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EA announces features for NHL 12 as 2K Sports silently kills the NHL 2K series

Posted by: Chuck at 5/26/2011 10:52 PM
We brought you the first screenshot from NHL 12 earlier this week and now we bring you the list of new features we'll see in the game this year.  As you might guess from the screenshot, goalies are now fair game and you can run them, get in their face, and even have goalie fights in this year's version.  I'm not necessarily sure that big selling point but when you've about perfected the genre it's sometimes hard to come up with big ticket improvements.  The goalies will also get some adjustments to their AI to accommodate the new rules. 

This year's version will also feature tweaks to the Be a Pro mode which will now adjust your playing time by how well you play (which makes sense).  There are also some tweaks to the physics engine, the addition of the NHL Winter Classic game at Heinz Field, and a bunch of other minor tweaks and fixes.  I booked my appointment to see the game at E3 today so expect more info by the end of E3 week.

It's also worth noting that 2K Sports will not be producing any kind of NHL game this year according to an interview with Kotaku and it looks like this is the end for the venerable franchise which started strong but went out with a whimper.  Let's all pour out a 40 of unfrozen rink water for the franchise and hope that EA Sports doesn't let up without any competition.



EA SPORTS UNVEILS NEW FEATURES FOR NHL 12

Award-winning Franchise Invites You to Be the Next Great Legend



REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – May 24, 2011 – With the Stanley Cup® Playoffs heating up, Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) is getting in on the action with the announcement of new features for EA SPORTS™ NHL® 12, shipping on September 9th in Europe and September 13th in North America. Play your way to superstardom in the revamped Be a Pro mode and experience the authentic action and energy of real life hockey with the Full Contact Physics Engine.



In the revamped Be a Pro mode, experience the pursuit of greatness and legendary moments in your playing career, shatter historic records and cement yourself in NHL history. Additionally, the better you play, the more ice time you’ll get where you can simulate to your next shift with the EA SPORTS Action Tracker so you’re always on the ice as you play out your entire career in pursuit of the Stanley Cup.



The NHL 12 Full Contact Physics Engine puts you in the rink with everything now live on the ice, from players to the environment - everything is interactive and in play. Experience the skill and aggression of hockey from shattered glass to flying helmets to knocking players over the boards and into the bench; crash the crease too hard and you’ll knock the net off and send the goalie flying. Size and physicality will be emphasized as bigger players will be able to throw their weight around as they screen the goalie and battle in front of the net.



This year marks the first time players will face dynamic goalies in the game. Players can knock the net off and make contact with goalies, knocking them down or out of position, as they crash the crease. Watch as goalies battle through screens to make awe-inspiring saves. Additionally, we’re reigniting the beloved fighting engine that first appeared in NHL 10 with all-new goalie battles. When the action gets heated, send a message by leaving the net, dropping the gloves, and trading punches with rivals during fights.



All new gameplay presentation creates an authentic, fresh new look and feel throughout NHL 12 with presentation graphics that mimic real life hockey broadcasts. For the first time ever lace up outdoors under the lights in one of the biggest hockey events of the season, the 2011 NHL Winter Classic® at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, within seconds of putting in the disc. Inspired by the NHL GameCenter Ice Tracker, the all-new EA SPORTS Action Tracker presents game highlights and key moments so you never miss a beat.

This is just a sneak peek of what’s to come in EA SPORTS NHL 12. Stay tuned in the coming months for more news on the franchise as well as the EA SPORTS Hockey League and Hockey Ultimate Team. To get in on the action now visit www.easports.com/nhl to pre-order your copy of NHL 12.



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