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NHL 21 Be A Pro Trailer, Screenshots and Details

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NHL 21 Be A Pro Trailer, Screenshots and Details

In NHL 21, players will experience a fully revamped Be A Pro mode featuring a race for the Calder Cup, an updated progression system and vast salary perks. Players can choose from 15 different player archetypes – forward, defenseman or goalie – to carve out their unique look, skating style, play style and more.

Players can start their careers prior to the NHL Draft in either the CHL, Memorial Cup or Europe, as they pry their way up draft boards and aim to become one of the most sought-after players in the world. Draft position and draft status will have a direct impact on rookie year expectations, so be prepared to live up to the hype.

New to Be A Pro, key moments will result in impactful conversations with media, teammates, coaches, general managers and more. Based on a player’s responses, their personality will start to grow, whether they want to trend towards a confident superstar or a quiet team player. Brand, management and likeability will all be affected based on conversations.

Real Time Expectations – Just like in the real NHL, your Pro will have to react and rise to the occasion in response to in-game events. The coach will tap your shoulder on the bench giving you contextual goals to accomplish in that game. He might challenge you to bury one with the man advantage. Or, maybe he’ll want you to set the tone early with pucks on net and a few big hits. Whatever the coach asks of you, if you manage to pull it off, your star will rise.

Talk The Talk – Your performance on the ice is one thing, but in the new Be A Pro, you’ll have to navigate your off-ice activity just as strategically. You’ll have hundreds of conversations throughout your Be A Pro career, leading to thousands of different options, outcomes, and legacies for your Pro. Upset the coach? Say goodbye to your ice time. Cross a GM? You might just find yourself on the trading block. Go out on the town with your teammates and start to gel with the dressing room. You’ll even be able to use your wit and charm to talk your way into endorsements and salary perks like new cars, homes, personal gyms, and other luxury items.

Season Stories – Just like any other superstar, your Pro’s season will be defined by what’s expected of them. Each new season, a narrative will emerge for your Pro to follow — or to rewrite. Whether it’s your Rookie year and you’re on Calder watch, or you’re expected to put up a 50-goal season in your prime, these stories will play out and make up the big moments of your Pro’s career.

Monumental Moments – Your Pro’s career will revolve around a few key moments: Draft Day, the NHL Awards, the Stanley Cup, and more — Be A Pro tracks them all and presents them in exciting broadcast style updates throughout your career.

NHL 21 launches worldwide October 16th, pre-order NHL 21 Great Eight Edition and get it 3 days earlier, on October 13. It includes the following:

  • Up to 10 HUT Diamond Player Choice Packs (2 per month for 5 months)
  • HUT Synergy Veteran Choice Pack (Choice 1 of 10; +1 OVR per month until August 2021)
  • HUT Cover Athlete Choice Pack (Choice of: Ovechkin, Matthews, McDavid, Pettersson, Laine, Subban)
  • 3 Days Early Access
  • Be A Pro XP Boost and Bonus Trait and Specialization Points
  • 5 Unlocked World of Chel Hockey Bags

As for next-gen consoles, there won’t be a true PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X version, only forward compatibility.

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  1. Holy crap they actually made this look legit.,
    Big concern is the conversation system being repetitive, but the ability to purchase upgrades is really neat.
    THAT...actually looks, dare I say it, promising? 
    Salary and "stuff" apparently affect how you perform on the ice, which, depending heavily on execution, could be either gimmicky, or revolutionary for the genre.  We'll see.
    They showed a LOT of environments.  Apparently, world building has finally come to the frozen pond.  DEFINITELY a good sign.  They seem to have been taking notes from some of the better career modes of recent years. 
    This doesn't move NHL 21 onto my must buy list, but it definitely makes it a very high item on my watch list.
    This mode will be boring after some weeks. This Conversations have no influence to the game of a Player. You can create and try it at Franchise mode with the Coach mode in NHL 20 and you will see that I am right.
    I usually end up picking it up at some point anyway, but I'll be quite content to sit back and hear some reviews before I purchase it.
    Looks like it could be good, but EA has tricked me more than once!
    I could care less about this mode if the gameplay isn't fixed. I'm with Travolterjohn. This will get repetitive and boring after a few weeks of play.
    The trailer lost me at having fans and being able to buy houses and watches and all that. I'm not playing Be A Pro to live the life of somebody who plays hockey for a living, I play it to play hockey as a single person over the course of a career. MLB The Show does this incredibly well (it could still be better) and isn't all that intrusive or needy. The mention of a balancing act gives me bad vibes about derailing certain aspects if you don't actually balance what you do.
    But. It's better than a 'campaign/story mode' career like 2K started and is now bleeding into EA's games
    Even if the execution of what was shown falls a little flat, at least it's a vast improvement over the stale BAP mode we've endured for the last few years. 
    What I'm looking forward to the most is how well balanced all this interaction will be. Performance on the ice, meeting expectations, media, teammates, etc. As long as the on-ice performance doesn't get overshadowed, this is a must buy for me.
    It would be great if nex gen got NHL21, but I understand the production cycle didn't work out favorably. I was lucky enough to pre-order a X series X, but even an upscaled experience is better than current gen.
    goalieump413
    Even if the execution of what was shown falls a little flat, at least it's a vast improvement over the stale BAP mode we've endured for the last few years.*
    What I'm looking forward to the most is how well balanced all this interaction will be. Performance on the ice, meeting expectations, media, teammates, etc. As long as the on-ice performance doesn't get overshadowed, this is a must buy for me.
    It would be great if nex gen got NHL21, but I understand the production cycle didn't work out favorably. I was lucky enough to pre-order a X series X, but even an upscaled experience is better than current gen.

