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NHL 20 Patch 1.30 Has Arrived, Adds HUT Rivals, Gameplay Fixes & More - Patch Notes Here

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NHL 20 Patch 1.30 Has Arrived, Adds HUT Rivals, Gameplay Fixes & More - Patch Notes Here

NHL 20 game update 1.30 is scheduled to arrive tomorrow, featuring a new mode for Hockey Ultimate Team, called HUT Rivals. The patch will include some fixes for gameplay, presentation, franchise mode and World of CHEL.

UPDATE: (10-25) The patch is available now.

Check out the patch notes below.

Gameplay

General

  • ECHL Regular season overtime rules increases to 7 minutes instead of 5 minutes
  • Fixed a case where the penalized team was being allowed to possess the puck when an injury occurs

AI

  • Fixed a case where AI would over pursue loose pucks on rush chances against

Goalies

  • Various animation improvements
  • Improvements to covers for pucks underneath the goaltender
  • Further improvements to goalie tracking when the puck is behind the net

Physics

  • Fixed a case where the goalie could skate through the net

Shooting

  • Fixed some cases where players would take a path that would put them offside when trying to one-time the puck
  • Improved selection for on knee one timers
  • Further shot angle improvements for accurate release trajectories

Presentation

  • Added Penalty Box and bench camera options for Be a Pro and EASHL modes
  • Added new player intro animations
  • Added more variation in cameras during stoppages of play in outdoor environments
  • Various environment camera clipping fixes
  • Player lineup animation and camera improvements

Franchise Mode

  • Tuned the frequency a coach will decline a contract offer due to market size and team status.
  • Added the ability for RFA’s to not receive a contract at the start of new Franchise mode. These players will remain RFA until signed in the mode by either a CPU or User team.
  • Misc stability improvements.

HUT

HUT Rivals

  • HUT Rivals is a new HUT Online game mode which allows you to compete against other HUT players, earn rewards, and qualify for HUT Champions
  • Start out by playing 5 placement games to determine your starting Skill Rating and Division
  • Play games in your Division’s Weekly Competition to earn Rivals Points, rank up, and earn better weekly rewards
  • Earn HUT Champions Points as you play Rivals games to progress towards earning an entry to HUT Champions
  • Every week a new Rivals Season begins. Rivals Points are reset to 0 when a new season begins.
  • You’ll also earn Rivals Points while playing HUT Champions games to help rank up and earn Rivals rewards
  • The following changes have been made within HUT to accommodate the addition of HUT Rivals:
    • The ‘Online’ tab in the HUT Hub has been re-organized
    • HUT Champions qualification now takes place by earning enough HUT Champions points by playing Rivals games
      • There will no longer be HUT Champions Qualifiers through Competitive Seasons each week.
      • Winning Div 1 in Online Seasons will no longer grant HUT Champions access.

General

  • Fixed an issue where the player bio sometimes showed incorrect Win/Loss stats for Goalies

Squad Battles

  • Added a warning popup when attempting to play a game with less than 30 minutes remaining in the Season.
  • Fixed an issue where the ‘Unranked’ rank sometimes displayed as ‘Rank 1’ on the My Rank tab.

World of CHEL

Improvements

  • Added the ability to now change the Chel Challenges card to require a specific number of challenges to be completed out of the 15 to earn the Special Reward

Content

  • New content added to World of CHEL which is to be revealed through the Chel Challenge card. Tune in regularly to see what exciting new stuff you can earn

Fixes

  • Fixed a hang in Ones and Threes Eliminator that can occur during match rollover
  • Fixed the Ones Eliminator scoreboard not appearing if an opponent dropped out while loading into a match
  • Fixed Club Captaincy not appearing for the Home team
  • Fixed Full Reward not greying out after it is redeemed in Chel Challenges
  • Fixed an issue where the second wireless controller lost the ability to join a match if the first controller became disconnected.

