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NHL 19 Features Real Player Motion Tech, Outdoor Rinks, Legends, New Modes & More

NHL 19

NHL 19 Features Real Player Motion Tech, Outdoor Rinks, Legends, New Modes & More

NHL 19 will feature the new Real Player Motion Tech, along with outdoor hockey, over 900 customization options from authentic NHL apparel to pond hockey lifestyle clothing from some of the biggest brands in sports. You can also step onto the pond and compete in the EA SPORTS Hockey League, NHL THREES, Play Now and the brand new modes NHL ONES and Pro-Am. Check out some of the NHL 19 features below.

WHAT’S NEW

In NHL® 19, play on outdoor rinks and journey from the ponds to the pros in new and returning game modes. Compete with and against 200 of the greatest hockey legends to ever hit the ice, highlighted by Wayne Gretzky. Powered by cutting-edge new gameplay technology, experience explosive-edge skating that delivers more acceleration, speed and responsiveness.

OUTDOOR HOCKEY IN WORLD OF CHEL

For the first time in franchise history, step onto the pond and compete in the EA SPORTS Hockey League, NHL THREES, Play Now and the brand new modes NHL ONES and Pro-Am. In NHL ONES, you and two other players compete in a 1v1v1 free-for-all gauntlet. Showcase your skills and creativity with no rules, no stoppages, and no limits.

RPM TECH

With RPM Tech, Explosive-edge skating enables more control over how you generate speed using edge-work and crossovers. With all new animations, you’ll experience more responsiveness in acceleration, high-speed skating, and pin-point turns.

SELF EXPRESSION

Stand out on the ice with over 900 customization options from authentic NHL apparel to pond hockey lifestyle clothing from some of the biggest brands in sports. Express yourself like never before with thousands of combinations of fresh looks. Stay up to date with the latest NHL® 19 news and never miss out on gear for your avatar.

LEGENDS HAVE ARRIVED

Play with or against over 200 hockey legends spanning 100 years of NHL history and build your dream team. Superstars of today’s game playing alongside historical figures of past seasons is a defining factor of one hockey.

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  1. Huh... I guess I shouldn't have believed the initial hype. Here I was thinking they'd actually implement a MyCareer-type mode. Silly, silly me. EA will never "get it". I'd bet anything that this game will essentially be the same game as the past 5 years on the PS4 with minimal upgrades and the same issues.
    No buy, once again.
    It's incredibly frustrating after years of hoping for them to really overhaul the Be a GM mode to see yet another year where something goofy is the focus (Outdoor 3-on-3 and customizing my street clothes?) but I guess that's the way these things go.
    It's been a bit disappointing to not get to play the sport I love watching every game of and playing, all because the gameplay (for me) has been the same tired thing for the past 4 to 5 years.
    I can't even feign the optimism of years past. I skipped last year after seeing people post videos of them playing, when I realized I couldn't really see a difference, and it looks like this year I can just go ahead and skip it now.
    NHL is an after thought for EA. They just do the bare minimum with this title. I'll once again wait until the season is over, and then buy it for $19, like I did this year.
    So pond hockey over having the winter classic. Yeah that makes sense. I never touch the gimmick modes. Sure I try it for about 5 min then never go back.
    tullyd
    You people need to not. Judge this game based on a 1 minute trailer and wait to see more gameplay footage with the. New skating engine.

    Its the same thing every year dude. Waiting to see more scripted gameplay footage isnt going to change anything. They dont deserve the benefit of the doubt at all.
    tullyd
    Neither is judging the game based. On a 1 minute trailer

    Of course we can’t make a final judgement on these cut scene trailers but you can’t deny people have the right to be skeptical when last year we were given nhl 3s and create a mascot. Legacy issues, horrible AI, and players that all play the same for years and go untouched. Things a very passionate community ask for go ignored. Believe me if the game plays great and there are noticeable improvements people will give EA props but history is not on EAs side
    heroies
    https://www.polygon.com/2018/6/20/17446816/nhl-19-release-date-preview-ea-sports-ps4-xbox-one
    I thought maybe they made changes in franchise and be a pro and wanted to hide it and surprise us but guess not. What is ea playing at . I mean yea the only hockey game sure I will buy it but cmon ea are u serious . The least hyped I have ever been for an nhl game.

    Total bummer on the only franchise major change was to scouting. I guess there will come a day.. and maybe it's this year, that I totally go to text sims for all my favorite sports.
    Edit: I just saw a post over on the EA forums that said if you're a franchise fan stay tuned for more news on that over the summer (so there is still hope)
    Pond Hockey is cool but I'm pretty sure NHL 2K5-7 had pond hockey and the fact that this is one of EA biggest feature their hyping about when we've seen it in games that are 12-14 years is beyond pathetic. But I guess EA can say, WELL YOU DIDNT GET TO WEAR STREET CLOTHES IN NHL 2K!
    I had bought every EA NHL game since the original (1991) until NHL 18. It looks like the streak will continue for 19 (unless they finally add custom music, then I'll be suckered in)!
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    Something tells me this year, that this could be it for this particular development team. I did notice they have a new creative director I believe next to Rammer running the show.
    They are trying for the second consecutive year to bring in more casual players and people to play online with these gimmick online modes or NHL 3s Arcade stuff that have been done with NHL Hitz and other games in the past.
    I have to give DJNEO props for the second consecutive year once the features were revealed. They are taking this game in the wrong direction if you are a sim player or someone like myself that only plays offline modes.
    I touched NHL 3s I think twice.
    I like the real player motion from the 2 second clip of Crosby that was shown and Patrick Kane...other than that, I mean I can't believe this is it. Seems like Live and NHL series are tied to the hip. No Frostbite, just the real player motion.
    Lets hope there is more, but I think we all know for the most part, this is it. Goalie animations looked exactly the same from the trailer(Yes I know it's a trailer, still tho) and probably still get beat with the same goals over and over...ugh
    I also detest the 'Chel slogan.
    jake19ny
    Of course we can’t make a final judgement on these cut scene trailers but you can’t deny people have the right to be skeptical when last year we were given nhl 3s and create a mascot. Legacy issues, horrible AI, and players that all play the same for years and go untouched. Things a very passionate community ask for go ignored. Believe me if the game plays great and there are noticeable improvements people will give EA props but history is not on EAs side

    It doesn't help that the gamechangers for NHL seem to eat up what ever the dev team throws on the wall. I just don't get how a 1v1v1 outdoor mode or customizable gear with weird patterns should be any reason for anyone to get excited. How is this the top feature you're touting?
    NHL 15 killed the sales for this series. Why is this game still $60-$99? Take a lesson from what NBA Live did last year & cut the standard version's price to $29.99 & the Ultimate Edition or whatever should be $59.99
    CashFlagg
    Has EA said whether the option to play as an expansion team in Franchise mode will remain in NHL 19 or not?

