NHL 15, EA's NHL Debut on Xbox One/PS4, Missing Major Modes on Current-Gen

It may look nicer than last-gen versions, but NHL 15 on Xbox One and PS4 will be missing a number of features.

NHL 14, last year's NHL game from EA Sports, didn't make it to Xbox One and PlayStation 4, making the upcoming NHL 15 the series' debut on current-gen consoles. Unfortunately, as is sometimes the case with sports games making the transition to new hardware for the first time, not every mode in in the last-gen version will be included--in this case, the GM Connected, Live the Life, NHL 94 Anniversary, and EA Sports Hockey League modes won't make the cut.

The news was revealed in an official blog post from producer from Sean Ramjagsingh, who wrote, "Decisions like this are never easy, nor do we take them lightly. We know that there is a passionate group of fans that loves these modes and is no doubt disappointed with this news; but we also know that this same group of fans expects a high quality gameplay experience above anything else. We're a franchise built on quality, so launching these modes without confidence in their quality wasn't something that we were willing to do."

GM Connected mode is an online version of the Be a GM mode, while EASHL lets you create a hockey player and then play as him in 6v6 online matches. Both of these modes will be available in the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of NHL 15, as will Online Team Play, which won't come to NHL 15 until sometime after launch as part of a free update.

The Live the Life mode (which lets you create and play as a single NHL player while managing off-the-ice aspects of his career) available in the last-gen versions is absent from current-gen; instead, the Xbox One/PS4 version offers the less-involved Be a Pro mode. NHL 94 Anniversary Mode, which offers a nostalgic take on video game hockey, is also last-gen-only.

Ramjagsingh described the omissions as being the result of the developers' focus being on creating new technology (not unlike what we heard from Maxis regarding missing features in The Sims 4). "Our goal from day one was to build from the core out and deliver a truly next-generation gameplay and presentation experience for all our fans to enjoy," he explained.

"From the next-generation hockey player and true hockey physics to the unrivalled in-arena experience and a revolution in broadcast presentation, I couldn't be more proud of what our team has delivered in one year on new technology. The focus on a new gameplay engine was necessary to not only deliver a great game now, but also give us the foundation to deliver a truly next-generation hockey experience to you for the years to come."

It doesn't sound as if there are any plans to release EASHL in a post-release update, like with Online Team Play; Ramjagsingh merely says EA has "huge plans for the mode in future iterations of the game." Part of this will entail creating a group of fans who will help to provide feedback on future versions of the mode, which was first introduced in NHL 09.

NHL 15 launches on Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, and PS3 on September 9.

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CTBradums
CTBradums

Sims...EA. NHL15...EA.


I'm seeing a pattern, guys. I think I may have cracked the code.

kenray71
kenray71

Yep, Same Old EA. they are going to do every game from now on like The Sims, give you half of it for 60 bucks, and then make you pay $10-$20 bucks every month for a new mode that is already in the game, just locked so you'll download a 3k key that unlocks it for the $20 bucks, by the time the next one is released you will have paid $400-$500 bucks for this game, and they will start over the next year with the same thing, Any one that can't see this need to sell all their electronics and go back into the closet

colbster
colbster

What's new this year? Let me guess. Some bugs are fixed, but there's a bunch of new bugs. Oh, and passing is even worse than last year.

tushwacker
tushwacker

Crazy.. I've always just played the season mode locally with my friends in sports games. I've never been interested in the competitive multiplayer and the 'Live the Life'/ 'Be a Pro' modes were more frustrating than fun imo (a bot on your team gives you a suicide pass but when you get to the bench you get into trouble for turning the puck over? rage-inducing..). That being said, I can't imagine how annoying it must be to the people who were looking forward to those modes. Even though I'm probably still going to buy it, I'm definitely waiting for reviews first. 

eablows
eablows

i hope EA suffers huge losess' ive been dedicated ffan all the way back too NHL 96, Defanitly will not be purchasing this half completed game, anyone who does is a straight sucker, thanks ea bitter sweet for me ya pricks, i voted 3000 time to get my fav player on the cover even

rbk9105
rbk9105

Its sad to think that the #1 most important contributing factor to make NHL15 what it is today (the consumer), were left on the back burner this year. Us as consumers need to take a stand. Spending 69.99 for a 50% completed (IMO) game is absolutley a slap in the face. I wouldn't even consider buying this series again until our voices are heard. Letting the consumer know last minute about game modes is ridiculous. EA knew they would be in hot water when they decided to omit the top played game modes, but instead of giving us a heads up, they waited until half of us pre-ordered the game in full. WHAT. A JOKE. 

hecky29
hecky29

So let's see how smart EA is. I didn't purchase an NHL game since about 2006, I just lost interest. Well when 2013 came out, a buddy of mine talked me into buying NHL 13. He introduced me to EASHL, we had other players on our team, I thought it was the best thing ever. NHL then became my #1 game over Madden (which I still love), and Battlefield (which I also love still). I did not purchase NHL 14 because I figured it would be well worth the wait if I just waited for it to come out on next gen. WOW WAS I WRONG!!!  NHL will now be on my  do not care for list until EASHL is put back on! I know at least 10 other people who also will not be purchasing this due to the absence of EASHL.  But don't worry everyone, they still have HUT, which I never cared for, but I know there are others who like it, which is fine.  But why do you think they kept HUT and almost no other online feature?  HUT is a feature that constantly has people dumping more and more money into it.  Gee, maybe that's why they kept that game mode! It's ridiculous and unfair. But good job on losing lots of customers. We purchased next gen, and get punished? That makes no sense. 