Art – Equipment

Gloves

  • Sher-Wood M90 Rekker Pro

Art – Jerseys

NHL

  • Los Angeles Kings Retro Alternate
  • St. Louis Blues Retro Alternate
  • Calgary Flames Heritage
  • Winnipeg Jets Heritage

AHL

  • Colorado Eagles Alternate

OHL

  • Barrie Colts Home and Away
  • Flint Firebirds Home and Away
  • Guelph Storm Home and Away
  • Hamilton Bulldogs Home and Away
  • Kingston Frontenacs Home and Away
  • Kitchener Rangers Home and Away
  • Mississauga Steelheads Home and Away
  • Niagara IceDogs Home and Away
  • North Bat Battalion Home and Away
  • Oshawa Generals Home and Away
  • Ottawa 67’s Home and Away
  • Saginaw Spirit Home and Away
  • Sarnia Sting Home and Away
  • Sault Ste-Marie Greyhounds Home and Away
  • Sudbury Wolves Home and Away
  • Windsor Spitfires Home and Away

QMJHL

  • Acadie-Bathurst Titan Home and Away
  • Baie-Comeau Drakkar Home and Away
  • Blainville-Boisbriand Armada Home and Away
  • Chicoutimi Sagueneens Home and Away
  • Drummondville Voltigeurs Home and Away
  • Gatineau Olympiques Home and Away
  • Halifax Mooseheads Home and Away
  • Moncton Wildcats Home and Away
  • Owen Sound Attack Home and Away
  • Quebec Remparts Home and Away
  • Rimouski Oceanic Home and Away
  • Rouyn Noranda Huskies Home and Away
  • Saint John Sea Dogs Home and Away
  • Shawinigan Cataractes Home and Away
  • Sherbrooke Phoenix Home and Away
  • Val D’Or Foreurs Home and Away
  • Victoriaville Tigres Home and Away

WHL

  • Brandon Wheat Kings Home and Away
  • Calgary Hitmen Home and Away
  • Edmonton OIl Kings Home and Away
  • Everett Silvertips Home and Away
  • Kamloops Blazers Home and Away
  • Kelowna Rockets Home and Away
  • Lethbridge Hurricanes Home and Away
  • Medicine Hat Tigers Home and Away
  • Moose Jaw Warriors Home and Away
  • Portland Winterhawks Home and Away
  • Prince Albert Raiders Home and Away
  • Prince George Cougars Home and Away
  • Red Deer Rebels Home and Away
  • Regina Pats Home and Away
  • Sarnia Sting Home and Away
  • Saskatoon Blades Home and Away
  • Seattle Thunderbirds Home and Away
  • Spokane Chiefs Home and Away
  • Swift Current Broncos Home and Away
  • Vancouver Giants Home and Away
  • Victoria Royals Home and Away

DEL

  • Adler Mannheim Home, Away and Alternate
  • Augsburger Panther Home, Away and Alternate
  • Dusseldorfer EG Home, Away and Alternate
  • Eisbaren Berlin Home, Away and Alternate
  • EHC Red Bull Munchen Home and Away
  • ERC Ingolstadt Home, Away and Alternate
  • Fischtown Pinguins Home, Away and Alternate
  • Grizzlys Wolfsburg Home, Away and Alternate
  • Iserlohn Roosters Home, Away and Alternate
  • Kolner Haie Home, Away and Alternate
  • Krefeld Pinguine Home, Away and Alternate
  • Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers Home and Away
  • Straubing Tigers Home, Away and Alternate
  • Schenninger Wild Wings Home, Away and Alternate

Nationalliga (Switzerland)

  • EHC Biel Home and Away
  • EV Zug Home and Away
  • HC Ambri-Piotta Home and Away
  • HC Davos Home and Away
  • HC Fribourg-Gotteron Home and Away
  • HC Lugano Home and Away
  • Geneve-Servette HC Home and Away
  • Lausanne HC Home and Away
  • SC Bern Home and Away
  • SCL Tigers Home and Away
  • Rapperswil-Jona Lakers Home and Away
  • ZSC Lions Home and Away
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  1. Very little of interest here for me, I just hope the gameplay fixes don't completely change the game as I have got it in a really good place currently..:58:
    PhlliesPhan6
    Any word on the next Roster Update?