    Wouldn't surprise me if they eliminated this.
    I just want them to add the Playoff Round, the game # of the series, & the score of the series to the score overlay in franchise/playoff mode.
    tullyd
    You people need to not. Judge this game based on a 1 minute trailer and wait to see more gameplay footage with the. New skating engine.

    No offense, but I was saying the same thing years ago. "Oh, it's just the trailer, surely the actual gameplay will be better".
    I have yet to experience that. The skating changes of the past few years haven't really done much to help you actually skate like a real player. Regardless of that, for someone that plays offline, the AI is one of the biggest needs. Is it possible that EA has a huge AI revamp in store? Yeah, definitely. But the past few years have been ones where I've seen their focus shift more and more from the offline side to focusing almost exclusively on HUT and online modes.
    csamuelsvt
    Something tells me this year, that this could be it for this particular development team. I did notice they have a new creative director I believe next to Rammer running the show.
    They are trying for the second consecutive year to bring in more casual players and people to play online with these gimmick online modes or NHL 3s Arcade stuff that have been done with NHL Hitz and other games in the past.
    I have to give DJNEO props for the second consecutive year once the features were revealed. They are taking this game in the wrong direction if you are a sim player or someone like myself that only plays offline modes.
    I touched NHL 3s I think twice.
    I like the real player motion from the 2 second clip of Crosby that was shown and Patrick Kane...other than that, I mean I can't believe this is it. Seems like Live and NHL series are tied to the hip. No Frostbite, just the real player motion.
    Lets hope there is more, but I think we all know for the most part, this is it. Goalie animations looked exactly the same from the trailer(Yes I know it's a trailer, still tho) and probably still get beat with the same goals over and over...ugh
    I also detest the 'Chel slogan.

    I think the team is fine. The thing is, while a lot of people here (and on Reddit apparently) are frustrated and unhappy with the direction of the game, it seems that none of that is cause for concern at EA. I don't even think the "faults" of the game are at the feet of Rammer or any of the team.
    They've given a direction, and they go in that direction. EA likely said "We need more focus on the online side, HUT modes are big in sports games now" and that's what the team gets focused on.
    I have the same issue in my IT job. Just because I think an idea is stupid, doesn't mean the higher ups do. I can make my case, I can point out what I think could be better, but at the end of the day it isn't my call.
    Instead of reinventing EA should be refining the skating engine by now. lol.
    I'm going to hold off my pre-order since I don't see anything from this preview that would warrant a purchase for me. I'd like see some actual game play before I decide.
    Ive been saying it for awhile. Online gaming and micro transactions now rule the video game scene. Great single player games with awesome stories like The Last of Us are few and far between. Legit sim like sports titles for true fans of the sport are dying a quick death. We are all mad at EA but it’s the industry as whole going that way. It wouldnt surprise me in the least i found they find a way to slip micro transactions into this create a player 1s thing. Maybe not this year but next year
    This dev team's response every year is "more gameplay modes," and it's pathetic. 20 different gimmick modes, sweet. I'm skeptical by default of their ability to implement any substantial gameplay changes, and considering all they gave us in that arena is "real player movement" (which I'll believe is no real change until I see it in action), it doesn't look like they're all that interested in people who play the game to play hockey. Their TOP feature they're promoting is a wardrobe change for player models playing pond hockey. Pathetic.
    Also the "Chel" stuff is cringe-worthy.
    I'm holding out some hope for some more emotion in the game when it comes to goals and everything, but nothing this development team has ever done has me convinced I should expect anything substantial.
    If they take out the "play as expansion team" in franchise mode, they should seriously be blasted. That's the best feature they've offered in a while.
    actionhank

    I think the team is fine. The thing is, while a lot of people here (and on Reddit apparently) are frustrated and unhappy with the direction of the game, it seems that none of that is cause for concern at EA. I don't even think the "faults" of the game are at the feet of Rammer or any of the team.
    They've given a direction, and they go in that direction. EA likely said "We need more focus on the online side, HUT modes are big in sports games now" and that's what the team gets focused on.

    Very true.
    All one has to do is visit the FIFA and Madden boards to see the same complaints; Poor AI, no player separation, little gameplay improvements, too much emphasis on online and micro transaction modes.
    It's the way everything is going.
    Just looking at the feature list, so much of it is targeting gamers between 10>18 in age.
    CHEL? Beauty? These are modes targeting the Spicoli's of the hockey world.

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    csamuelsvt
    Something tells me this year, that this could be it for this particular development team. I did notice they have a new creative director I believe next to Rammer running the show.
    They are trying for the second consecutive year to bring in more casual players and people to play online with these gimmick online modes or NHL 3s Arcade stuff that have been done with NHL Hitz and other games in the past.
    I have to give DJNEO props for the second consecutive year once the features were revealed. They are taking this game in the wrong direction if you are a sim player or someone like myself that only plays offline modes.
    I touched NHL 3s I think twice.
    I like the real player motion from the 2 second clip of Crosby that was shown and Patrick Kane...other than that, I mean I can't believe this is it. Seems like Live and NHL series are tied to the hip. No Frostbite, just the real player motion.
    Let's hope there is more, but I think we all know for the most part, this is it. Goalie animations looked exactly the same from the trailer(Yes I know it's a trailer, still tho) and probably still get beat with the same goals over and over...ugh
    I also detest the 'Chel slogan.

