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NHL 21 Franchise Mode Details Revealed, Plenty of New Additions, But Still No Roster Share

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NHL 21 Franchise Mode Details Revealed, Plenty of New Additions, But Still No Roster Share

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.

Once you enter the Trade Deadline you are officially on the clock! Starting at 6AM(PST) you’ll have until 12PM(PST) to shore up any deals heading into the final stretch of the season. You’ll immediately notice that you’ll be presented with the top players on the trade block. You’ll also be able to see important information about each player like their contract status, trade value, and what the team is looking for in return.

Whenever a trade is made, you’ll be notified via the ticker at the bottom of the screen that will deliver details on every move on trade deadline day.

Just like the real trade deadline, the market value of players will fluctuate as the day goes on and you may see players go on or off the block based on prior trades a team has made.

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.

You’ll notice a greater separation in trade value from player to player. Players like McDavid will have high value and be much harder to acquire. We’ve also adjusted the value of certain positions, centers and defenders will see an increase in overall value while goalies and wingers will have slightly less overall value than previous years.

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.

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  1. No word on roster sharing yet, plz include it.
    Seems like a few positive changes have been made. I like the re-addition of the trade deadline and the ability to set yourself as a buyer/seller. That's something that every sports game needs. Multiple player positions is something we've needed for years. Also glad that record tracking is in, although it's as bare bones as it could possibly be. Still, that's a plus.
    The ability to edit draft classes/rosters/coaches and share them would push this over the top. It could be an awesome franchise mode and arguably the best one going today, if player ratings weren't so terrible and they weren't missing all the prospects from Russia, College and the US Dev team.
    Going to stick with Tony Hawk and maybe grab FIFA if they don't have roster sharing. Some steps in the right direction, but when half the people are missing and nobody's rating makes any sense, what's the point of even playing?
    No connected franchise and no custom season length in franchise mode. I'm out see ya next year. All those that get the game enjoy!
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    No Roster share or Roster Transfer from NHL 20. No Goalie mask creator. So many important things are missing. They include things which should added by a Patch. One word - disappointing!
    No roster sharing amd basically no substantial gameplay updates it's an easy pass for another year, no matter wich new addition they make to the franchise.
    hazey
    Sorry for dumb question but what does connected franchise mean?

    it use to be the Online Franchise mode that they had but they removed it i think 4 or 5 years ago.
    I do like some of the new additions to the game, but I don't understand why they can't humor us with some really easy changes. I know they are never going to do roster share; but give us a real player editor where you can change everything, add generic jersey templates, and custom faces. Madden has all those things, and they seem so easy to add
    A lot to dislike on the Franchise side, sure, but consider:  Deadline Day is new this year, and Fog of War is another recent add-in. 
    Elsewhere, it looks like EA finally gave BaP some SERIOUSLY OVERDUE love, after letting it essentially rot for half a decade.  When motorsports (F1, MotoGP, WRC, and debatably, NASCAR) are eating your career mode's lunch several times over, you're way behind the curve.  It seems Franchise Mode thus suffered a bit because BaP had fallen so far behind; Franchise apparently didn't get as many big-ticket upgrades as hoped, but from this BaP player's perspective, I genuinely don't mean to be rude here, but "Welcome to the party, pal!"
    kazjason
    Why can't we get the ability to see box scores/stats from games around the league or past games?
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    Yeah, if they are going to limit us to only playing our teams games one huge addition would be something similar to The Show or Madden with updated scores.
    Imagine an out of town score bug during stoppages in play or intermissions and of course like you say being able to go through all box scores in the franchise menu.
    With the new stat tracking for game, season, career I hope sometime down the road when a player is close to breaking a record there will be a cut scene similar to how the one for 1 goal away from a hat trick is.
    somethings missing from menu screens, do we get trade difficulty and sim engine again, or has that been phased out entirely, I wanna see videos proof , not screen shots, I wanted a full length video detailing the options we get and maybe detailed video the sliders too.
    :y11:
    Remember when we had out of town scores and highlights?
    That was 30 years ago on a console that is less powerful than your watch.
    Not sure why we can't have nice things today.
    Maybe the PS6 will be powerful enough to handle this option.
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    Roster share would be a great addition but I was actually surprised how much they added to franchise this year.. I'm in!
    sweetjones
    Have they ever given a reason to not provide roster share?

