHL 18. With NHLView, I can manage my rosters the way I want. With other guys, we created the most accurate rosters ever by adding over 1000 players who were not in the game, like NCAA, USHL and KHL. We have the widest pool ever of prospects for upcoming drafts. Even if we can't play with Vegas in GM Mode, it's still the most fun hockey experience I can get.
    Reff99
    I still play NHL Legacy on PS3

    Me too - I honestly just enjoy it way more than any of the current gen offerings, especially with using my own music and goal horns.
    ttrobbins84
    Why do they even waste space on franchise mode at all if they're not going to put any effort into it? Personally I'm very disappointed. Not surprised in the least as it's become standard for EA to put very little to no effort into franchise mode. I know these other modes will make someone happy, just a huge disappointment for me personally. Going to give this a big pass this year unless they come out with some info down the road on improvements. Only did last year for the expansion mode. I'm sad to see franchise modes dying.*

    Let's face it franchise mode does not make the extra revenue so why improve it, but hey we can shop for "lifestyle apparel" which is a concept they stole from an NES game about the Olsen twins.
    On a positive note 5 man celebrations are finally BACK IN and apparently real time. Shocked as it's only taken them, 5 years to fix this
    The writer of the game informer article wrote the folliowing as well last night on twitter:
    -Doc and Eddie are back
    -Goalies have been reworked to cut down on bad angle goals
    -Five man cellys
    -New replay angles
    -The game is getting another lighting pass before launch(updating the lighting)
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    csamuelsvt
    On a positive note 5 man celebrations are finally BACK IN and apparently real time. Shocked as it's only taken them, 5 years to fix this
    The writer of the game informer article wrote the folliowing as well last night on twitter:
    -Doc and Eddie are back
    -Goalies have been reworked to cut down on bad angle goals
    -Five man cellys
    -New replay angles
    -The game is getting another lighting pass before launch(updating the lighting)

    About time the 5 man celebrations are in the game.
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