Dave1927p
Dave1927p

this is great, now they can add it back again next year and claim how it's "all-new"...

immortalz123
immortalz123

its funny that eashl isn't in the game but they conveniently had time to still have ultimate hockey team where you can spend more money on packs just like their ultimate edition had.

alundith04
alundith04

Good job EA, if your goal was to lose thousands of fans by eliminating one of the key components of a great franchise, then you have succeeded. I think I can speak for many fans that I will not even consider looking at this game until the EASHL mode is reintroduced into the newer gen consoles.

eablows
eablows

lol wow, great descison ea, no body buy either version of this game, they probley have differnt games modes on diff consoles just to screw us all into buyin it twice or some ish, DO NOT FALL FOR IT PEOPLE, WE NEED A CHANGE, LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD, try to demo and never play it again so they kno they wasted there time, all a dirty marketing scheme, to steal our money for a unfinished product

mcnugget711
mcnugget711

One thing I am hoping here is that EA is taking another year to REALLY revamp the team creation mode which is needed for the EASHL.  Logo creator, tons of templates for uniforms, and the ability to deck out your arena with your custom team logo/color scheme.  Hopefully they don't just port over the old creator mode.

dingdongding
dingdongding

Luckily for me I play GM mode like 95 % of the time Be a Pro the other 5 % of the time , so no loss for me .

Torres_
Torres_

They tell this NOW!? So it's new graphics in exchange for GM Connected and EASHL.. I know for a fact that the gameplay hasn't changed that much. "Real puck physics" etc. are just big words for minor updates. It's just another season update but with less content this time. Thanks EA. Only you know how to really underestimate your customers. Bravo.


NHL 2K16, pretty please!!

clugaman
clugaman

Honestly Be a Pro and GM mode is all you really need, and with OTP coming at a later date, I don't really see that as a problem. I never played EASHL or GM connected (Although I do like the idea of GM connected) and c'mon, if I wanted to play NHL 94 I'd just buy the game.

spectreSE7EN
spectreSE7EN

I LOVE the NHL series and was so excited for this  year to play it on next gen (or I guess current gen now).  EASHL and GM connected are my favorite modes to play with friends and we look forward to it each year.  This really sucks and it will affect my decision to buy this year.  Look I get it...they want quality and don't want to rush features just to have them.  But in all honesty they should either charge much less for the XB1 and PS4 version or they shouldn't put it out at all.  


With NHL, I'm more about the online experience and if it isn't there, it really isn't worth it to me.  I'll be buying this for my 360 I guess.  I'll take the social interaction and fun online features over a pretty looking game any day.  Better luck next year EA.  

fuhhgetaboutit
fuhhgetaboutit

Here's my rant. I have bought the new Nhl games EVERY year for the last 15 years...thanks to the combination of not releasing the game with one of the most popular modes and telling the fans 2 weeks before release has unfortunately led me to a decision I haven't had to make in 10 years but I will not be getting NHL 15...I was so excited for this game (to this second it's still preordered and paid in full) and feel insulted that this is the first mention of such a HUGE FEATURE. No exaggeration, I felt less pain and disappointment when I ended my 2 Year relationship. I will not forget this and hope another company releases a NHL series because I am greatly insulted at this debacle.

Terminator95
Terminator95

OH no ! NHL 94 isn't in it ! you telling me I can't play a game that is 21 years old on my PS4! On a serious note not having Online team play mode ready is a major blow.

matthias2k1
matthias2k1

Seriously, they couldn't include NHL '94?  That's pretty pathetic, it's not like that old game would take up that much space on a next gen game disc.  smh

leigham
leigham

K honestly ladies and gentleman, only the NHL nerds sit at home and play EASHL, making their jerseys, looking for virtual friends in OTP to join their team, or even play with their buds on a squad...usually against CPU players sometimes anyways, rarely 6v6, except for the true EASHL beer leaguers. 


But the real, real life hockey players jump into some OTP and play a quick game, just like playing a quick game of online versus -- Plus OTP players never like a game that isn't 6v6, so it's not that bad, nothing to cry about, especially for me who loves playing 6v6 -- so them adding it a bit later as a free update is cool, but kinda weak because they had 2 years to do this. 


But the one thing that bothers me is no GM Connected (my dream since NHL 12) -- That just makes no sense -- But you know what ladies and gentleman. There has only been 10 million PS4's sold, factor in those 10 million PS4 owners that are NHL fans and EA might not make their buck back with those extra running servers...etc. So from a profits standpoint, it makes complete sense -- but from a gamers standpoint it's devastating. My controllers are so worn out I don't wanna buy a new PS3 controller for $60 fuckin dollars. So they better get that patch in so I can buy a PS4 one and use it on my PS3 because I was planning on getting a PS4 for NHL 15 and Destiny baby!

krooz1000
krooz1000

lmaooooo are you serious EA no EASHL only reason I played NHL EA WHATA JOKE!...SMH

Lytnin
Lytnin

Didn't play any of those modes anyway.


