NHL 07 demo skates on to 360?

Electronic Arts' official blog for the game says the playable trial version of its pucks game is already up on the Marketplace; Marketplace disagrees.

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It's like a game of he said, she said, only "he" is Electronic Arts' official Web site for NHL 07, and "she" is all evidence to the contrary. The official site was updated Monday with the following note:

NHL 07 is right around the corner but why wait? The Xbox 360 playable demo is live on the 360 Marketplace now! Fire up your Xbox 360 and download the NHL 07 demo before it's available in stores.

The only catch is that the demo wasn't up on the Marketplace as of press time.

This is not the first time the Xbox Live Marketplace wires have been crossed. In late June, when a demo for the 360 shooter Prey was late in arriving, Xbox Live director of programming Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb wrote on his blog that he cringes when developers or publishers promise to have Marketplace content available by a certain date.

"[G]etting a game through the certification process is very complex," Hryb said, "and often those promising the content by a certain date are not fully aware of all the pieces involved in bringing content to the Marketplace...and then when the content does not appear, well you know what happens."

Discussion

65 comments
jperc
jperc

WOW! gotta say i'm impressed. The shootout is too addictive! First year since NHL 98 I'm gonna own an EA hockey game.

prov11
prov11

Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, you know the rest... Demo is out on marketplace.

Flyers_89
Flyers_89

Ohhh... at last it comes....hope it shows up by tomorrow

prov11
prov11

Actually, our computer chair is on the fritz so I am sitting in a camping chair... Still nothing, it seems that EA is trying to hold us over by releasing new screens every day. I say whatever, anything NHL is good right now.

monkeeman07
monkeeman07

if you are someone who is freaking out about the demo not being out, and anyone willing to pay exorbanant amounts of money to play the game, you need to just sit back in your computer chair and take a deep breath.

prov11
prov11

Of course it really isn't Ea's fault... Bloody Microsoft cetification to the extreme ...*incoherent mumbling*.... Still no demo...

prov11
prov11

Grr, it's 10:54 on a Wednesday morning and still no demo. Blast ye EA!

jummysuts
jummysuts

fo sho, 2k6 is realistic and mildly fun but 06 for ps2 is straight up intense and fun

aliens33
aliens33

i agree with you jummysuts but the best hockey game are always made by ea wathever .

jummysuts
jummysuts

id rather play nhl 06 for ps2 rather than nhl 2k6 for xbox 360, sooo much better

aliens33
aliens33

please i need a little something. at least , a 1080 i video .I would pay 200$ to get the game right now !

Worms_boy24
Worms_boy24

I dunno when it gonna come out but please make this fast !!!!!!!!!!

dabulls23
dabulls23

does marketplace release demos during the weekend?? if not im assuming will see it probably sometime next week...

aliens33
aliens33

i hope it will be there tomorow at least .I NEED THIS DEMO NOW !!!!!!

jummysuts
jummysuts

so when is this demo supposed to come out then

jpgrant91
jpgrant91

the time of changes depending on what zone your in, it says he left it at 8am to me

jummysuts
jummysuts

as if that last guy posted that comment at 5 in the morning, thats dedication

Blitzburgh
Blitzburgh

Well it's Friday now, does anyone know when this is going to go up on the marketplace?

Garz97
Garz97

07 is gona trash 2k7

prov11
prov11

It's 3:07 and still no demo on Live.

dfoz3
dfoz3

Mmmmmmmmmmm demo....

sasuke55
sasuke55

They going demo crazy. Their spoiling us now when they dont' give us one people will go nuts.

jcloverboy
jcloverboy

getting 2K7 instead but I would have loved a demo b4 the release date (could make me change my mind).

tribe81
tribe81

once again thanks EA for crushing our hopes first madden 07 being crap, now this im over EA they have lost my dollars...

junglefish123
junglefish123

F*ck i bet their going to actually release it on friday, thats when the dead rising demo came out, and its usually like that demo friday, xbla on wendsdays etc. etc.

