NHL 17 Producer on the Possibility of the Series Coming Back to PC

2008's NHL 09 was the last game in the series to appear on PC.

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NHL hasn't appeared on PC in seven years, but the hockey series could return if enough fans want it. NHL 17 producer Sean Ramjagsingh told GameSpot that developer EA Canada considers a PC version every year.

"For us, it's continuing on a year-by-year basis to assess the opportunities," Ramjagsingh said. "If we were to make a PC version, how many people would be playing it on PC? How much would it cost to make a PC version? It's something that we look at every single year."

The last game in the series to get a PC version was NHL 09--it was also the last entry to appear on the PS2. Since then, EA's NHL franchise has been exclusive to console, and the studio doesn't currently have PC support in its plans.

"It's something we continue to look at because it's our goal to reach as many hockey fans as possible and if that means PC is a viable option, it's something we'll definitely look at," Ramjagsingh said.

NHL 17 releases for PS4 and Xbox One on September 13. It features a new Franchise mode, improved goalies, and much more customization. It's also the first time players can compete in the World Cup of Hockey.

EA Canada vice president Matt Bilbey and EA Tiburon vice president Cam Weber talked about what it would take to get EA Sports titles back on PC last month. Bilbey said it's "literally based on demand."

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When EA stopped making NHL for PC sales were dismal but they were also releasing a horrible port of an inferior version of the game (think what's currently happening with the PES port on Steam but twice as bad). NHL had been using a new engine with the skill stick on x360 since NHL 07. NHL 09 on PC was still using the PS2 engine with no skill stick. Also, PC sales were still very much dependent on physical sales, steam was not anywhere near as popular or developed as it is today and Origin did not even exist. PC gaming was not in a good spot at that point and was just slowly starting to build steam again (heh).

Today PC gaming is VASTLY different than it was 8 years ago. The fact that EA won't release any other sports titles through Origin is baffling. They built a gaming client for their games, half of EA IS EA sports, and they don't use it! Its practically a meme that people in the PC gaming community constantly ask for Skate. Even traditionally successful sports titles on PC like golf aren't released (albeit some mobile port of Tiger Woods but it was an abomination). Next year, now that EA is moving everything to Frostbite a port would be easier than ever and EA could easily test the waters with a digital only release on Origin.

I think if EA actually put 5% of effort and released competent ports of their current sports titles with feature parity they would see A LOT of traction on Origin. A gaming client that is currently dwarfed by Steam. Its like EA has the one thing that Steam doesn't have, licensed AAA sports titles (aside from NBA 2k and PES) but they refuse to use them.

I'd take a guess and say it's due to poor foresight, outdated business models and 0 pressure from stockholders to expand the market.

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This is BS they always say this but THE DEMAND HAS ALWAYS BEEN HIGH!!!

What is it piracy? Us being able to keep the rosters updated when you stop? Being able to mod in faces and uniforms you didn't include? Tell us the exact reason why you are being stubborn about this issue!

Times have changed EA we are not going to beg you for anything.... There is a boat load of franchises coming to PC that was once considered as console games. We will be just fine without your three sport titles (Madden,UFC, NHL).

Really wish it was illegal for companies to have complete control over licenses. Even though we get WWE 2k a few months after the console release. 2k still puts it on PC.

How about this include UFC, MADDEN and NHL in Orign Access only!!

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I'm going to deduct around $10 for every year it skipped PC... Oh would you look at that, I'll be paying you $0 for NHL17.

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**** off EA. Stop baiting the PC fanbase. You give zero shits about them anyways. All talk, zero action.

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And how exactly are they gauging the pc player base? How much would it cost?..... I dont know get a fucking estimate from a port company..... Are you fucking retarded?

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Just such a bullshit response. They literally make this statement every year. The reason sports games didnt sell is No controller support. Now you have steam and controllers with every pc gamer. Im seriously so fucking sick of hearing this bullshit, Just make the fucking port.

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EA, stop being stupid, and bring ALL your games to pc. The "demand" has been there for years, you guys are just LAZY.

Know why your sports games sold poorly on pc before? No X-input support, and Steam hadn't grown to the insane levels it's at now.

Just release all your sports titles on pc for one year, and see how it goes. You'll be surprised.

Seriously. Skate trilogy pc collection right now, and I'd buy it.

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EA need to bring all there sports games to pc. God i miss playing PGA, NFL and UFC, just because i dont game on a console anymore, doesnt mean i should miss out on all the sports game. If piracy is an issue, then why bring fifa, nfs, bf ect ect. Just bring sports back to pc EA for the love of god

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The PC version sucked every year, that's why it's gone.

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EA already knows there's a huge demand for all their title on PC. They're just affraid of piracy.

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Such a bullshit response. What would make it a viable option? How are they guaging interest in a PC version? I currently play the game on Xbox, but would love to play it on PC instead. I also know plenty of PC gamers that don't game on console, but would love to play a hockey game.

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