Arda_Daghan212
Arda_Daghan212

I'll still get the game if the goalie mode is improved a lot, but I am very bummed out about the no "Live the Life" mode. I don't play online with this game so no EASHL isn't a very bad thing for me, but if I can't be the best goalie as easy as I can be the best player, then I don't think I'll buy the game at full retail price. I do appreciate the challenge most of the time, by the way, guys. But sometimes I look for a chill time playing goalie but that doesn't usually happen so, just want to be able to stop pucks easier than what it was with the previous NHL games. Still fun, of course, but I do really want this.

jagdedge124
jagdedge124

What a disaster. That's the WHOLE GAME for many people. I'm glad i never went to next gen, but even so, no Demo for Madden and now this.

It's like going into a store you been going to for years and now finding the shelves scarcely stocked, and a week later you find a huge "For Sale" sign and the place out of business.

The sands of time for EA are running low.

mr_azim
mr_azim

Well this is BS...... how can they charge $69.99 for this????

kezz12345678
kezz12345678

for only $60, you can get less modes, some shinier ice (that you will barely ever look at), some nicer crowds (Which you will look at once or twice), some jerseys that fly in the wind like the USA flag, some commentator that really couldnt care less, and the same old mediocre gameplay that consists of no defensive tools, skating up the ice turning left shooting right all game.  what a deal!  anyone who pays for this is just an absolute moron, im sorry to say.

angelshock
angelshock

Honestly the biggest mistake EA could make... They got rid of all the fun modes in this game. Id say a minority of players in the NHL community play Online versus Play, the rest play EASHL or GM Connected Online and Offline Live the Life/Be a GM... The thing that really pisses me off is that I haven't read anything about Hockey Ultimate Team being removed or not added to the game, so why prioritize a fantasy league bullshit game mode over the better game modes that mostly all people play. One thing I can guarantee is that, if EA doesn't some how fix this, my NHL game series will be NHL 11,12,13,14,16... At least until EASHL comes out.

Vodoo
Vodoo

Well, NHL is one of the best sports games that EA makes, if not thee best. This game has always been very high quality and I rather it stay like that, as opposed to a lot of features but mediocre quality. Then it would be Madden.

ccgod
ccgod

wow no live the life mode good thing i read that before i bought it

geralsmith0286
geralsmith0286

Don't worry guys...The features will be dlc...yay -_-

k9kal85
k9kal85

Wow, lame. Guess I am getting this on 360. 

Blamethehealer
Blamethehealer

In a Q A after the news on EA forums, they said they were lucky to get 1v1 in more or less. They let the community find out with retail leaks and only revealed the modes after mass panic. They even cancelled the twitch stream which I'm positive to be was due to he chat being aflame.

I'm so bummed, it sucks. I'll buy it on last GEN for these modes and hope it comes back. I thought about not buying but I don't want NHL to go the way of fight night.

straightcur
straightcur

so, will it be cheaper since it is a lesser game?

Skele7or
Skele7or

No EASHL, no buy. Simple. 

Blamethehealer
Blamethehealer

There isn't even seasons mode now, man. It keeps getting worse.

eablows
eablows

i can count about 8 people who i play NHL with regularley who arnt buying this game because of this, you suck EA!!

devgoo
devgoo

@dingdongding well in GM mode on the XB1 and PS4, you will not be able to draft players on your own. The computer automatically does it for you. same with be a pro, you will not be able to play a junior career and be drafted based upon how well you do, you are randomly drafted by the computer.

jose_consuela
jose_consuela

@dingdongding correct me if im wrong but didnt the article just say that ps4/xbox one versions wouldn't have that gm mode. I dont play hockey games so I dont care about any of this. Just reading the article.

tonsil_hockey
tonsil_hockey

@fuhhgetaboutit not only will you not be buying the game, but myself and others I play eashl with online will not be buying the game. Who knows how far this rabbit hole goes EA... you screwed up releasing a game that is not finished.

tonsil_hockey
tonsil_hockey

@leigham The fact they are going to release an unfinished game and still charge 75$ for it is wrong. Rockstar did it with GTA V and their been nothing but problems with it since.

smitty519
smitty519

@leigham LMFAO compairing OTP with club. OTP is a bunch of scrubs skating around in circles hogging the puck and goalies that constantly quit or just plain leave the net. However ,I guess if you don't have friends to play club with OTP is the next best option. 

eablows
eablows

@Blamethehealer dont buy it al all. having these modes on diff consoles is all part of there marketing plans


hecky29
hecky29

@Skele7or <---- This guy has simplified the voices of probably half of the consumers! 

dingdongding
dingdongding

@devgoo @dingdongding 

Yes that is true about the draft, however they did mention they were making a new draft that was going to be added to the game .