NHL 14 launches September 10

Latest professional hockey simulator from EA Sports arriving this fall for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

NHL 14 will launch September 10 in North America and September 13 in Europe, Electronic Arts announced today. The game's debut trailer (below) is also now available.

This year's game--developed by EA Canada--includes collision physics powered by the same core technology behind FIFA's Player Impact Engine. This new technology will allow for "bigger, more thrilling hits, and truer-to-life collisions," EA said.

NHL 14's fighting features have also been expanded. The Enforcer Engine, which powers the Fight Night series, will be used for an all-new third-person presentation to highlight "the anatomy of a fight." The technology allows for true size and strength differentiation between players and new jostling mechanics, the developer said.

Some of NHL 14's other new features include 1,000 new skating animations, as well as "improved" acceleration made possible through the second iteration of the franchise's True Performance Skating system.

NHL 14 will also include a new "more responsive" deking system, whereby players can use just the left stick and one button to juke opponents.

The game's updated Be a Pro career mode will factor in decisions made off the ice to a player's overall legacy. Players can interact with teammates outside the rink and field media interviews, all of which will affect their relationship with fans, teammates, and management.

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leigham
leigham

WHY dont they bring this game to the VIta. I just don't understand. I, and I'm sure many people can attest that they used to dumby NHL 07 on the psp. This game would be insane on the vita, especially now with two analog sticks. And also since they aren't putting it out for the PS4 or the XBOX One. They really need to do this, they are missing out on a solid market. And I am sure as heck it wouldn't cost that much, its the same platform as the PS3

JuanGrande386
JuanGrande386

Better be doing something about the faceoffs. I seriously can only win maybe 20% of the faceoffs in NHL13. I never had that problem in previous games and it usually leads to my team getting blown away like 8-2! Ive also played tons of games with both teams having 6+ goals. 

senjutsu
senjutsu

I normally buy one on two (2010, then 2012, etc). By my own kind of rules, I should buy it, but I'm not even thinking of buying another current gen sports game. I'll wait for 2015 on next gen instead, hoping for bigger differences.

DaWarthog
DaWarthog

Why am I not surprised EA is not ready for next gen. They are really setting themselves up for destruction.

Patchezs
Patchezs

The Leafs fans in that screenshot are all still wearing the old 2007-08 jerseys. 

That really says it all about this series, doesn't it?

DrKill09
DrKill09

I should have work by then, so I think I'll pick this up.  The newest one I have is NHL 09.  I want a lot of the new stuff they added in the past few years.

edinko
edinko

Its still the same game every year with the sports. 60 bucks for some tweaks and a fresh roster.

Furwings
Furwings

No Wii U version or Vita version?! What's EA's excuse not to port it? The Vita has dual-analog sticks and all the rest of the buttons required. And it shows EA's sheer lack of creativity by not porting it to the Wii U. Imagine goalie control where the person controlling the goalie has a zoomed in view showing the goalie and the net, and you can just tap the touchscreen to make saves. you can also move with the left stick, but anywhere you  tap would make the goalie make the appropriate save. It could actually make it FUN to be the goalie FOR ONCE!!! And NO next-gen PS4 or neXbox versions either?!? Lazy EA.

macdrury
macdrury

What about the VITA, theres football soccer and baseball but no HOCKEY!!!! who cares about basketball, lol.  I would love being able to play my EASHL player on my VITA! WTF!?

ZoTrAcK
ZoTrAcK

Same sh*t, different year.

snaketus
snaketus

This franchise really needs to go next-gen already! Maybe nex-gen version on PC? Me wish...

alienrov
alienrov

I purchase the 2013 last year and I was really disappointed, there was lot of bugs and EA didn’t correct them. Just go read the blog on EA and you will see a lot of people complain about the game. The problem is that EA does not keep goodies they throw in the year before … How come will still struggle with the Jersey of each them, I mean the old one?

We try to play online, server was bugging all the time, long loading, what can we ask more then this, they know how to deliver the crap …

I think they deliver crap each and single year with our hockey game, so I will be glad to NOT encourage them :)

leigham
leigham

Boy am I glad to see the seasons coming to NHL, thats the only mode I play in FIFA because its online and its pure, immediate competition without waiting like HUT has you waiting to find an opponent for tournaments.


I just hope they improve the control scheme to make it more responsive and tuned to what you actually want to do, instead of ruining it and not making it as fluid as is.


And oh boy am i glad to see the fighting improved, it's too tedious now and effortless, I want some skill in the fights and the winner to be the guy with the most skill in the fighting category.


And I'm liking the hits, I love laying the body when it's there and I love seeing the realism when I hit the man because thats exactly how it is in real, this is going to take it a whole other level.


There is nothing I am disappointed about or feel like they need to add to the features it is already a complete game with endless flavour, and just the mere tweaks and upgrades they are doing to their previous engines (and physics) are exactly what they need, it will make a big difference to the gameplay, and the modes they added are just the right touch to go along with it.


