During the 2017 NHL Awards, EA Sports released a healthy amount of info on NHL 18. It starts with the cover athlete, the Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid. The 20-year-old star just finished his second season in the NHL and he tallied 100 points in 82 games. McDavid also won the Ted Lindsay Award Wednesday for the NHL's most outstanding player.
As great of a year as he'd had, the best in yet to come for him. EA Sports is demonstrating a commitment to this young stars of their league with this selection, and their overall packaging this season.
"I have played EA Sports NHL every year because I was a kid. To look on the cap, something that has been done formerly by so many players whom I admire and respect, is quite exciting. I can't wait to play NHL 18."
The launch date is now September 15 and NHL 18 will be available for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Fans that pre-order one of the particular editions of the game will acquire access to September 12. The special editions Will Be the Young Stars and Young Stars Deluxe. Both editions provide additional content which gives a nod to the up-and-coming celebrities from the league, which clearly includes McDavid.
Both editions will incorporate a McDavid Rookie HUT item, party, and a custom made HUT jersey made by adidas and the cover athlete. The Young Stars Edition also features 20 Gold Plus Packs to Hockey Ultimate Team along with a Rookie HUT Object from a team of the player's choice.
Xbox owners who subscribe to EA Accessibility can play the full game even earlier. The customary 10-hour preview will start on September 7th. Before the retail versions can be found, a public beta trial will be available starting on July 25. It's possible to register for the beta here.
This year's edition will present a new style and a new wrinkle to franchise manner that's aligned with the actual NHL. The new style is named NHL Threes. It's a new 3-on-3 game made to enable more fast-paced, exciting, exciting arcade-like gameplay.
"There is a huge shift from the game of hockey at the moment, where a new generation of young gamers are attracting more pace, ability and creativity to the game than we have ever seen," said Sean Ramjagsingh, Direct Producer. "NHL 18 is all about capturing everything that's good about the new NHL. Creative Attack controls allow our players show off all of the ability and highlight-reel moves that they can imagine, whilst NHL Threes brings the excitement and speed of 3-on-3 hockey into the sport"
In franchise mode, you'll have the opportunity to take control of the NHL's newest team, the Vegas Golden Knights, or create and draft your own extension team.
The beta version of the game will likely comprise NHL Threes, EA Sports Hockey League, and Online Vs. Usually, betas continue for about a week, however there wasn't any indication of the span of this plan from the initial press release provided from EA Sports.
NHL has been among the most consistent sports series for a decade, but the release date puts it head to go with NBA 2K18, Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 and another EA product, FIFA 18. It's also likely EA Sports' NBA Live 18 could release the identical month.
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