NHL 13 adds female playable athletes

EA Sports' new hockey sim first pro league sports game to have women as playable characters; Olympic stars Angela Ruggiero and Hayley Wickenheiser appearing as "legends."

NHL 13 will be the first professional league simulation sports game to introduce female playable characters, EA Sports announced today. Former Team USA defensive player Angela Ruggiero and Team Canada forward Hayley Wickenheiser will be playable "legends" in the upcoming hockey sim, which is due out next month for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Ruggiero and Wickenheiser front and center.

Last year's NHL 12 allowed users to create female custom characters, but no real-world players were available. EA Sports general manager Dean Richards said in a statement that the decision to include Ruggiero and Wickenheiser in NHL 13 is a continuation of a commitment the development team made to offer deeper recognition of women's hockey.

Ruggiero and Wickenheiser join NHL stars Doug Gilmour, Jari Kurri, Dominik Hasek, Wayne Gretzky, and Mario Lemieux as playable "legends" in NHL 13.

NHL 13 comes to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on September 11 in North America and September 13 in Europe. A demo for the game is available today for both platforms.

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doomslaer
doomslaer

Why, all the way into 2012, in the second decade of the third millenium, am I still hearing the retarded warblings of idiots like NooDLES-666?  Not only does he sound ignorant to women but also racist.  I used to date a Black woman in the Marine Corps., I wish he'd run into her sometime.  She was an excellent boxer.  I don't see why they haven't included women's hockey teams years ago, women's hockey has a growing cult of fans.  Women play a lot more like european players;  small, fast, vicious.  I think they've got plenty of game.  But, you can't tell some people that.  They're too focused on smearing feces on someone else like ... a monkey.

The-Apostle
The-Apostle

Why is this even a problem? If you don't want to use female players no one is pointing a gun to your head forcing you to use them. At least it's an option for those of us who want to use them. ;)

NooDLES-666
NooDLES-666

If you can be a female online, I can just see it now, all the xQCx DaNGL3Sn1P3z will be black girls with blond dreadlocks. 

Warsilver
Warsilver

They should just have the members of the IIHF Centennial All-Star Team as the "legends" and leave it at that...

RaddaRaddaRadda
RaddaRaddaRadda

*sniiiiiiiiiifffffffff*

 

Mmmmm, smell the misogyny in the comment thread. :-)

 

It's a low-risk move for a franchise that sells solely to a hardcore hockey audience. I'd be surprised if it deters the faithful from the product. Glancing through the comments, no one's said anything about not buying the game over it.... because none of you were ever going to buy it anyway. ;-)

 

Low-risk let's-see-what-happens move.

Yulaw2000
Yulaw2000

Sports games of this type are meant to be realistic so if this means woman playing alongside/vs men it makes no sense.

 

stziggy
stziggy

A deeper commitment to women's hockey?  This is one of the worst sales gimmicks aimed towards women I've seen in a long time.

 

If you want women to buy NHL 13, have all nude male teams!

the_mailman
the_mailman

stupid gimmick

 

this is pro hockey, not women's "hockey"

saosebastiao
saosebastiao

Well, we know that NHL has female players, but will there be any female playing the NHL game? I mean serously, not like casual gaming?

 

Why would women buy this game? (and i don't mean isolate cases, i mean by the thousands)

CaptainCecil
CaptainCecil

Can't wait to pit Super Mario against the Great One! Also, cool to see female legends.

SeptuagintXXX
SeptuagintXXX

I think every game should have the option of playing as a female character.  In Darksiders II, you should be able to play as Female Death (aka the Wife).  In God of War you should be able to play as Goddess of War (aka Mom).  In Madden 13, you should be able to play as Ms. Tom Brady (Gisele Budchen).  It would be a revolution in equal rights.

SeptuagintXXX
SeptuagintXXX

Hockey already has a female player-- Sidney Crosby.  She's the reason why your dad told you never to hit a girl; they break to easy. 

saosebastiao
saosebastiao

Next, made by  EA:  Fifa women 13, with Jiggling Breasts physics (and bikini's too), MADE FOR REAL WOMEN!

 

And a new version of Sims: Manly Sims, made for REAL MEN. Act like a bro, waste yourself in tons of irresponsable behaviours, beer, Rated PG sex and, in next Spring, the most awsome DLC EVARRR:  MANLY SIMS, SPRINGBREAK EDITION.