    THIS. Times a hundred.
    Honestly, the thing that killed me about BaP this generation, was how flat the characters and the world were. To riff on a line from Gertrude Stein, there was no "there" there, there was no "who" there, and there was very little "what" there.
    And without that, there's no sense of ownership, no emotional attachment to the player's character, and concordantly, little reason to stick with the game for the long term.
    Road to the Show, MotoGP 20, WRC of late, and in particular, F1 19 and 20, have demonstrated how you can expand the game's world, add a defined supporting cast, and give the user an emotional hook, without bogging down the inside the lines experience.
    If those are the series that EA cribbed from, then this could be a blockbuster.
    As for those who insist on strictly staying inside the lines: dude, that's what they've been doing with this series for this entire hardware generation. Part of the potential appeal of a mode like this, is the chance to give the user a look at parts of the sport that most fans never see.
    What IS it like, as a player, to run into one of your team's superfans away from the rink? How DOES a mentors' road trip affect the room, and thus, the play on the ice? How much of a financial stressor IS it, to cover a rookie dinner? How many butterflies DO you get in your stomach on Opening Night? How tough IS it to get traded, especially from your home team or the team that drafted you? And so on.
    There's so much of the sport, which happens away from the game on the ice, and which is just as much a part of the players' experience, that fans may only hear about in passing, if at all. And just dismissing it all as irrelevant out of hand, closes off a venue for a potentially deeper and richer user experience, that will bring them back for another playthrough.
    And if it does get slightly repetitive, is that necessarily a bad thing? I know most of the major story beats in Persona 5 Royal nearly by heart, but I'm still about to start my fourth run through that beast, because it's just so emotionally rewarding.
    Again, NHL 21 is a strong wait and see for me: not a must-have, and not a pre-order. I like what I see here, to be sure; and the design choices do look intriguing. That said, a sizzle reel and the actual end user experience, can be markedly different; ergo, wait and see.
    I dislike the young money vibe that the trailer has. Also really wish that the coaches would give actual hockey instructions instead of telling solely to the player silly "I need you to score". Coach doesn't necessarily care who scores, his job is to create optimal situation via giving tactical instructions and perhaps changing the line combos. But this would need some actual in depth hockey knowledge, which I believe that the devs are lacking or are unable to implement in the game. I wonder why they are not using some former NHL-coach to get some help like they used to with Marc Crawford back in the days
    Okay, now I'm SERIOUSLY intrigued.
    Go to about 3:05 or 3:06 in the trailer, freeze it, and check out all the categories up top.  Yes, it did show "young money," but look at what DIDN'T get revealed:  the items under Personnel, Media, Finances, Investments, Donatio... (sic)
    Wait, donations?  Looks like it's more than just big boys' toys that you can spend your money on.  Hmmm!
    Also of note, I noticed somewhere that there was a player in the Swiss league being offered an endorsement of a cereal box.  That's not insignificant.  Part of the reason that 13 and 14 were uneven, was that the experience in the CHL was pared down, and some of the outside the lines content didn't kick in until you hit the NHL proper.  Looks like, for the European leagues at least, it's not as stripped down as the CHL was back in 13/14.
    If you know the Coach conversations and talks to the Player in Franchise mode, you know that this has no impact on the Gameplay of a Player. It doesn’t matter which answer you give. Useless ! I think the same will be in BaP
    Confident superstar or a quiet team player. Why can't you be a quiet superstar? Anyway this seems more fluff than stuff. Outside the story mode that we'll probably hate does it add anything to the game of hockey?
    I play this mode and I don't care about none of that fluff if the gameplay still sucks. I play as a D-man. Currently the core logic is horrible.
    -Your D-man teammate changes lines while in the defensive zone
    -Coaches never take a timeout
    -Coaches never changes the faceoff formation
    -AI Line edit logic is terrible. Putting forwards as D-men
    -Teammates do not change lines on the fly when on PP
    -Too often, the AI just skates into the opponent like they're not even there
    -Simple things like, you can't choose your jersey number
    This is just to name a few. So all that new crap is trash to me if the core is the same.
    Mitchrapp
    Confident superstar or a quiet team player. Why can't you be a quiet superstar? Anyway this seems more fluff than stuff. Outside the story mode that we'll probably hate does it add anything to the game of hockey?