Well done EA SPORTS NHL team.


p.s.


The one thing they need to improve on is the updates, I don't understand why they can't do constant roster updates and also change the players tape colors accordingly - I'm not sure if they are being lazy or just simply can't do it as frequently as they should, but I personally think they can and should; MLB 13 The Show allows you to connect to mlb.com to upload the current rosters and apply them to your game for each and everyday. Maybe they should partner with NHL.com and do the same. Hopefully they do so that seasons or versus is nice, fresh and official each game.

Winchester01
Winchester01

too bad they don't making it for PC anymore, I was enjoying playing NHL 2004

duron2
duron2

I really hated NHL 13. I hope these improvements do make the game better.

shim0
shim0

@JuanGrande386 I don't understand, because I manage a 60%+ rate on the faceoff... Maybe you need to change your style and stance when taking the faceoff? Also, what is your attribute at? Strenght also aid into the breaks, so I would advise having a high attribute there too (helps for shots and hits too)

senjutsu
senjutsu

@DaWarthog If only other compagnies would try doing sports games... I'd love another compagny. EA is the worst, but as long as there is no compatition, they'll do super profits... sadly.

JudgeSim
JudgeSim

@DaWarthog i wonder how long people have been saying that, yet it never happens. 

Scorpion1813
Scorpion1813

@edinko  

And thus why some people like myself only buy it once every few years. Can't remember the last one I bought but it was over 4-5 years ago.
Having said that, I think they should still only release them every 4 years. Maybe do it on a leap year so it's easier for people to remember - or even cycle through the various sports titles, one per year (Madden 2012, NHL 2013, FIFA 2014, etc)

JudgeSim
JudgeSim

@Scorpion1813 @edinko why would they do that? just because you want them to? way more people play the latest year than the rest combined.  they have gotten better and better every year.

edinko
edinko

@Scorpion1813 @edinko Yeah I dindt even bother to look at this years fifa. Looked the same like the last one. Well no wonder it hardly can look better on the same console hardware. I`ll check out the next gen fifa when it comes.

shim0
shim0

@senjutsu Good... that's one less unapreciative community member on the field... Let me guess, in OTP you pick RD and play as a foward all game long?

senjutsu
senjutsu

@fredyellowone @LetsGoPens84 Ok, so ONE other company ever tried making an NHL game, and they even focused on mini games intead of the actual game (2K had a completly different approach)... Oh, and for the last two year, no other NHL game ON EARTH! Come on, let's say the real things. Companies simply don't want to risk it on a hard competing market, so we're stuck with low quality NHL games that simply never really add much but new roasters on each new year... I'm still sad. And I'l not gonna buy another till it's next gen, at least we'll have a reason to buy it..

shim0
shim0

@edinko @fredyellowone I'll certainly buy it. I have all NHL titles since 09, and will not stop buying the yearly release until they stop releasing them on current gen... Then I'll be tempted by the next-gen... 

Overall, this game costed me 0.15$/game in OTP/EASHL (and counting)- that is perhaps the best ratio I ever had with a game... I even just got AC3 and have a hard time commiting to it because of NHL!

Is the 60$ worth to play online on Xbox? To me, it's that same 60$ that I don't have to pay on Ps3 and play hockey all year long...


edinko
edinko

@fredyellowone @edinko Yes but the point is they pay 60 bucks for the same game with just small stuff added. Its could or should be some 10 dollars DLC or something

fredyellowone
fredyellowone

@edinko @fredyellowone 

For those who buy only sports games, a little tweak here and there, updated rosters and some features is all they care for.

What you expect?  It's a sports game after all.

shim0
shim0

@JudgeSim @Scorpion1813 Only thing EA actually needs to do with the yearly release is to have 2 teams, and each release one every other year. So there is full support all year long, plus a 2-year development cycle WITHOUT the 2-year release cycle. I think COD does that...

JudgeSim
JudgeSim

@Scorpion1813 @JudgeSim you're looking at this from a haters point of view. people aren't forced to buy it, but they do. because it gets better. sorry you've been left behind. i think EA knows more about business than you. the only title that had rough sales was a subscription game.

Scorpion1813
Scorpion1813

@JudgeSim

And think how much better it would be if they spent more than a year in development. Making way bigger and better improvements every time, instead of minor tweeks here that should not equate to anything more than a patch or minor add-on.

No, it's not "because I want them to" - it's to make a better game and a better experience for the consumers - without ripping them off in the process. Way more people would buy sports titles if they were NOT released annually. And then there is the possibility of releasing roster DLC (which would include roster changes, stat changes to currently existing players, and the inclusion of new players that did not feature in the game on release).

You seem to be looking at this purely from a business viewpoint - EA's business viewpoint at that. And we all know what their eye for business is like! I am looking at this through both a gamer and a games developers viewpoint.

Their current business model is outdated and has already failed for certain titles. It's only a matter of time before the rest fall.