Hockey fans without an Xbox One or PlayStation 4 won’t be able to pick up the full-featured new release in EA Sports’ NHL franchise this fall, but they are getting something to help tide them over until they make the leap to a new console.
Called NHL Legacy Edition, the game is functionally a roster update on a disc, compiling many of the familiar game modes from the last generation of hockey on what appears to be an unimproved gameplay engine. Apart from the new player lineups and schedules, it doesn’t sound like Legacy Edition will feature any content players haven’t already seen, but it’s at least offering a decent selection of popular features from the past.
In addition to obvious inclusions like single-player seasons, exhibition matches, and online play, the official site lists the modes Be a Pro, Be a GM, and Connected GM, the last of which won’t be appearing in NHL 16 at all. At least last-generation players can take some small comfort in knowing they’ve still got at least one win over the new guys. Eight leagues?the NHL, AHL, CHL, Liiga, SHL, DEL, Extraliga ledniho hokeje, and National League?will be included on the disc, which are, again, nothing new for the franchise, but at least not a huge step backwards.
Pricing details have not yet been announced, but it’s entirely possible EA Sports might make it a budget title to compensate for its lack of novelty. At the very least, you have to give them some credit for not just slapping the NHL 16 name on a game that was functionally an untouched roster update, which wouldn’t have been unimaginable for the company to have attempted a few years back.
NHL Legacy Edition is scheduled to launch on Xbox 360 and PS3 this September.