    I'm starting to think it's an issue with the NHLPA or possibly the NCAA?
    Every year I hope for roster share and every year disappointed. Just want to play with those early 90s teams of my youth. Is there an ability to edit players inside of franchise play? Thanks!!!
    A Roster transfer from 20 to 21 would be a beginning. It makes me sick to spend every year some weeks and massive hours to create missing Players for a good Roster. In NHL 20 was approx. 300 Players. No transfer possibility, no business with me. I am strict this year.
    sweetjones
    Have they ever given a reason to not provide roster share?

    The only reason i can think of is that with roster sharing people would not need to keep buying the game every year anymore since there's barely any gameplay updates for years.
    31/32-team franchise control is a must for me to even entertain playing that mode. Glad to see it's improving for you all, but would like to be able to actually see the league live as a whole rather than as one team. I don't need to add anything that hasn't already been said about roster sharing. If any game really needs it, it's NHL imo.
    PPerfect_CJ
    No roster share. No custom goal songs. No reason for me to bother with this game.

    This is exactly what I wanted plus 32 team control. That should be 3 easy adds that would've made a lot of people happy in franchise mode. Extremely disappointed and will either not buy, or wait for it to be $20 like normal.
    sweetjones
    Have they ever given a reason to not provide roster share?

    I can't find it, but I remember Sean Ramjagsingh doing an interview at one point (maybe 2 years ago?) and basically just laughing it off as if the percentage of the community that cared was extremely small, and that they were working on bigger things instead.
    I don't know, maybe I'm being naïve or something, but it just seems like such a simple thing to add-You've already got a network, you're already sending out base rosters.
    The only thing I can think of (like many here), is that they know that they'd lose costumers by doing this, as each new release is essentially patch work with an updated roster. It's a shame because I'd be happy to continue buying it, and I'm sure many would as well. I'll be waiting until it goes on sale for $30 at the earliest, or may just skip it completely.
    kinsmen7
    I can't find it, but I remember Sean Ramjagsingh doing an interview at one point (maybe 2 years ago?) and basically just laughing it off as if the percentage of the community that cared was extremely small, and that they were working on bigger things instead.
    I don't know, maybe I'm being naïve or something, but it just seems like such a simple thing to add-You've already got a network, you're already sending out base rosters.
    The only thing I can think of (like many here), is that they know that they'd lose costumers by doing this, as each new release is essentially patch work with an updated roster. It's a shame because I'd be happy to continue buying it, and I'm sure many would as well. I'll be waiting until it goes on sale for $30 at the earliest, or may just skip it completely.

    But they lost me as Customer exactly about that. Will not buy 21 cause can not transfer my self created 300 Player Roster from NHL 20 to NHL 21
    kinsmen7
    I can't find it, but I remember Sean Ramjagsingh doing an interview at one point (maybe 2 years ago?) and basically just laughing it off as if the percentage of the community that cared was extremely small, and that they were working on bigger things instead.
    I don't know, maybe I'm being naïve or something, but it just seems like such a simple thing to add-You've already got a network, you're already sending out base rosters.
    The only thing I can think of (like many here), is that they know that they'd lose costumers by doing this, as each new release is essentially patch work with an updated roster. It's a shame because I'd be happy to continue buying it, and I'm sure many would as well. I'll be waiting until it goes on sale for $30 at the earliest, or may just skip it completely.

    But they lost me as Customer exactly about that. Will not buy 21 cause can not transfer my self created 300 Player Roster from NHL 20 to NHL 21. I can not understand Customer which wants to have Roster share and buy than the Game when it's not in.
    LoadStar81
    A lot to dislike on the Franchise side, sure, but consider:* Deadline Day is new this year, and Fog of War is another recent add-in.*
    Elsewhere, it looks like EA finally gave BaP some SERIOUSLY OVERDUE love, after letting it essentially rot for half a decade.* When motorsports (F1, MotoGP, WRC, and debatably, NASCAR) are eating your career mode's lunch several times over, you're way behind the curve.* It seems Franchise Mode thus suffered a bit because BaP had fallen so far behind; Franchise apparently didn't get as many big-ticket upgrades as hoped, but from this BaP player's perspective, I genuinely don't mean to be rude here, but "Welcome to the party, pal!"

    I'm happy for anyone that gets what they want from NHL 21.
    That said, we had a deadline mini-game back on the PS3. You had a certain number of Blackberry phones and it counted down hour-by-hour. EA has been removing features and then adding them back as "new" for decades.
    P.S. I buy MLB the Show every year, specifically because of the roster vault (share). So many talented creators and transfers from one year to the next, why wouldn't you want to buy it? Just plain dumb if you're listening EA Marketing...(I know you're not):wave:
    Travolterjohn
    But they lost me as Customer exactly about that. Will not buy 21 cause can not transfer my self created 300 Player Roster from NHL 20 to NHL 21. I can not understand Customer which wants to have Roster share and buy than the Game when it's not in.