    Last year's one dropped 23rd November so prob around a similar timeframe this year.
    PhlliesPhan6
    Any word on the next Roster Update?

    I would expect one tomorrow with the patch. That's typically how they get the new uniforms into the game.
    I'm guessing the new presentation for lineups will show actual starting lineups during games?
    Goalie improvements are always welcome.
    MizzouRah
    I would expect one tomorrow with the patch. That's typically how they get the new uniforms into the game.
    I'm guessing the new presentation for lineups will show actual starting lineups during games?
    Goalie improvements are always welcome.

    Naw, all this stuff is for the online EASHL crap.
    Few AI fixes, but no real game play fixes like everyone has been discussing for weeks. Look at the patch notes for FIFA....shows where EA's focus is at.
    No jerseys were included for the NHL teams as stated. There is also no new Roster Update that normally contains the new jerseys.
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    Yeah this doesn't seem to be addressing the issue I'm having. I start a season and it freezes every time and I can't move forward. It seems to be after I make any sort of trade. I even made sure all the NHL and AHL rosters were at 23 before starting the season and still, crashes.... :-(. Bums me out as this is really the only game I play and I've been buying it from day one...Please fix it EA!
    D
    Yeah this doesn't seem to be addressing the issue I'm having. I start a season and it freezes every time and I can't move forward. It seems to be after I make any sort of trade. I even made sure all the NHL and AHL rosters were at 23 before starting the season and still, crashes.... :-(. Bums me out as this is really the only game I play and I've been buying it from day one...Please fix it EA!
    MizzouRah
    I would expect one tomorrow with the patch. That's typically how they get the new uniforms into the game.
    I'm guessing the new presentation for lineups will show actual starting lineups during games?
    Goalie improvements are always welcome.

    SPOILER ALERT: Aside from the fix to the puck cover glitch, there weren't any improvements to goalies in this patch. Not ones that matter, IMO.
    EA needs to scrap the goalie engine completely and re-write it from the ground up. You can't keep copy pasting the same thing every year since NHL 07, while updating the rest of the game (especially the offense) and expect the goalies will just keep up by magic.
    nellbagom
    Yeah this doesn't seem to be addressing the issue I'm having. I start a season and it freezes every time and I can't move forward. It seems to be after I make any sort of trade. I even made sure all the NHL and AHL rosters were at 23 before starting the season and still, crashes.... :-(. Bums me out as this is really the only game I play and I've been buying it from day one...Please fix it EA!

    This happened to me either last year or the year before. I think it has something to do with injured CPU goalies.
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    Thanks,
    Do you have any ideas as to how I can fix it? It's really frustrating as I just like to play a game or two per day in my seasons and now I can't even do that....
    Ugh
    VeNOM3099
    SPOILER ALERT: Aside from the fix to the puck cover glitch, there weren't any improvements to goalies in this patch. Not ones that matter, IMO.
    EA needs to scrap the goalie engine completely and re-write it from the ground up. You can't keep copy pasting the same thing every year since NHL 07, while updating the rest of the game (especially the offense) and expect the goalies will just keep up by magic.