    Well, the funny thing is I was actually making jokes before I left the Gamechangers about how it might end when they trying to make the game more "exciting" by shorter periods and just 3 players (3s). I was asking what will be next, just one player (1s) and one minute? Didn't know they'll take it seriously as my last input to the group Lol
    Seriously tho, I was asking myself several times whether this was right decision or not. Ot was really cool for me to have the inside informations about the game I played whole life. But seeing once again how far away they are taking this series from what I would actually love to do... it would just don't make any sense for me... or us.
    It would make sense for them from a business standpoint, but that's a different thing.
    The skating looks promising tho. Might be a great or bad thing, depends on the tunning.
    Hopefully this game will bring the community together with a share option for created rosters, players, goalie masks and really take advantage of the customization aspect of NHL19. That truly would be epic.
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    tyler289
    If they take out the "play as expansion team" in franchise mode, they should seriously be blasted. That's the best feature they've offered in a while.

    which is why I think I'll pass on 19 and just stick with 18. I have more fun creating fantasy drafts in Franchise mode and creating a whole new NHL world. Jack up the trade meter so teams are constantly making deals. It won't matter since it's all new anyways.
    19 is going to be a disappointment - it's catering to the wrong base, but that's how I see it.
    NHL 19 Real Player Motion sounds a lot like NHL 08-10 player control and movement when the skating engine was quick and responsive. EA's been using the same core game engine for the past 10 years, so why not do a full circle and bring back what they had 10 years ago? If NHL 19 is quick and responsive as touted to be, with big hits back in the game, aka NHL 08-10, then the game might actually be fun again. Wouldn't that be a nice surprise, along with a tweaked ai that actually play somewhat intelligently.
    I totally agree though that this game should retail for no more than $29.99 at release. NBA Live did it last year and I think it's time for NHL to do the same. Once they give us a brand new game, completely overhauled, then they can charge us full price.
    jdl24
    Hopefully this game will bring the community together with a share option for created rosters, players, goalie masks and really take advantage of the customization aspect of NHL19. That truly would be epic.
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    I don’t think there is going to be a create it share anything. Its looking more like that jersey and mask was something you unlock. Sounds like there will be default you can choose from but then unlock random stuff by playing 1s. I’m almost certain I can guarantee you won’t be able to implement those masks or gear on to your offline NHL franchise or season. Almost everything this dev team does is only half way
    Everything about this series always feels incomplete. Like it could have been great but they just didn’t finish it....like a kid building a science project. When I was a kid I was making a volcano for my science fair. I worked really hard on the landscape and added a lot of details with roads, cars, houses, and people. I thought it would be so cool watching the lava engulf my detailed village. By the time it came to make the volcano itself, the core of the project, I became bored as kids do and my effort was minimal resulting in a less than impressive volcano. Needles to say I had a poor volcano rising above a very detailed village that didn’t work right and I received a poor grade. This series is my volcano......
    It just seems to me that the NHL franchise is very much at a place—for budgetary reasons or otherwise—where it's forced to create within the parameters of the sport and what other sports games have done. The full customization, for example, seems to come from NBA 2k, and the new scouting system (which is good, IMO, don't get me wrong) from FIFA. From a business model, there's nothing wrong with trying to expand to esports. But as the Gaming World Championship showed, they need the 6v6 since the AI—which, lest we forget, has inarguably improved in the long wrong—and ruts that the game can get into just take some of the fun and explosiveness out of the game. Really liking the sound of this new skating engine, and I hope that will go a long way in terms of gameplay.
    As a single player who's played the game for a while, it's tough to stomach these flashy new modes so clearly designed to bring in new consumers, rather than satisfy us continued consumers. But it's pretty understandable. In the long run, it's better to inflate the base so that when more people start caring about the minutiae, there will be reason to care.
    AdamJones113
    It just seems to me that the NHL franchise is very much at a place—for budgetary reasons or otherwise—where it's forced to create within the parameters of the sport and what other sports games have done. The full customization, for example, seems to come from NBA 2k, and the new scouting system (which is good, IMO, don't get me wrong) from FIFA. From a business model, there's nothing wrong with trying to expand to esports. But as the Gaming World Championship showed, they need the 6v6 since the AI—which, lest we forget, has inarguably improved in the long wrong—and ruts that the game can get into just take some of the fun and explosiveness out of the game. Really liking the sound of this new skating engine, and I hope that will go a long way in terms of gameplay.
    As a single player who's played the game for a while, it's tough to stomach these flashy new modes so clearly designed to bring in new consumers, rather than satisfy us continued consumers. But it's pretty understandable. In the long run, it's better to inflate the base so that when more people start caring about the minutiae, there will be reason to care.

    Except that the sales are decreasing with each release, so it's obviously not working
    I'm not a huge NHL fan, but I've always been a fan of fun hockey games. The pond thing got my attention as an extremely casual hockey fan. My only question is all this pond stuff limited, like is it locked behind online multiplayer? Am I forced to play the pond mode on player-lock? NBA Live messed up in this regard. But if they are making this mode like "NHL Street" then I may download it on EA Access to give it a trial spin.
    jake19ny
    Ive been saying it for awhile. Online gaming and micro transactions now rule the video game scene. Great single player games with awesome stories like The Last of Us are few and far between. Legit sim like sports titles for true fans of the sport are dying a quick death. We are all mad at EA but it’s the industry as whole going that way. It wouldnt surprise me in the least i found they find a way to slip micro transactions into this create a player 1s thing. Maybe not this year but next year

    Well if that's the case and they continue this road path these developers won't be seeing my money. I'll stop playing sports games as it is.
    inkcil
    I'm not a huge NHL fan, but I've always been a fan of fun hockey games. The pond thing got my attention as an extremely casual hockey fan. My only question is all this pond stuff limited, like is it locked behind online multiplayer? Am I forced to play the pond mode on player-lock? NBA Live messed up in this regard. But if they are making this mode like "NHL Street" then I may download it on EA Access to give it a trial spin.