    I 100% agree. I'd like to give the new "be a pro" mode a bit of a shot, but as a guy who loves deep rosters and franchise mode, this is starting to get foolish. MLB the Show has had roster sharing for years, and the community has continued to grow exponentially based on a great group of people who build their own rosters. Madden and Fifa also have it.
    It just seems like EA has become tone-deaf, which is very unfortunate. I won't get into Madden, and the self-inflicted damage that they've done, but when I look at this game, I'm sitting here thinking "Who the heck is doing your marketing? Pre-Sales are extremely important, but you're not pumping out details and gameplay video until a week or two before the actual release?". All that says to me, and maybe it's misguided, is that a) You aren't even proud enough to show off what you, as a company, have done, b) You realize that the customer base isn't going to do much other than trash you, so you hold off hoping that people will miss the social media backlash and buy before they see it, c) You're trying to pre-sell copies to people based on nostalgia/repeat buyers, d) You know the reviews of the game aren't going to be good, because you're doing exactly what Madden just did (I lied when I wouldn't bring up Madden...), and saw how that ended, or e) All of the above.
    Hint: The answer is probably "E". Which is a shame. If you're not going to put the effort into the games actual rosters, why not let us?
    Maybe you will not believe it ... but I have so much fun with my about 300 self created Player Roster and my new spreadsheet with much better individual Player statistic in NHL 20 which NHL 21 could not deliver me. Started a new Franchise, play all my Games in 4 min period span with the perfect slider for my fit of playing. Statistics after the Game looking in most points very similar to real. Now at regular Season Game 55 Season one with my Expansion Team.
    Speaking of roster sharing. I honestly think EA just wants us to use their rosters. They’re just being selfish. They won’t update the uniforms on a separate file like they used to years back, we gotta update the rosters to get the jersey’s. Looks like Sens and Flames jerseys aren’t in the game until they update it. Which sadly comes with the rosters. Making it harder on us roster makers. We work on rosters, jersey updates comes out.. we gotta either keep the old one or start all over again. Very selfish on their part 100%. That is one of the biggest peeve of mine. I like to use the original rosters and go from there but I can’t with all the damn jerseys updates.
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    JaFFiTh
    Speaking of roster sharing. I honestly think EA just wants us to use their rosters. They’re just being selfish. They won’t update the uniforms on a separate file like they used to years back, we gotta update the rosters to get the jersey’s. Looks like Sens and Flames jerseys aren’t in the game until they update it. Which sadly comes with the rosters. Making it harder on us roster makers. We work on rosters, jersey updates comes out.. we gotta either keep the old one or start all over again. Very selfish on their part 100%. That is one of the biggest peeve of mine. I like to use the original rosters and go from there but I can’t with all the damn jerseys updates.
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    I feel you, it was way better when we got new jerseys via a code back in the days. BUT you don't have to start all over again every time a new roster with jerseys come out, you just have to set the new roster as your active roster in the main menu. You'll be able to use the new jerseys in franchise mode even though you're playing with an old roster.
    So when you have your edited roster ready, start a franchise, go back to the main menu, select the latest roster with the new jerseys as the active one, go back to franchise mode, and you're all set.
    At least that was the case in previous years.
    Oh an btw, the Flames jerseys are both already in, they're just not set as their home/away jerseys.
    Sauce12
    I feel you, it was way better when we got new jerseys via a code back in the days. BUT you don't have to start all over again every time a new roster with jerseys come out, you just have to set the new roster as your active roster in the main menu. You'll be able to use the new jerseys in franchise mode even though you're playing with an old roster.
    So when you have your edited roster ready, start a franchise, go back to the main menu, select the latest roster with the new jerseys as the active one, go back to franchise mode, and you're all set.
    At least that was the case in previous years.
    Oh an btw, the Flames jerseys are both already in, they're just not set as their home/away jerseys.

    I actually never knew or thought of this workaround. That’s awesome. Thanks for the tip, hopefully it still works.
    As for the jerseys, yeah I know the Flames are in but would be nice when they’re the default home and away. I hope we don’t have to wait for the Sens till the season starts in Jan.
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    kinsmen7
    I can't find it, but I remember Sean Ramjagsingh doing an interview at one point (maybe 2 years ago?) and basically just laughing it off as if the percentage of the community that cared was extremely small, and that they were working on bigger things instead...

    Not sure about roster share, but he definitely dismissed the thought of GM Connected coming back for that specific reason.

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