Hockey Ultimate Team getting single-player seasons.
EA Sports Hockey League will make its return with NHL 16. According to EA, it looked to its hockey franchise’s biggest fans to shape the next version of the game.
“Their most requested features and modes are in NHL 16,” EA said, adding that it’s also added new experiences that make the game “bigger and better.” One such addition is single-player, offline season play in Hockey Ultimate Team mode.
Be a GM mode now allows for managing the morale of individual players on the roster, and Be a Pro sees the return of sim to the next shift, first introduced in NHL 12. It also sees the ability to start a career in the minors and a new progression system where “how you play on the ice shapes who you become in the NHL.”
It’s apparent that EA is working toward undoing some of the negativity from long-time series fans that came with the current generation versions of NHL 15. Many key features fans had grown accustomed to were missing from NHL 15, including EASHL.
The missing features in last year’s game were attributed to quality control, with EA citing a lack of confidence in the mode’s quality. “We’re a franchise built on quality,” EA Sports producer Sean Ramjagsingh wrote on EA’s website last year.
NHL 16 is slated for a September release.
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