    You should give the Threes mode in NHL 18 a chance then. It's pretty fun, and is essentially pond hockey with NBA Jam-like presentation. I mean, it actually doesn't come close to being as good as NBA Jam's presentation, but it's also not terrible.
    Personally, I loved the pond hockey in one of the old 2K releases. And truth be told, for hockey more than any other sport, I really prefer over-the-top arcade action. OnceI accepted what EA was doing, I just went to Arcade mode, and boosted up the hits and speed, and just played for fun. It's kind of great that way.
    That doesn't appease simheads, but at least with the NHL, EA is not blocking competition. For Madden, embracing the arcade stuff is a lot more problematic because EA has locked out competitors, so anyone wanting a sim experience has to seek it from EA. With the NHL, 2K could step in and do a sim game any time, if they think it would sell well enough to make money.
    Maybe it's because I'm old, and have burned my self out on a lifetime of sim gaming, going back to cards and dice. I have less time to really dig in and craft a team, so sports games going big and fun kind of appeals to me more. There was a time I would have been outraged.
    jake19ny
    Ive been saying it for awhile. Online gaming and micro transactions now rule the video game scene. Great single player games with awesome stories like The Last of Us are few and far between. Legit sim like sports titles for true fans of the sport are dying a quick death. We are all mad at EA but it’s the industry as whole going that way. It wouldnt surprise me in the least i found they find a way to slip micro transactions into this create a player 1s thing. Maybe not this year but next year

    It's a bummer too. The offline gameplay suffers because so much time is put into refinements that will attract the online crowd. Even player customization shows it. We didn't get better customization until it was created for the online players. Then offline got the ability to add multi-colored visors and create red skate runners with neon green laces and matching stick tape.
    Meanwhile the ability to make a custom player that looks anything remotely like their real life counterpart is still nowhere to be seen as NHL remains one of the few games that still forces you to use pre-created 3D head models in the year 2018. Even if you could make them, you still can't share them with others, so your creations are stuck in your own little world. It wouldn't be so bad if EA had either the inclination or manpower to create better looking rosters (looking at the player models by comparison in The Show is depressing. A guy who's a bench short-stop in baseball gets a more accurate player face than Colton Parayko does as an NHL starting defender...)
    EA's game has always had so much potential, but it's been squandered by EA locking away customization and letting offline play stagnate at the expense of online focused gameplay modes. Things like "Create a Team" are hampered by the fact that you get very little in the way of actual customization (Games like NBA 2K blow it away in terms of what you can do, with the ability to import graphics and designs for use) and even if you do find a suitable team logo and make something...your team name will probably be awful. I wanted to make a team for Milwaukee, and went to create the Milwaukee Fox...buuuuuuuut, something as relatively basic as a Fox wasn't in there. I did have the option to be the "Fear the Beards" or the "Deke and Destroys"...but not Fox.
    It's the little things like that which become incredible frustrating. I don't mind that there's a fun element to the game. I think it's awesome that the NHL series can draw people in. Hell, I was one of those people who got interested in hockey way back with NHL 06, and slowly grew to better understand the game and want a more realistic experience. But I've become the last person the EA team is focused on. Now they pretty much exclusively cater to the audience that wants neon skates and visors, funny gloves and goofy team slogans, instead of aiming for both.
    mkharsh33
    which is why I think I'll pass on 19 and just stick with 18. I have more fun creating fantasy drafts in Franchise mode and creating a whole new NHL world. Jack up the trade meter so teams are constantly making deals. It won't matter since it's all new anyways.
    19 is going to be a disappointment - it's catering to the wrong base, but that's how I see it.

    If they take out that mode, I'll probably end up passing. I guess I'll have to see how much they add overall. That mode gives the game so much longevity AND fits with their "customization" push right now. I loved it this year and if they added small tweaks to it (allow custom rosters, etc.) there's a huge possibility.
    Unfortunately, we're at the point with this game/dev team where I expect them to remove features for no reason.
    Again, I really enjoyed NHL18 and think it's the best of the series for offline play, and needs some realllly small tweaks to really shine (more emotion on goals, better AI, expanded expansion mode, roster sharing, etc.), I really hope with their "we're going to 90% cater to 13-year-olds" strategy they don't ignore anyone outside that demo. New scouting system sounds solid, but then again, scouting wasn't really an issue in NHL18. There were a lot places they could have targeted for franchise mode, but I'll wait and see.
    The optimist in me wants to believe that EA has worked hard to tighten up AI, gameplay, commentary, franchise mode, etc. but adds back of the box fluff to sell to the Spicoli’s of the world.
    The skating engine certainly looks a LOT better.
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    Not surprised that we have few changes. This series is dead. Almost no one playing EASHL. I guess they can flog the Legends in HUT and the kids can float around on outdoor rinks.
    Very sad how this game has gone downhill. Yet, we still pay a premium like its a "AAA" game. :splat:
    please. some other company make a hockey game.
    anyone.
    look at tennis. a couple companies have made a couple games this year.
    This is a joke. We need a new hockey game that plays differently than the EA game.
    what are the chances we actually get boxscores and scores of all the games played, and an actually league leaders section for this years franchise???
    How long before they actually add this?? we are in 2018 now. lol.
    And the whole simming aspect is garbage. If i want to sim a season, let me sim it. Should be done in 5 minutes tops. I dont want the game stopping my simming for stupid ****.
    Or have an option where we can start the year with fictional made up players with actual different playing abilities.
    CashFlagg
    Has EA said whether the option to play as an expansion team in Franchise mode will remain in NHL 19 or not?

    I imagine the 31st team will be out but I don't see why they would get rid of the 32nd team.
    Splitter77
    what are the chances we actually get boxscores and scores of all the games played, and an actually league leaders section for this years franchise???
    How long before they actually add this?? we are in 2018 now. lol.
    And the whole simming aspect is garbage. If i want to sim a season, let me sim it. Should be done in 5 minutes tops. I dont want the game stopping my simming for stupid ****.
    Or have an option where we can start the year with fictional made up players with actual different playing abilities.

    Since offline gets very little attention I wouldn’t count on it. In season mode my goalie who could be 15-3 with a top GAA and the announcers will comment how bad he’s playing. The commentary doesn’t match or follow along with your season making it just another lazy unfinished aspect of the series
    Splitter77
    Or have an option where we can start the year with fictional made up players with actual different playing abilities.

