EA is planning to update the new-gen version of the game with further modes, although notable exclusion, EA Sports Hockey League, or EASHL, for short, will still be absent.
However, this month will see the addition of Playoff Mode for NHL 15 on Xbox One and PS4, as well as updates to Be A Pro, Hockey Ultimate Team and more, including the inclusion of 3 Stars of the Game and Online Team Play in October.
"We’re committed to keeping the experience fresh throughout the hockey season, in addition to the roster and ratings updates you’ve always received, the list below contains the free content updates for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 we’re working on and our expected window on when you will see them in the game," EA Sports' Community Manager writes on the EA Forums.
Here's a rundown of what's coming to NHL 15 on Xbox One and PS4 in the coming weeks:
Playoff Mode - Create a custom offline tournament bracket with up to 16 teams from any of the 12 leagues in the game. Play or simulate each game and track player and team stats throughout the tournament.
Be A Pro - Coach Feedback - Get the coach’s feedback while you are on the bench. The coach will give you tips on how to stay on top of your game and grade you on your play.
3 Stars of the Game - At the end of the game, see the three stars and their high level stats. Will apply to every game mode.
Hockey Ultimate Team - Several content updates, including:
Changed layout and navigation in HUT store
New animations for player items
Improved edit lines screen to better identify players that are injured or require contract extensions
Online Team Play - Online multiplayer mode where every player on the ice can be human controlled.
GM Draft - For the first time in the NHL franchise, you will be put on the clock and feel the pressure like real NHL GM’s. You will now only have 3 minutes to make a draft pick. If the pressure is too much, you can also call timeouts to extend the amount of time you have to make a draft pick or potentially negotiate a trade. You can make trades at any time during the draft. The CPU will also propose trades to each other and the user throughout the draft.
In response to a lengthy list of features that gamers discovered were missing from NHL 15 thanks to the EA Access trial period, EA Sports was quick to address the situation with a promise of post-launch content updates to replace some of those missing features. The first of these updates is now available to download, which returns a handful of those missing features to the game.
Hockey Ultimate Team has received a variety of basic functionality updates, including updated layouts and improved navigation. The Edit Lines screen now better identifies players who are hurt or those who require contract extensions. Player items also have new animations.
All of these updates are available in the content update, which is available right now for free. Features that are scheduled to be patched in the future include Online Team Play and a new GM Rookie Draft system for Be a GM mode.
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