NHL 15 for Xbox One/PS4 Takes Player Models To The Next Level

EA Sports releases developer diary video showing off the improvements made to character models in this year's pro hockey game.

EA Sports has already talked about the improvements it's making to character models for NHL 15, but now the developer is showing us exactly what that looks like. A new video released this week shows off how EA Sports leveraged the power of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 to make player models look more believable than ever before.

It all starts with layered player models; in addition to the body, all player models now have individual pieces of equipment under their jerseys that react to what's happening on the ice in real time. The third layer is the jersey itself, which can now contour to the specific player's body size and react in an authentic manner when it comes into contact with the puck.

Watch the video above to see this in motion; it's pretty impressive.

The new NHL 15 video also reveals that players' faces will change depending on what happens on the ice; you'll see them grimace when taking a heavy hit or smile when scoring a goal. Another new feature for NHL 15 is user-controlled celebrations, which will let you choose between a series of options, including embracing your teammates in a hug or skating around the glass to encourage the crowd to go wild.

"When it comes to the players in NHL 15, we have literally changed everything," producer Sean Ramjagsingh says in the video.

The video you see above is for the Xbox One and PS4 versions of NHL 15. The versions of the game for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 will not be quite as impressive. NHL 15 is developed by EA Canada and launches September 9 across all platforms.

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chris_doran
chris_doran

Got the demo for the PS4 yesterday. Great game! A little laggy but the gameplay is great. The AI, much smarter and tougher. I also noticed the goalies are smarter as well. Everything in the demo is just incredible. Lundqvist has his legit mask from last season (Has a new one for the upcoming season), player's faces have been updated... well most of them, EA will probably have an update for the rest of them on the release day. If you guys haven't gotten the demo yet go get and see for yourselves that this game is huge upgrade from NHL 14. 

epicnacho5
epicnacho5

Never mind about fancy shirt graphics or player's faces, why can EA not even include correct goalie mask designs? Actually, on that note; how about including a goalie mask design tool in the creation centre allowing users to create their own unique custom goalie masks? Now that would be cool! They could also include a way for users to post their designs online to compare and comment...

I would also like to see the commentary team change depending on which arena each fixture is taking place at.

snopkongen
snopkongen

It does come a demo, so you can test the game before spending money on it!

Irish916
Irish916

Does this mean the water bottles will actually have water in them?  This franchise is notorious for dropping game features when moving between platforms (see NHL when it moved to the PS3/XBOX 360)  It took EA 6 years or more to re-add some of the missing features that were found in the previous versions.  Let's keep our fingers crossed this game comes to the next gen consoles with all the features it had in NHL 14.  If we're starting all over again from the bottom, I just might walk away.  

Stepn2myworld
Stepn2myworld

Hyping graphics instead of gameplay is the only red flag needed.

nintendians
nintendians

if only the jersey sleeve on madden game act like that.

tonytones21
tonytones21

Love how the dude's shirt is just glitching at 00:37.

BigBossWato
BigBossWato

So for the past several year we have been playing as the Michelin man!

kezz12345678
kezz12345678

If you followed any of this game it recaps like this: 

-Full price game which consist of minor updates each year. Not even worthy of a expansion price tag

-Full price game WITH Free to Play type microtransaction everywhere. 

-Full price game WITH ads everywhere in game. 

No after sales support. 1 patch MAX per year. 

Devs ignore users and dont post on forums. Mods for said forums are bullying and mocking those with complaints and banning them or locking / deleting their posts. 


Its THE absolute worst company (or sub section of the company) that you can imagine in every sense of the word.


Trust me, just dont buy it...wait 3 days to get it used if you are really addicted but dont give them 1 penny for this pile of crap.

dysonlu
dysonlu

Another year, another typical EA Sports game update to milk fans:  the easy-way-out graphics/model update.  And it still doesn't look that good.


Same crappy gameplay and AI, I'm sure.

tommynj
tommynj

Just give us the game already! :)

Whiskey3romeo
Whiskey3romeo

Cool.  Another steaming pile of EA Sports doo doo that concentrates on player models and animations instead of gameplay.  I can't wait to not buy it.

coop36
coop36

Huh, so it is indeed coming to last gen consoles too. Wonder if they will be gutted compared to the 'next gen' versions?