    YES! I'd love this option. I play OOTP and love fictional leagues.
    NHL 19 Hands-On: NHL May Suddenly be Poised to Become EA's Best Sports Sim
    https://www.usgamer.net/articles/nhl-19-hands-on-review
    A few things from this article..
    NHL 19 finally brings much-needed improvements to the skating via the Real Player Motion or "RPM" tech, making carves and crossovers feel more realistic and responsive. It also includes a physical overhaul that makes players feel bigger and nastier without being cartoony. Players will anticipate and follow through on their hits, giving them a satisfying punch.
    It's already a nice step over last year, which felt dated at times. In NHL 18 players wouldn't so much skate as sort of float across the ice; hits were either too soft or ridiculously hard, and defensive AI was eminently exploitable. NHL has made several improvements to the gameplay over the years, but until now the locomotion has always been fundamentally the same. It's a relief to see some much-needed improvements to the foundational gameplay, and the difference is noticeable when playing.

    Some of the areas the team will be focusing on this year: puck pickups, shooting, passing, one-timers, goalies, offensive and defensive AI, and the Defensive Skill Stick. Hopefully NHL 19 will finally be able to nail puck pickups, which have been a sticking point for the series since forever.
    One thing I wanted to be added was playing in an offline franchise mode with my buddy. We can play 3's offline with an online bud, so why not franchise mode?
    Nice to see earning things for eashl players in offline modes etc. Such a shame they missed the boat on bringing eashl over in 2015. Things went down hill because of that and it keeps getting worse.
    tyler289
    There's a quote in there about putting Wayne on the Minnesota North Stars, which either means the writer has no idea they're the Wild (possible!) or expansion mode is confirmed to return.

    They announced classic teams.
    Also, why are people speculating that expansion mode would be taken out? Did people forget there was a 32nd team expansion in NHL 18?
    MizzouRah
    NHL 19 Hands-On: NHL May Suddenly be Poised to Become EA's Best Sports Sim
    https://www.usgamer.net/articles/nhl-19-hands-on-review
    A few things from this article..

    Why's there never any mention of the god awful stick collision detection being fixed? Sticks through boards, sticks through players, sticks through nets, etc. There have been countless times where I've watched replays of my stick going right through the opposing player's skates and legs and puck and then of course they take a shot and score. Is this how EA works their script into the game, by deciding when your stick is going to make or not make contact with the puck or opposing player's body? How is it I'm able to magically control the puck along the boards even though my stick is through the boards?
    It's one of the worst parts of the game in my opinion but never gets addressed for some reason, and at the moment appears it's going to be the exact same in NHL 19. Sorry EA, but the script is in your game. It's in your stick.
    handheldpictures
    Why's there never any mention of the god awful stick collision detection being fixed? Sticks through boards, sticks through players, sticks through nets, etc. There have been countless times where I've watched replays of my stick going right through the opposing player's skates and legs and puck and then of course they take a shot and score. Is this how EA works their script into the game, by deciding when your stick is going to make or not make contact with the puck or opposing player's body? How is it I'm able to magically control the puck along the boards even though my stick is through the boards?
    It's one of the worst parts of the game in my opinion but never gets addressed for some reason, and at the moment appears it's going to be the exact same in NHL 19. Sorry EA, but the script is in your game. It's in your stick.

    Stick on stick collisions were mentioned in the survey.. so I'm hoping that's addressed along with pucks going through the goalies pads.
    capnlarge
    They announced classic teams.
    Also, why are people speculating that expansion mode would be taken out? Did people forget there was a 32nd team expansion in NHL 18?

    Development teams, especially this one, recently have been cutting modes/features to put more effort into online modes/features. The Show cut season mode, but didn't tell anyone. This team has a real mixed history in terms of sticking with plans/ideas/features, so I'm just hoping they don't surprise us with a "well, we took it out so we could add in more colorful masks in the WORLD OF CHEL."
    Offline players are not factors in decision-making, unfortunately, so I'm just hoping we're not all surprised on release day like The Show fans were.
    capnlarge
    They announced classic teams.
    Also, why are people speculating that expansion mode would be taken out? Did people forget there was a 32nd team expansion in NHL 18?

    They did announce classic teams? Where did you hear that? I know legends are in the game , but I’ve yet to see them annouce classic rosters.If you have any links it would be greatly appreciated.
    tyler289
    Development teams, especially this one, recently have been cutting modes/features to put more effort into online modes/features. The Show cut season mode, but didn't tell anyone. This team has a real mixed history in terms of sticking with plans/ideas/features, so I'm just hoping they don't surprise us with a "well, we took it out so we could add in more colorful masks in the WORLD OF CHEL."
    Offline players are not factors in decision-making, unfortunately, so I'm just hoping we're not all surprised on release day like The Show fans were.

    This is true. You never really know. The thing is though that the franchise mode in MLB the show allows you to control all 30 teams so if you want to you can basically play it like a season mode. It’s even better actually because you can control everything and sim way beyond that if you like. Sort of like the my league mode in NBA2k.
    I actually wish the NHL series would allow us to control all 31/32 teams in franchise mode, but since they don’t it makes season mode all the more important. If EA took season mode out I’d be livid as I usually play a few seasons in season mode yearly. I even found a way import 17 year old rookies into my season modes using custom teams and I have my own draft based off the previous season rankings and everything.
    actionhank
    It's a bummer too. The offline gameplay suffers because so much time is put into refinements that will attract the online crowd. Even player customization shows it. We didn't get better customization until it was created for the online players. Then offline got the ability to add multi-colored visors and create red skate runners with neon green laces and matching stick tape.
    Meanwhile the ability to make a custom player that looks anything remotely like their real life counterpart is still nowhere to be seen as NHL remains one of the few games that still forces you to use pre-created 3D head models in the year 2018. Even if you could make them, you still can't share them with others, so your creations are stuck in your own little world. It wouldn't be so bad if EA had either the inclination or manpower to create better looking rosters (looking at the player models by comparison in The Show is depressing. A guy who's a bench short-stop in baseball gets a more accurate player face than Colton Parayko does as an NHL starting defender...)
    EA's game has always had so much potential, but it's been squandered by EA locking away customization and letting offline play stagnate at the expense of online focused gameplay modes. Things like "Create a Team" are hampered by the fact that you get very little in the way of actual customization (Games like NBA 2K blow it away in terms of what you can do, with the ability to import graphics and designs for use) and even if you do find a suitable team logo and make something...your team name will probably be awful. I wanted to make a team for Milwaukee, and went to create the Milwaukee Fox...buuuuuuuut, something as relatively basic as a Fox wasn't in there. I did have the option to be the "Fear the Beards" or the "Deke and Destroys"...but not Fox.
    It's the little things like that which become incredible frustrating. I don't mind that there's a fun element to the game. I think it's awesome that the NHL series can draw people in. Hell, I was one of those people who got interested in hockey way back with NHL 06, and slowly grew to better understand the game and want a more realistic experience. But I've become the last person the EA team is focused on. Now they pretty much exclusively cater to the audience that wants neon skates and visors, funny gloves and goofy team slogans, instead of aiming for both.