    The goalie cover fix is pretty big for me. I got sick of that problem. Agree with everything else you said.
    Awesome ! Mostly online stuff, and none of the offline issues that needed to be fixed in my opinion.
    Seriously, this is depressing.
    And you mean to tell me that you can manage adding an entire new mode, after launch...yet can't find a way to give us roster sharing after all these years ? This better come with an ACCURATE roster update (update that we would've had already if roster sharing was an option) so that I can finally start my franchise. Because in the state that this game is...there's just no-way I'm playing online this year.
    Just played a be a pro game and goalie cover issue is NOT fixed. On top of that pregame goalie win/loss and save % now shows the AI stats NOT mine.
    Way to go EA screwing up as always.
    stooge 1010
    The roster update is live
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    Joel Farabee and Chris Stewart on the Flyers. Morgan Frost back on Lehigh Valley. Nice!
    stooge 1010
    The roster update is live
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    ...and yet, still no no Josh Brooks or Cayden Primeau in Laval. I would create the myself, but at this point, I have no idea who else is missing, and I'm not doing all that work until we have a roster sharing. Then, I'll gladly pitch in with the community.
    I guess I'll have to wait another month to play this game.
    One thing's for sure, I'm never paying full price for a game of that series ever again.
    There probably be another update in 2 weeks. I was waiting to see if krys was gonna be on Rockford, and boqvist. Neither are
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    KomicJ
    ...and yet, still no no Josh Brooks or Cayden Primeau in Laval. I would create the myself, but at this point, I have no idea who else is missing, and I'm not doing all that work until we have a roster sharing. Then, I'll gladly pitch in with the community.
    I guess I'll have to wait another month to play this game.
    One thing's for sure, I'm never paying full price for a game of that series ever again.

    It’s easy to create them in my appearance Thread. Maybe I should do, cause my Player appearances all looking better and it seems we can not await this year that they add photos to the new Player. Photos should be basic work and much more likenesses should be in too. All new EA like Wahlstrom, Fox, Farabee have no pic and so Primeau will not have too.
    We go through this roster update thing EVERY YEAR, guys... To expect otherwise is the definition of insanity. They'll eventually get what we want, but it takes awhile. It sucks, yeah...
    But when I lived in Florida for years, we had a rule of thumb: nobody complains about the heat. It's a part of life for all of us who choose this place...
    Exactly. That's how I feel every year when I read the same people complaining about the same game from the same developer and expecting a different result. That's called insanity. Stop giving them your money.
    sweetjones
    Exactly. That's how I feel every year when I read the same people complaining about the same game from the same developer and expecting a different result. That's called insanity. Stop giving them your money.

    But, but, how will gamers ever be able to take credit for “fixing” the game if they don’t complain enough!
    Sometimes I doubt your commitment to Sparkle Motion.
    PhlliesPhan6
    What's with the goalie stat overlay before the game? It's just showing the home goalie stats for both players.

    In be a pro as goalie it shows ai stats for both, I never get to see my stats. Pretty sad and shows a lack of attention to detail.
    Online goalies are absolute trash. They can't save anything and it makes playing online terrible because the same exact goals are scored over and over again. I don't care if I lose, but I'd rather not concede the exact same 2 goals all the time. Goalies need to be changed for online because its not fun
    Simaofan-20
    Online goalies are absolute trash. They can't save anything and it makes playing online terrible because the same exact goals are scored over and over again. I don't care if I lose, but I'd rather not concede the exact same 2 goals all the time. Goalies need to be changed for online because its not fun

    Offline sucks now too. I can't play goalie at all since this patch. After a shot occurs I'm frequently being pushed out of the crease, a foot or two, by some unknown force, often resulting in easy goals. It's a disaster.
    sweetjones
    Exactly. That's how I feel every year when I read the same people complaining about the same game from the same developer and expecting a different result. That's called insanity. Stop giving them your money.

    Or wait until Black Friday sales start and score it for cheaper if you're still interested. Added benefits of seeing how the game is shaping up, and a more complete roster update should be out by late November. I'm on the fence, but have $10 in Best Buy rewards, so if it's on sale for $30 as usual I might do it for $20 out of pocket.
    Qb
    Or wait until Black Friday sales start and score it for cheaper if you're still interested. Added benefits of seeing how the game is shaping up, and a more complete roster update should be out by late November. I'm on the fence, but have $10 in Best Buy rewards, so if it's on sale for $30 as usual I might do it for $20 out of pocket.

    Oooor... Wait until Feb of next year and get if for FREE in the EA Access Vault.
    Qb
    Or wait until Black Friday sales start and score it for cheaper if you're still interested. Added benefits of seeing how the game is shaping up, and a more complete roster update should be out by late November. I'm on the fence, but have $10 in Best Buy rewards, so if it's on sale for $30 as usual I might do it for $20 out of pocket.