    Name a quiet superstar.
    Superstars are supposed to be in the spotlight. Hence... "Superstar".
    And I think you're applying a specious argument to whether it would add anything to the game of hockey. The complaint all along was that there hadn't been enough story, character depth, or personality to the game mode for quite some time. What happens on the ice is hockey. What happens off the ice affects hockey. Just like real life events shape how you do at work or school.
    goalieump413
    Name a quiet superstar.
    Superstars are supposed to be in the spotlight. Hence... "Superstar".
    And I think you're applying a specious argument to whether it would add anything to the game of hockey. The complaint all along was that there hadn't been enough story, character depth, or personality to the game mode for quite some time. What happens on the ice is hockey. What happens off the ice affects hockey. Just like real life events shape how you do at work or school.

    Maybe a confident quiet superstar, like an Yzerman.
    I've played games where you talk to teammates in person or on twitter and it's not enjoyable for me. It's a waste. Like MLB The Show, why am I (a rookie) giving advice to seasoned stars. Not everyone wants a story mode. If I want a house I'll just go back to Elder Scrolls Online.
    But BaP has spent this entire generation up to now, being little more than play game, play game, rinse, repeat.
    It's soulless.  It's empty.  And it's boooooooring.
    goalieump413
    Name a quiet superstar.
    Superstars are supposed to be in the spotlight. Hence... "Superstar".
    And I think you're applying a specious argument to whether it would add anything to the game of hockey. The complaint all along was that there hadn't been enough story, character depth, or personality to the game mode for quite some time. What happens on the ice is hockey. What happens off the ice affects hockey. Just like real life events shape how you do at work or school.

    Joe Sakic. Pavel Datsyuk. John Tavares. The Sedin Twins. Jonathon Toews. Nicklas Backstrom.
    goalieump413
    Name a quiet superstar.
    Superstars are supposed to be in the spotlight. Hence... "Superstar".
    And I think you're applying a specious argument to whether it would add anything to the game of hockey. The complaint all along was that there hadn't been enough story, character depth, or personality to the game mode for quite some time. What happens on the ice is hockey. What happens off the ice affects hockey. Just like real life events shape how you do at work or school.

    All pretty quiet from my experience especially when comparing to the nfl / nba
    There's a number of Gamechangers who have been playing the mode on youtube.
    Looks like you can't play a full season in the CHL or Europe (It's the Memorial Cup & Champions Hockey League playoffs only), everyone has been drafted by the Kings even after they killed it in the games before hand (one guy even had 15 points in 4 games), & were projected to go #1. I'd rather them randomize the draft order every save.
    PhillyGuy11826
    There's a number of Gamechangers who have been playing the mode on youtube.
    Looks like you can't play a full season in the CHL or Europe (It's the Memorial Cup & Champions Hockey League playoffs only), everyone has been drafted by the Kings even after they killed it in the games before hand (one guy even had 15 points in 4 games), & were projected to go #1. I'd rather them randomize the draft order every save.

    Madden 21 had the same issue with everyone being drafted by the Bears. It should be fixed by release.
    I am still licking my chops at Live the Life Be A Pro NHL 21, this might be a block buster , this is what might like save NHL series bacon, like hey u gotta think out side the box, am so glad they went back to story mode scenerios, good they are on track, question is the gameplay gonna be sim or arcade or hybrid of sim and arcade, I wanna test out the goalie mode when I get there, which is on a friday of 16th of this month.
    I wonder if the sliders are gonna be different , which will probably will be different, after he mentioned different skating animations and different goalie animations.
    :p
    All what you do in this mode will have no impact for the development of your Player. See the coaching mode in Franchise. It doesn’t matter which answer you give as Coach to the Player. It doesn’t make him stronger or weaker. I am 100% sure it will be the same in the story mode of BaP. It’s only a cosmetic thing. After some weeks this mode will be boring. This is my meaning. But of course do not want stopping you to try.
    The radio talk is kind of neat, but with just text with the rest it kind of falls flat for me. I always remember playing TOCA Race Driver 2 with all the cut scenes where my manager would either chew me out of flatter me after a race with his Scot humour. Loved that.
    Still, it is definitely an upgrade.

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