NHL 19 is launching on September 14th for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in three different versions with two new cover athletes and a host of new modes and features.
Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban will grace the cover of the standard edition, while both the legend and ultimate editions will feature all-time best Wayne Gretzky.
NHL 19 is finally letting players play on literal ponds with two new online game modes. Falling under the new “World of CHEL” banner, which encompasses all online multiplayer modes now, NHL Pro-Am and NHL Ones are debuting in this year’s EA Vancouver–developed hockey sim. NHL Pro-Am seems like a standard practice mode, but NHL Ones could prove to be as popular as last year’s newcomer, NHL Threes (which is back in NHL 19, as are EASHL and HUT).
Stripping the game of stoppages and rules, NHL Ones will let players take their created characters to the online pond rink in an intense free-for-all, one-on-one-on-one match-up. It might not be as big of a hit as NHL Threes, which still let friends play on the same team online, but it sounds like a unique way to show off your skills and your character.
Speaking of, NHL 19 is introducing 900 new cosmetic items like hoodies, jackets, parkas, and more to deck out your player. The game is also introducing new playstyle classes and player traits, adding a little more variety for NHL Ones.
In addition to these new modes and features, NHL 19 is promising to advance maneuvering and acceleration with Real Player Motion tech. Players will now be better able to accelerate with edgework and crossovers, giving them more ways to more quickly get back into the action. Unfortunately, there’s no word yet whether NHL 19 fixes its predecessor’s completely overpowered poke check.
If that’s not enough, NHL 19 is also debuting Hero Teams. These legendary rosters will consist of each team’s best players, past and present, and will seemingly be available in single-player and multiplayer modes, though we’re not sure if there will be a separate mode for them online.
Preordering the legend or ultimate editions will give you three-day early access to the game, as well as a bunch of HUT packs, special items, and a hockey bag for your custom character. Players who owned previous years’ iterations all the way back to NHL 16 will also receive unique items as well.
Source: EA Sports