    VeNOM3099
    Oooor... Wait until Feb of next year and get if for FREE in the EA Access Vault.

    Or just have the attitude 'its a videogame' and get on with it.
    I'm 70 games into my season and with exhibition games played while setting up sliders I must have played close to 100 games at this stage, I'd say I've covered the outlay already if I never play another game.
    I've not had this much fun with a NHL game in years.
    Different strokes for different folks...:popcorn:
    VeNOM3099
    Oooor... Wait until Feb of next year and get if for FREE in the EA Access Vault.

    Yes, another option for EA Access subscribers.
    jr86
    Or just have the attitude 'its a videogame' and get on with it.
    I'm 70 games into my season and with exhibition games played while setting up sliders I must have played close to 100 games at this stage, I'd say I've covered the outlay already if I never play another game.
    I've not had this much fun with a NHL game in years.
    Different strokes for different folks...:popcorn:

    Glad to hear you're enjoying it. I had some fun with 19 once I found some decent sliders. I was disappointed to get locked out of the Access trial before I could tinker with 20.
    jr86
    Or just have the attitude 'its a videogame' and get on with it.
    I'm 70 games into my season and with exhibition games played while setting up sliders I must have played close to 100 games at this stage, I'd say I've covered the outlay already if I never play another game.
    I've not had this much fun with a NHL game in years.
    Different strokes for different folks...:popcorn:

    I already play "videogames". Street Fighter, Gears of War, Forza Horizon, Castlevania, Megaman, Pac-Man, Streets of Rage, Sonic The Hedgehog, Grandia II, Doom, Halo... I have over 270 games on my Xbox One X (160 of them installed).
    I play those games and enjoy them (with varying degrees) because they are made up worlds, with made up rules and made up characters. They exist within their own universe.
    However, there are a few games I play because I expect to be immersed in realism; NBA 2K, Formula One and (one would've hoped) NHL. Two of those (NBA 2K20 and Formula One 2018) I can safely say meet those expectations.
    I'll let you guess which one doesn't even come close.
    I enjoy a good arcade sports game, don't get me wrong. When I was a kid I played the heck out of games like RBI Baseball or NBA JAM or Blades of Steel. But when I'm playing NBA 2K20, I don't expect it to be like NBA JAM and it isn't. So why would I expect NHL 20 to be like Blades of Steel? That doesn't seem enjoyable to me.
    But as you said... Different strokes and all dat jazz. :p
    BleacherCreature
    But at the end of the day, they’re all still video games.
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    And I suppose The Lord of the Rings and The Amazing Spider-Man are just all "books"...
    People on my friends list keep asking me why am I still playing NHL 19. Well, because I refuse to play full price for 20. Drop it 9.99 and I might consider getting it.
    PhillsPhan26
    People on my friends list keep asking me why am I still playing NHL 19. Well, because I refuse to play full price for 20. Drop it 9.99 and I might consider getting it.

    This is exactly how i feel about EA sports NHL
    VeNOM3099
    And I suppose The Lord of the Rings and The Amazing Spider-Man are just all "books"...