Bazongaman502
Bazongaman502

Never really was a fan of NHL games... But this... This has my eye.

kindlewithcare
kindlewithcare

I wouldn't mind them taking a year off to make it a truly next gen experience. The last time sports games went to the next gen, they were quite terrible.

xxdazzed
xxdazzed

september 9 Finally I can put my 360 away!!!!

cbxero
cbxero

"Our new jerseys are AWESOME!"


Karlsson's stomach at 0:36 though. Looks like the Venom suit from Spiderman coming to life. Might be corrected by NHL 18.

whynotdairy
whynotdairy

WOW! I'm surprised to see no one crying about the lack of girls in the game!

marcus5546
marcus5546

Focus more on gameplay and add a little soul to your games. I should feel like a badass when I play your game. Remember it is a game.

youre_a_sheep
youre_a_sheep

Just tell me what aspect they will break this year so they can fix it next year.  I still haven't forgotten 09's mess where faceoffs were near impossible to win for no discernible reason.

jagdedge124
jagdedge124

Whatever "changes" EA is making to this game PLEASE make those "changes" on next gen ONLY. STAY AWAY from my 360. This company can screw up a simple cup a coffee. Whenever they "change" things the game becomes awfully unplayably BAD. Needless to say, this will NOT be a day one purchase for me until i research all the damage they've done to it.

Bleak5170
Bleak5170

I don't care how a freakin' jersey moves. Give me more than a half dozen real player faces per team and I'll be impressed. Tired of seeing 10+ year vets with generic facial models.

edussz
edussz

I am really looking forward for this tittle... But I think this first EA Sport's next gen will be buggy as hell... As was UFC...
Too much has change, and all this dynamic is being rushed in games... 

griffbryden1717
griffbryden1717

@epicnacho5 If EA added "correct" goalie masks the artist who design the masks could sue EA for using their artwork.

CrashOV
CrashOV

@Stepn2myworld This sadly is another problem that's going to be the "next gen". just updating graphics instead of game play. Better hardware and more possibilities and they are going to just use it for graphics. because lets face it. what does game play matter as long as we can make it shiny.

Irish916
Irish916

@kezz12345678 That's EA for ya!  As guilty as they are with NHL, Madden is exponentially worse.  Talk about the exact same game for the last 10 years- I'll never understand it.  Good advise on picking up a used copy! 

BigBossWato
BigBossWato

@kezz12345678 You obviously have not been following this game for long because if you have they are completely overhauling the game, I will agree that previous installment where changed slightly and that titles after this one will not improve very much but there are a whole host of changes to this installment, from the real puck physics, player models, to AI, you are just here to bash the game for no other reason then out of boredom so please go take your lame ideology somewhere else. 

BigBossWato
BigBossWato

@dysonlu The only good game EA sport make are there NHL games (NHL 14 was a blast) but everything else they is pretty much garbage. 

Irish916
Irish916

@coop36 Normally it's the next gen title that get's gutted.  At least that has been the recent history with the move to Xbox 360 and PS3.  Visually, there will be new features.  I wouldn't be surprised if some of the game modes were dropped in the next gen. We'll see. 

gregfluri
gregfluri

@kindlewithcare They technically did skip a year with this game.  The reason they didn't release NHL last year on next gen for NHL 14 was because they had a team working full time on this version of the game.  This is more or less a last straw for EA Canada to make an NHL game that people don't completely hate.  I'm sure if they screw up again we will see NHL going to the US soon for development.

Deniss99
Deniss99

@cbxero true. Hopefully we see the next NHL going to US for development. This EA CanadEH team sucks donkey crock.

BigBossWato
BigBossWato

Actually every nhl game come with every league and that includes the WHL, So there actually are women in this game.

BigBossWato
BigBossWato

They have already started that they will have real player face, and authentic arenas as well.

Bleak5170
Bleak5170

@BigBossWato 

For everyone, (excluding rookies of course)?  I think last year most teams had around 6-7 players with real faces.