    Very well said:) This is my hope as well. I’d like see NHL try to replicate the customization that NBA2k offers. Heck just allowing us to control all 31 teams in franchise mode would be a step in the right direction. An NHL version of 2k’s My league mode would be a dream come true. Roster sharing is an addition that I would really look forward to.
    I would definitely contribute to the community as I have made a ton of classic and historic rosters for myself on NHL 18. Doing offseason rosters would be no problem for me and I would definitely work on some classic rosters to share with people as well. I’m so desperate for feedback on my rosters that I’ve even offered to send people flash drives with my saved data on it just so I can share them lol.It would be nice If NHL allowed me to be somewhat rewarded for my work.
    Oh no EA..
    Why?
    I must say it was strange to come back from a month away and see this presentation of NHL 19.
    I dont know how to feel.. Laugh or cry.. I.. dont know.
    It's extremely jarring to watch a short feature presentation where their main selling points is NHL 1 on 1's.
    If your main product is professional hockey you should promote this to your fans.
    Not the add on new aternate way you can express your inner kid want to be hockey god.
    Now it feels more like EA NHL wants to find a way to be more like fortnite with hockeysticks.
    Yes the main concept is just blatant theft of the NBA2k Pro-am mode just with a different sport.
    And I am happy that this sort of teases the idea that we might see more Goalie gear (mask creation?)
    I am also glad for new skating and the rumors that they are looking at how to make goalies better (though I think this is just for the AI and not for those of us who like to actually play the Goal-warden)
    This saddens me even more when I hear they are not even touching be a pro.
    And franchise is still just barebones???
    What the h¤#l went wrong?
    Northernwolf
    Oh no EA..
    And I am happy that this sort of teases the idea that we might see more Goalie gear (mask creation?)
    What the h¤#l went wrong?

    I’m not even sure the creation option is in. It sounds more like it’s things you unlock rather than create. It’s my belief and I feel like I’ve alreasy read it somewhere that those things, created or unlocked are not transferable to Franchise, Season mode, or EASHL... Only for the silly 1s, 3s, and the Pro Am. As usual EA releases half finished modes and features
    csamuelsvt
    Something tells me this year, that this could be it for this particular development team. I did notice they have a new creative director I believe next to Rammer running the show.
    They are trying for the second consecutive year to bring in more casual players and people to play online with these gimmick online modes or NHL 3s Arcade stuff that have been done with NHL Hitz and other games in the past.
    I have to give DJNEO props for the second consecutive year once the features were revealed. They are taking this game in the wrong direction if you are a sim player or someone like myself that only plays offline modes.
    I touched NHL 3s I think twice.
    I like the real player motion from the 2 second clip of Crosby that was shown and Patrick Kane...other than that, I mean I can't believe this is it. Seems like Live and NHL series are tied to the hip. No Frostbite, just the real player motion.
    Lets hope there is more, but I think we all know for the most part, this is it. Goalie animations looked exactly the same from the trailer(Yes I know it's a trailer, still tho) and probably still get beat with the same goals over and over...ugh
    I also detest the 'Chel slogan.

    I missed this from the other day. But you bring up really great points.
    I wonder if they're catering to the casuals more because of the way the hardcore fans of the series reacted to NHL 15. To have a game released like that after you said you skipped the launch window of the next gen consoles to come out better for the next year....man.
    I was hoping for a Rostershare feature or at least the ability to control all the franchises to somewhat resemble an NHL season. I did enjoy '18 but it was frustrating not having accurate rosters. I like Legacy but not having realistic conferences without getting rid of a team stinks.
    Obviously, these sim features don't mean much in terms of the bottom line which is why we get more remanufactured gimmicks to hopefully bring in new fans. I will not be shooting a wrister in a trucker hat and parka this year into the frozen tundra.
    MizzouRah
    NHL 19 Hands-On: NHL May Suddenly be Poised to Become EA's Best Sports Sim
    https://www.usgamer.net/articles/nhl-19-hands-on-review

    There is a quote in this article that I found really odd.
    The look is meant to pull in fans who aren't necessarily into the NHL, Ramjasingh says. "There are some players who don't relate to the league, but love hockey."
    Maybe it's just me but is this kinda weird? They are trying to appeal to hockey fans that aren't into the NHL in an NHL game? Also, how big could the market for hockey fans that don't like the NHL be?
    giantsharks
    There is a quote in this article that I found really odd.
    The look is meant to pull in fans who aren't necessarily into the NHL, Ramjasingh says. "There are some players who don't relate to the league, but love hockey."
    Maybe it's just me but is this kinda weird? They are trying to appeal to hockey fans that aren't into the NHL in an NHL game? Also, how big could the market for hockey fans that don't like the NHL be?

    I think EA has been intentionally leaning the game towards the more casual audience for a while now. For better or worse, I imagine it's what they're banking on to keep the money coming in for the franchise.
    While offline gamers pay a flat ~$60 once, the online crowd stands to make them more money from card pack purchases and the online advertising.
    I wouldn't be too surprised to find out that the greater powers at EA have been guiding the development team in that direction for a while now in an effort to keep the title profitable.
    I think it also harkens back to when hockey games were at their most popular. Hockey games were great when they weren't authentic, but faster and more violent. While microtansactions are nice, I don't think it is the sole reason for a move to casual gameplay. I thin it also helps market the NHL.

