EA has released details on NHL 21 franchise mode today, as they introduce an all-new trade deadline feature, allowing users to try and replicate the wild and crazy yearly experience.
Your experience within the trade deadline will be shaped by the decision on whether you are a seller, conservative seller, conservative buyer or buyer. Choosing one of those 4 options will influence the type of trade offers you will receive.
Players will be able to sort by available players and view each team’s moveable assets, top 10 players still available, “off the market” players and traded players.
The NHL 21 team has also added a record book feature, allowing players to sort through all-time NHL career stats, all-time NHL season stats, all-time NHL rookie stats and franchise leaders. They have also added multiple positions for some players to help with lineup generation.
This year, you can control draft class quality. If set to the high setting, you will see stronger draft classes more often. Additionally, a new generated prospect quality setting has been added. When this is set to a high setting, you will see more top end prospects generated.
The CPU controlled teams will stop placing draft picks on the trade block early in the season and wait until later in the season to see how good or bad they are doing, before deciding to let go of them or not.
Unfortunately, there is no mention of NHL 21 roster share, so it looks like another year will go by without the heavily requested option. Maybe they are holding it for next-gen…
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.