    You mean two IPs that were drastically changed when represented on different media in order to be better received by the consumer?
    The problem facing large publishers is that what the entire market of gamers that need am accurate representation of the sports they watch in video game form is too small to cater too, but too large to ignore. Cater too much, and it costs them sales because their actual market doesn't want that level of realism. That leaves publishers in the position of dropping sports, as we've seen the sports genre reduced to one licensed game per sport, and then trying to manage the guys the that demand to be catered to.
    Sports games on the consoles were more fun before sim gamers invaded the space (including me) and demanded the games reflect their needs. What some here see as the glory days of sports gaming was the beginning of the end. So now we have fewer games, fewer gamers, and no one is happy.
    I look forward to someone rebooting the action sim sports genre on PC so that console sports games can get back to being unapologetically fun, even if that means scrapping levels of realism from the games. Consoles have always been a poor tool for sim sports, as sifting through pages and pages of stats, reports and such is better on a PC. And with things like Sierra Sports, there was an entire cottage industry of developers making apps that added features to their games in ways that doesn't work on consoles.
    Hockey in an interesting example. While there has never been a real good hockey action sim, what drove the popularity of hockey games on the consoles was the speed and violence of the sport, which translated perfectly to consoles. Emphasizing those aspects made the games more fun than watching hockey. There are a crapload of hockey fans that got that way because they turned on by those games.
    But now they return and demand that those games be more real, slower and more complicated. that has killed off a chunk of the people playing them, which kills off a chunk of future hockey fans.
    Licensed sports video games are a great way to bring in new fans, but sim sports gamers have taken on the role of gatekeepers when it comes to sports games, and it has hurt the game sales. They don't buy nearly enough games to make up for the folks they run off. Then they do nothing but spend every season highlighting what they don't like about the games, further driving sales lower.
    These are just video games. They don't need to be ultra realistic and, in fact, sell better when they aren't. And those less realistic games helped create more sports fans than the sim gamers ever could. There is no "right way" to be a sports fan.
    NHL Hitz-Pro is the perfect response to the above post. That game allowed you to play the arcade style if you wanted to, but it's sim was also really good. I don't know why there isn't room for both with sliders. Asking the defense AI to be smart isn't asking for the moon.
    SocialAssassin
    NHL Hitz-Pro is the perfect response to the above post. That game allowed you to play the arcade style if you wanted to, but it's sim was also really good. I don't know why there isn't room for both with sliders. Asking the defense AI to be smart isn't asking for the moon.

    And yet NHL Hitz went the way of the Dodo because as much "fun" as it was (and arguably still can be), it was a rather shallow game.
    That's the thing about "arcade" games; they're fun for a short while but they offer little in replay value once you find and exhaust everything it has to offer. It just becomes repetitive and boring.
    I disagree that "simulation" type sports games are not in demand. In fact, if you look at the most highly regarded sports games, like NBA 2K, MLB the Show or something like Formula One, why are they so revered? Is it because they're simple and mindless good fun? Or is it because they are some of the most realistic to their sports a video game has to offer? I'd say it's the latter.
    Also, back in the day people's expectation of what a sim could be, especially on consoles, was kinda low. There's just so much "immersion" someone can have with 2D sprites and 8-bit sound. As systems got more powerful and games got more and more space to be written on, people's expectations also grew. No longer were people just merely content to have a simple facsimile of their preferred sport when they could have something that was closer to what they saw on TV or played outdoors in real life.
    Personally, I'd want something that can be played any way I want; arcade for some modes (like ONES or HUT) and simulation for other modes like EASHL or Franchise/Season/BAP. Problem is EA tends to pigeonhole users into one direction with its "sim-cade" approach to the sport and it just doesn't work.
    NBA 2K (although very much flawed) does it right: build the game from the ground up with as much realism as possible, then tweak the settings to allow different types of gamers to enjoy different game types. Again, NBA 2K may not be the perfect sport game, but you can't argue with almost 10 million games sold annually. NHL games used to reach well over 2 million sales between both EA and 2K. Now EA can barely get to 1 million by itself and it's not just because 2K doesn't make an NHL game anymore as most of us who used to play NHL 2K had no choice but to jump ship when 2K sports dropped the franchise.
    It's not that NHL isn't realistic enough either... It's that it's been over 10 years now, and EA's NHL is still plagued with the same exact issues and lack of depth it had back then.
    That's unacceptable.
    VeNOM3099

    It's not that NHL isn't realistic enough either... It's that it's been over 10 years now, and EA's NHL is still plagued with the same exact issues and lack of depth it had back then.
    That's unacceptable.

    This.
    I hadn't played Madden in over 10 years even though I would "try" to like it. Something happened with M19 and I was engrossed into the game again. M20 is even better and I play it much more than I do NHL 20 because NHL 20 has become super stale as far as the actual game play.
    It doesn't grab me anymore like it did a few years ago. Having said that, I am playing NHL 20 here and there, I just have to accept the fact it's an arcade game, unlike Madden which has actually improved quite a bit on the sim (franchise) side.

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