    I mean, everybody raved when EA added NHL 94 controls to the game.
    I think they are just hitting there max as too what they can do to make the game realistic, without sacrificing fun. In fact, I think they had gone a little too far, which is why the new modes are coming.
    NHL fans cannot support an NHL video game on their own, because the fan base is too small. ESPN doesn't refuse to air hockey games because they hate hockey, it's because no one watches the games when they air them.
    Video game hockey grained in popularity when non-NHL fans began to enjoy the gameplay of the early games. NHL fans accepted in early on because games were more rudimentary, and it seemed to be the best we could expect.
    Over the last decade, EA has taken over video game hockey with added realism and deeper strategic options. I was 100% a non-NHL fan when I began play 2K's hockey games. I transitioned over to EA when shift in quality happened, and I actually learned a lot about hockey and began following it more.
    But as the series has gone on, I've gotten more bored with it. Not because of a lack of authenticity, but because it stopped being a visceral experience. A couple of years ago I deci8ded to try out playing on arcade, with hits and speed cranked up. It wasn't real, but it was real fun.
    Threes was a perfect addition, even if I think they didn't nail the execution completely. I loved the addition of 3v3 OT in the NHL. The moment I saw it, I knew it had to be the format for the ASG, but I was still shocked to see that they did, in fact do that. While I don't thin the NHL should go to 3v3, for obvious reasons, I love it in a video game.
    The real challenge is in getting the casual hockey fan of the 90's and 00's back to the game. That is where EA sees a profitable road forward, and it was a million times better at marketing the NHL than the more realistic gameplay. A game really does not have to be sim in order to be aq vehicle to draw more fans to a sport.
    giantsharks
    There is a quote in this article that I found really odd.
    The look is meant to pull in fans who aren't necessarily into the NHL, Ramjasingh says. "There are some players who don't relate to the league, but love hockey."
    Maybe it's just me but is this kinda weird? They are trying to appeal to hockey fans that aren't into the NHL in an NHL game? Also, how big could the market for hockey fans that don't like the NHL be?

    Rammer is fraud that’s a ridiculous comment. While there me be fans of other leagues rather than the NHL I can’t imagine there are people interested in te sport but not interested in following it at a league level....absurd. That’s Ranmer spinning it to sound good. What he’s really saying is they can’t create a good hockey game so we’re going to fill it full of gimmicks. I believe Ramner detests is true hockey sin guys
    giantsharks
    There is a quote in this article that I found really odd.
    The look is meant to pull in fans who aren't necessarily into the NHL, Ramjasingh says. "There are some players who don't relate to the league, but love hockey."
    Maybe it's just me but is this kinda weird? They are trying to appeal to hockey fans that aren't into the NHL in an NHL game? Also, how big could the market for hockey fans that don't like the NHL be?

    It's like saying, "there are people who don't understand or relate to football. so we're gonna add a 3 on 3 arcade mode where you get a qb (he's the guy who passes the ball), a rb (the guy who takes handoffs or occasionally catches a pass), and a wr (the guy out wide who you can throw to) and when they make plays you'll see balls of fire, explosions, and the ability run over guys with the press of a button! NFL THREES is the new wave of EA Sports!!!!!!!!!"
    Yeah...
    JayhawkerStL
    The real challenge is in getting the casual hockey fan of the 90's and 00's back to the game. That is where EA sees a profitable road forward, and it was a million times better at marketing the NHL than the more realistic gameplay. A game really does not have to be sim in order to be aq vehicle to draw more fans to a sport.

    You bring up some good points. My issue is this - it doesn't have to be an either/or type thing. The things this community has done in the past when given simple tools (roster share, custom music) to do them are nothing short of astounding. Give us roster share and custom music, and all of the sudden I gain a ton of suspension of disbelief. Even my 9-year-old notices a difference when I break out 15 on PS3 and the Wings skate out to KISS, as opposed to genericNBCsportsNetpresentation. It feels real. I want to feel like I'm in the building, not watching at home. I get to do that every damn night.
    EA can bring in 3v3 and 1v1v1 to spice things up and these would have been, in my college days, eaten up as awesome alternatives to play with roommates to decide who gets stuck doing dishes. But when it's the only thing added, and sold as the main selling point, it goes from a really cool additional mode to "this is all we get this year? Really?"
    ChubbyD
    You bring up some good points. My issue is this - it doesn't have to be an either/or type thing. The things this community has done in the past when given simple tools (roster share, custom music) to do them are nothing short of astounding. Give us roster share and custom music, and all of the sudden I gain a ton of suspension of disbelief. Even my 9-year-old notices a difference when I break out 15 on PS3 and the Wings skate out to KISS, as opposed to genericNBCsportsNetpresentation. It feels real. I want to feel like I'm in the building, not watching at home. I get to do that every damn night.
    EA can bring in 3v3 and 1v1v1 to spice things up and these would have been, in my college days, eaten up as awesome alternatives to play with roommates to decide who gets stuck doing dishes. But when it's the only thing added, and sold as the main selling point, it goes from a really cool additional mode to "this is all we get this year? Really?"

    You are severely misinformed if you believe this is the "only thing added".
    And it's not the "main selling point" either. It's only ONE part of the overall World of Chel, meant to attract and funnel new people into the EASHL eventually. RPM tech, a complete scouting system overhaul, collision physics improvements, over 200 Legends available in ALL modes, etc. are the main selling points.
    Noisy negativism such as this needs to be pointed out and corrected.
    LaurenCarter
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    Zeta Reticulan1
    You are severely misinformed if you believe this is the "only thing added".
    And it's not the "main selling point" either. It's only ONE part of the overall World of Chel, meant to attract and funnel new people into the EASHL eventually. RPM tech, a complete scouting system overhaul, collision physics improvements, over 200 Legends available in ALL modes, etc. are the main selling points.
    Noisy negativism such as this needs to be pointed out and corrected.