 

Buy it now, or EA cannot conquer earth!

SolidTy
SolidTy

If this sells a few copies, then good for EA.

AndrewII
AndrewII

the next thing you know, they'll be a call to add danica patrick to the F1 games(note I alreayd know that ms. patrick in way ever participated in F1)

interrasteral7
interrasteral7

Wow EA, it is weird that you add female hockey players to NHL 13 when you could of done it years ago.

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

NOOOO...Females forcing female charas to AvP:Colonial Marines,now this!

NOOOO! I wanna...wanna...a male Croft...at least shemale,k? lol

*jokin* :)

It will be hard to get into this since i dont know any female player by their name.

Sgthombre
Sgthombre

This only issue being is that women's hockey can't even touch men's hockey in terms of ability or physicality. They are two completely different sports. You can count the checks in a woman's game on one hand. Furthermore, why would you want them on your team when you have access to The Great One?

Kerrizma
Kerrizma

Considering the NHL is going to have a lock out, a womens only hockey game is probably more relevant in 2013

Axe_Armor
Axe_Armor

Nice try EA, but we still know you are the exact opposite of progression in the gaming world.

graspin7708
graspin7708

for someone to say that the womens's Canada/USA semi-final game was better than any hockey game over the past 5 years is crazy.  without question, each of the 2011 cup final games between Boston and Vancouver were classics.  the soccer match was sloppy, lazy and suspicious at best. 

blackace
blackace

Didn't even know women played hockey. Still waiting for 2K Sports to add WNBA as an add-on to their NBA 2K13 game after it's release. I'm not a big fan of WNBA, but I know several woman who enjoy it. I've been to maybe 2 WNBA games with friends and the ratio of women to men there was like 50:1. Lots of lesbians there in large groups. Hehehe!!. There is an all women's football league as well call "Lingerie Football League  [url]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lingerie_Football_League[/url].

 

I've never watched it, but I might have to check it out.

TheCyborgNinja
TheCyborgNinja

I applaud the effort, but the models look like bad user-created players.

 

The best game to add women to would be their MMA stuff... UFC may wind up having women in the not too distant future.

BlackSquare
BlackSquare

I hope they do this to FIFA. Women's Soccer is amazing. Better than the Mens.

glimpus
glimpus

DOUG GILMOUR?  SOLD!

Thirdrail1
Thirdrail1

Wow, I didn't know that EA had done that last year. I would have bought a copy of NHL12. That's really cool. I'm proud of you, EA.

Cheekz77
Cheekz77

LOL Unless Its womens Olympics hockey...Then Who Cares !!!

jimy1475
jimy1475

can i put some cool outfits? then im in

DJKrayz_basic
DJKrayz_basic

exactly what first comment said, Manon Rheaume would be my first guess...   not that im into hockey, but it's a good step...

Apastron
Apastron

 @the_mailman No it's not.  It's a video game created by a tech squad in an office somewhere.

Maverick2448
Maverick2448

 @SeptuagintXXX Thank you. At least I am not the only one. These ladies could probably rough Mrs. Crosby up real good

MonkeySpot
MonkeySpot

 @AndrewII It would be a NASCAR game, and I would welcome her being added to the list of playable drivers.

Apastron
Apastron

 @AndrewII

Of course there are (well, were) two female test drivers in F1 this year (Wolff and de Villota), and it's only a matter of time before someone like Virgin, Marussia or Williams gives one a seat for commercial purposes, if not for driving reasons.

 

Apastron
Apastron

 @Sgthombre

 It's a videogame - the ultimate level playing field.  Let's not pretend that any game accurately represents how a player of any sport actually plays in reality.

blackace
blackace

 @Cheekz77 

I don't really care about hockey at all. Professional or Olympic. Surprisingly, the USA women's soccer game against Canada was more exciting then any hockey game I've watched in that last 5yrs.

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

 @Apastron  De Villota had a very bad accident in a testing session...injured badly.Thx god she is alive but will never be able to do racing again unfortunatelly :(

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

 @Apastron Nah :) Few weeks back i was bashed while defending the Colonial Marines petition to have female characters included in the multiplayer part.Many "boys" reacted to that article like:Now i want a male Tomb Raider main protagonist and such.

Apastron
Apastron

They appear to have made the effort to turn up for this article, too.  And they wonder why we can't have nice things...