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NHL 21 Franchise Mode Wishlist: Five Features We Want to See

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NHL 21 Franchise Mode Wishlist: Five Features We Want to See

We’ve been going through plenty of NHL 21 wishlists as of late (here, here and here), and Matt checks in with a video today discussing NHL 21 franchise mode. Since we know there will be no next-gen version this year, the focus is going to be more on updating what’s already in the EA NHL series. With that serving as a backdrop, Matt goes through his list below.

This list is by no mean all-encompassing, but these are five things that would certainly help create a deeper and more enjoyable NHL 21 franchise mode experience. If you want to support us and see more videos like this, by all means like and subscribe on YouTube.

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  1. Nice feature list Chase. Hopefully EA is listening. The career mode has been stale for years and in need of a major facelift IMO. But none of this will matter if the actual gameplay on the ice is subpar.
    Edgar_Nunez
    Nice feature list Chase. Hopefully EA is listening. The career mode has been stale for years and in need of a major facelift IMO. But none of this will matter if the actual gameplay on the ice is subpar.

    Thanks Edgar, video is by Matt though just a heads up.
    Yes on GM Connected !!! Also custom season length in franchise modes for online and offline. I want to play shorter seasons!
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    The Revamped Rosters will return if/when EA adds roster sharing. I’d like to expand it to include a bunch of options:
    Revamped Rosters 2020-21
    Revamped Rosters All Time
    Revamped Rosters 1997 (or sometime around that... big Eric Lindros fan here)
    Revamped Rosters 1980 Olympics
    Every attribute for every player gets modified. Attributes like passing, shooting, shot blocking, faceoffs, etc based on statistics. Attributes like speed and agility based on scouting reports.
    Let’s turn the clocks back to 2014 (for those of you who have been around here that long and remember).
    Just waiting on you to pass me the torch, EA.
    In addition to all the traditional and extreme sports, there's also the teensy-weensy matter of motorsports.  F1 2020 is flat out amazing, WRC 9 may well end up being similarly good, you can't ignore Milestone's motorcycle games (MotoGP 20 and RIDE 4), and if Project CARS 3 turns out to be better than the first announcements...that's a lot of competition, just for sports games.  Now throw Cyberpunk 2077 in the mix.
    I don't think NHL 21 is going to NEED, per se, the biggest miracle since Lake Placid.  But yelling "Squirrel" and charging full price admission simply won't cut it this year.
    5 Good points. Want to have more possibilities to create better Player faces also to change EA generic faces which are looking mostly very ugly. Also a Pic upload for the black and empty Player profiles, same as a Goalie mask creator and more customization Equipment.
    crazy that there's no "Euro Franchise Mode" in this game and it's also crazy that we don't have 32-team franchise control. Very industry standard things are missing in this game. 21 is an easy skip atm, and it'd have to be just a ridiculously ground-breaking year to change that.
    @Elite 
    To be fair, though, Euro franchise is a bit much of an ask.  This is NHL 21, not IIHF 21.  I wouldn't expect a theoretical MLS  game, to offer a full-featured experience in the Italian league.
    The flagship organization--NHL, in this case--has to be the focus.  The reason FIFA games can cover so many leagues, is because FIFA is an umbrella organization for all the lower leagues.
    Now, in theory, if some developer OTHER than EA, were to put out a licensed IIHF game...
    Hockey is my 2nd favorite sport behind Puroresu. I agree 1000% behind all of his wishes. It's almost like EA simple doesn't care for the Hockey series anymore. It's almost like they are trying to drive people away from buying their games.
    1 Realism...
    2 Cpu vs Cpu fights ( there are none)..
    3 Throwback Goalie masks ( EA took em out)..
    4 No helmet option (EA removed this option)
    5 Stop removing things from game..
    LoadStar81
    @Elite*
    To be fair, though, Euro franchise is a bit much of an ask.* This is NHL 21, not IIHF 21.* I wouldn't expect a theoretical MLS* game, to offer a full-featured experience in the Italian league.
    The flagship organization--NHL, in this case--has to be the focus.* The reason FIFA games can cover so many leagues, is because FIFA is an umbrella organization for all the lower leagues.
    Now, in theory, if some developer OTHER than EA, were to put out a licensed IIHF game...

    Meh, to be fair, it's the only "sim" hockey game on the market, and they've included every major league except for the KHL. Why not give you the ability to run a franchise in the CHL, or some euro-league?
    Their main focus on franchise over the past few years has been scouting and the trade engine (Which still sucks-give me 31/32 team control like every other sports game has).
    Something I'd like that I never see suggested is an expanded practice mode. You can already jump into practice mode scenarios like breakout, rush and OZ, but you have no ability to set different offensive and defensive strategies within those scenarios to see how they work out. Sometimes I just want to work on the PP/PK, but even setting it to 5 on 4, you can't set the AI behavior to run Umbrella vs Diamond, for example. It would also be nice to practice with your team in franchise mode, be a pro, and EASHL
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    Great list of much needed items for franchise. One improvement I’d love to see is the ability to make mid-game saves. Some of us enjoy playing lengthy periods (I play full 20 minutes) and it’s long past time to add this ability. I understand that it’s difficult to offer manual saves in time-based games, but it can be done at stoppages of plays. Heck, I’d take the ability to save your game between periods at the very least.
    lunch pale gang
    Great list of much needed items for franchise. One improvement I’d love to see is the ability to make mid-game saves. Some of us enjoy playing lengthy periods (I play full 20 minutes) and it’s long past time to add this ability. I understand that it’s difficult to offer manual saves in time-based games, but it can be done at stoppages of plays. Heck, I’d take the ability to save your game between periods at the very least.

    I want to say this was a possibility back on NHL 2k10. I think it had to be inbetween periods. But remember thinking that was the coolest thing ever. Now i just put my PS4 to "rest" and pick it up day or two later

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