    You're 100% right
    Semi-long term lurker here, only made an account to talk with the devs on the UFC forums so that's why it's so new but I really hate how people are bashing the game blindly before we have even seen any of the new gameplay.
    I understand having doubts about the game and you're perfectly in your rights to believe this years game won't be any better then the last but you guys really need to stop lying about features just because you want the game to look worse then it is.
    I'm personally hyped to see what this new RPM system is like and how it fixes the very unreliable puck pickups and sloppy movement, I'm also hyped to see the new collision physics and how it changes up the game and hopefully makes the hits look more realistic instead of the body-check "shunt" that's normally the default way to hit someone which in my opinion looks dreadful.
    Not to mention I'm glad they seem to be directing players more towards the EASHL, the game mode has loads of potential and in my opinion is one of the best online features of the game, improvements and even more players to play with has me excited too.
    Hopefully we get some sort of beta soon so we can try it and decide for ourselves though and see if it's worth the money based off the small tease we get.
    In regards to the addition of 'gimmick' modes... there is a way to do it well, but EA isn't even remotely close to doing that with this franchise. Remember mascot mode in NCAA Football? That was a great mode to goof off in. The main game was already solid, and they didn't push the feature as one of the main modes every year, it was just something thrown in for fun. NHL 3's, however, was pushed HARD as the main selling point last year. It's obvious they know they are losing actual hockey fans, and instead of at least trying to please them they are attempting to bring in people who have no interest in hockey.
    And telling people they shouldn't be making assumptions yet is ridiculous. EA decided to show quite a bit of pond hockey in their first trailer, so it's obvious that they see this as one of their big additions to the game. Not saying you should immediately be outraged, but those of us who have been playing this series for a while know the drill. They will do a minimal amount of work on the AI and other gameplay problems people have been complaining about for nearly a decade. Online modes seem promising if you're into that, but solo players have been completely left in the dust for a long time now. I wish I was wrong but as someone who has been playing this series for years, I know I'm not. Most likely gonna borrow this one from a friend and play it for a week as I have the past few years now.
    Also, a small but annoying thing... "World of Chel"... I know that the Chel is slang for the NHL but NOBODY calls it that... This is just Ramjagsingh and the suits trying to sound hip and, as some others have already said, it is really cringey.
    Chiefaho: You nailed it.
    Aside from better skating this year, there is not a lot at the moment that makes me want to buy this game. It might be the best game in this console generation, but at the moment I have an impression of this being fronted for a very specific crowd. And Im not part of that crowd. Maybe that changes down the line when we know more. First impressions: Not so good.
    Jayhawker has some very good points. They have to bring in more $. And I think there are valid reasons for why they are pushing this one-on-one Pro Am with some fancy Canadian rocky mountains: They really want to expand their base of players.
    I think it is a little desperate, but it could work trying to show something else than pro-hockey for the regular gamers.
    Behind all this world of "chel" (I really feel sick saying that) there might be a fantastic Franchise mode. There might be tons of creative stuff, but there might be nothing there at all.
    I want to see something that is real gameplay, that focus on real in-game Pro Hockey that is improving the game not just copy/pasting the recipe for the last 2-3 years.
    As others have said: It is more than doable to push new modes, weird things and also show off the real meat and potatoes of the game so to speak.
    Madden, MLB and other sports games seem to put more time into showing off what has changed in their game. NHL should try to do more of that.
    And as for the Chel thing: I am obviously not hip anymore, as I had no idea what this meant before reading up on urban dictionary! X-D
    Seriously EA: Please. Stop. Trying. So. Hard.
    Lazy10
    Haven't bought NHL since NHL 11 and haven't regretted it ever since. What a horrendous series this has become

    13 & 14 were pretty solid, which to me is why I feel their XB1/PS4 installments have been so disappointing. Especially given the load of crap NHL 15 was AFTER they didn't release NHL 14 on XB1/PS4 as they claimed they wanted to get an extra year of development on the new consoles.
    JayhawkerStL
    I do wish they would let us add music, though. It's asinine that consoles have clamped down so much on adding our own music to games.

    As petty as this sounds, the inclusion/exclusion of this will be my final decision on if I buy 19 or not. I'm not expecting it to be in.
    PhillyGuy11826
    13 & 14 were pretty solid, which to me is why I feel their XB1/PS4 installments have been so disappointing. Especially given the load of crap NHL 15 was AFTER they didn't release NHL 14 on XB1/PS4 as they claimed they wanted to get an extra year of development on the new consoles.

    NHL 14 was decent but overall series has gone to garbage. Especially on this generation. It's obvious EA doesn't care about hockey when it can't even showcase its game on E3, lmao how pathetic
    I booted up the old 360 and NHL11 today out of hockey desperation and whoa that plays well! I had my sliders done of course but so did the newer ones.
    Its all there, penalties, 5 man celebrations, team mates occasionally help and dont get stuck that much trying to find the puck, I played it straight after 17 which imo wasnt the worst and still had much more fun in 11. Even little things like pickup up good replay moments and cuts. And the graphics actually aged quite well.
    Will be interesting to try a beta if they have one. The Real Player Motion may be a really nice thing for the franchise. I can't say a lot about the Madden beta due to the NDA, but it has RPM in it and I am sold on buying Madden this year after playing the beta. If NHL can be impacted by RPM in the same manner I think some here will be in for a surprise.
    EA can call it whatever they want, but the way I see it, RPM is nothing more than what they already had in NHL 10, now with enhanced graphics and a few more frames of player animation. They're simply going back to what they had 10 years ago, when players were much more responsive to your controller input. Just watch the way the players skate and respond in NHL 10. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBvwv_wdP4k
    If NHL 19 is somewhat similar, then it might just turn out to be the best game we've had to play since 10.
    First time in franchise history? That’s a lie. Maybe for PS3/ Ps4 or Xbox but does anyone remember NHL Slapshot for Wii? That had pond hockey, and it wouldn’t surprise me if EA used the same setting as for that game. That game still rings memories, because despite being not a full sim it was fun to pick up time and time again. That’s something we Just don’t feel like anymore. Popping in NHL seems like more of a chore sometimes than any fun.
    Blues acquire O'Reilly from Sabres
    Sabres get Berglund, Sobotka, Thompson and two draft choices

    Just got this breaking news on my phone.. I might have to preorder NHL 19 now.. LOL!!!
    Heck of a trade for my Blues!
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