spoo_
spoo_

"veracity024 im prolly still gonna get 2k7 instead.... screw EA im sick of thier BS." If only I could play more then one game @ a time of NHL 2K6 without having to reset my console. Screw EA? Screw NHL 2K6 and the $60 price tag and not releasing a patch or letting me get any achievement points or playing a season because of the endless loading screen I got after every game. Think before you speak/post, if you are going to go on an anti-EA rant know your topic subject before sticking your foot in your mouth. I have never been so let down on a game purchase in my 21 years+ of gaming then I have been with NHL 2K6. First I paid $40 more for 2K6 on the 360 then I could of bought it on my PS2 with damn near the same visuals but only higher resolutions but it wouldn't even let me even play a season because of the endless loading screen after every game I ever played on NHL 2K6 for the 360. It wasn't my console because it is was the only game I have ever had problems with.

NnyCW
NnyCW

Yeap, certification process...like releasing games with glitched achievements (Tiger Woods, Outpost Kaloki X), low bitrate/artifact ridden trailers (Just Cause is the latest example, not all suffer from this, but it's fairly common), DoA 4 and Wrestle Kingdom's save issues at their respective launches, framerate issues (Quake IV is horrendous) and patches that glitch up the game (PGR 3) Sure seems to me like they just get something and throw it on there...then hide behind an excuse of certification when it's not out right away. Now, before some random person calls me a troll, look at my profile, I've spent quite a bit of time on my 360 as my GamerCard shows.

Sydwynder
Sydwynder

who cares, just get it on there

hcjfilms
hcjfilms

i just dont understand why there is such a lack of communication between the two parties. What is so hard? And yes, we all know that 2K7 looks to be more of the same, so we'll be able to compare them and see if the new gameplay is superior to stuff we're used to. Gary Thorne is the damn icing on the cake!

jstarzyk
jstarzyk

I want the demo for it so I can compare it to 2k6...

HotTopFade
HotTopFade

I would like another NHL Hitz!!! Or atleast a 3 on 3 option.

nuck44
nuck44

NHL 07 is going to be the best hockey game ever made. For the first time we will have realistic physics and the puck trajectory is not pre-determined. Congrats to EA!

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

ah well i dont like ea hockey games. thats why i have my original xbox to play nhl hits:D

HyperMetaDragon
HyperMetaDragon

It's too bad I can't speak bad on GameSpot. But you all knew what I was about to say about EA.

zsciaeount
zsciaeount

This may sound trite, but the fact that EA has Gary Thorne as a commentator is a real feather in their cap. I've purchased 2K for the past three years and was quite happy. But, with a monumental difference in presentation, and closure of the gap in gameplay, it's going to be a tough choice, and if there's enough decent gameplay, Gary Thorne may be the deciding factor.

aliens33
aliens33

Im sure that they wont put nhl 07 on marketplace untill they release texas holdem arcade game

eldanon
eldanon

Well I have been getting the 2k version of NHL for the last 3 years but heck, with a free demo, I'll give EA a chance to convince me.

tbolt_88
tbolt_88

so when is this demo being released?

arawk
arawk

WHERE!! !AHHHHHHH!!!!!ONE111

veracity024
veracity024

im prolly still gonna get 2k7 instead.... screw EA im sick of thier BS.

Digital-Devil
Digital-Devil

Looks better than Madden But dont trust EA at all

gskehans97
gskehans97

I can't wait to play NHL07, It sounds great and i bet it is too!

Aaron_130
Aaron_130

there's no sign of the demo in UK anyways, i wanna check this game out, the dual analog stick control is compelling enough to check it out, even though i know nothing of NHL or Hockey. I saw that Sudden Death movie with Van Damme a few times though >_

kidkit
kidkit

EA updatead their website to remove any reference to this. So the press release is written, but when did they mean to post it... that's the question.

ryanisking
ryanisking

I need a fix...this is killing me...