NHL 15 will be missing some features on Xbox One and PS4

If you're a fan of the National Hockey League, we've got some bad news.


NHL 15 is just weeks away from hitting the boards on both current and previous consoles, but if you're going after the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions of the game, you may notice a couple of things are missing.

EA Sports has confirmed that the popular Hockey League mode won't be present and accounted for in the new game, although Xbox 360 and PS3 owners will still be able to play it in full.    

When it came down to it, EA Sports producer Sean Ramjagsingh explained it was a quality issue. "As a franchise, we're 100 percent committed to the EA Sports Hockey League," he said, speaking on the EA Sports blog. "We're a franchise built on quality." That still doesn't quite explain why it's missing, but here's hoping we see it make a comeback next year.

Meanwhile, Online Team Play mode will also be missing once the game launches, but EA Sports intends to include that as a future update for it down the road, although a specific date wasn't given.

That leaves such modes as Play Now, Be a Pro, Be a GM, Online Versus, Hockey Ultimate Team and NHL Moments Live to be included in all versions of NHL 15. Will that be enough to make you buy the game, though?

NHL 15 releases on September 9th for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.

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    August 20, 2014 4:00 PM

    Robert Workman posted a new article, NHL 15 will be missing some features on Xbox One and PS4.

    If you're a fan of the National Hockey League, we've got some bad news.

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      August 20, 2014 4:09 PM

      LOL Why don't Xbox One and PS4 have these features?

      Answer paraphrased: Because we believe in quality and we are incapable of quality.

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        August 20, 2014 6:07 PM

        Game production consists in large part of managing three competing interests: time, quality, and scope. The cliché is "choose two." Annualized sports titles often don't have a choice regarding time; they must meet a date dictated by the start of the associated sports season. At that point you can either reduce project scope or sacrifice the quality of an expanded feature set (if you think that is a false dichotomy please google Million Man Month and remember that games are as much software as they are entertainment products). As someone who makes games for a living, I argue for reducing scope almost every time.

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          August 20, 2014 6:35 PM

          fine by me honestly. I think game development is getting way out of hand. Or, if we continue down this road, go ahead and up the charge for games to $80 or something to pay for these production values.

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          August 20, 2014 7:03 PM

          Mythical Man Month.

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          August 20, 2014 11:25 PM

          EA will have had access to the new consoles for at least 2 years now. It's not unreasonable to expect that in that amount of time they would be able to get the Xbox 1 and PS4 versions to feature parity with the 360 and PS3 versions.

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      August 20, 2014 5:25 PM

      They can't be 100% committed to the mode. Out of four consoles it's releasing on, it's on 50% of them.

      Side note: Is this EA's new thing? Instead of yearly minor rehashes it's yearly graphics updates with less features?

      First Sims 4 and now NHL 15.

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        August 20, 2014 6:06 PM

        I thought they reused everything possible every year for sll their sports games.

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          August 20, 2014 6:25 PM

          this will be the first one on the new hardware, so they have to create new assets. they will use these assets probably the the duration of the Ps4/Boner generation but this initial outing i guess is taking alot of effort for them.

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      August 20, 2014 6:50 PM

      This happens every time a new generation if consoles come out, oh well.

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      August 20, 2014 7:34 PM


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      August 20, 2014 7:54 PM

      So pretty much the best mode of NHL franchise doesn't make the cut...fucking retarded. They should have cut HUT or Moments

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      August 20, 2014 10:01 PM

      preorder cancelled!

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        August 21, 2014 8:56 AM

        I mean this legitimately too... This was the whole reason I was buying the game!
        (To play eashl with my friends online)

        thanks eabama!

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      August 20, 2014 10:33 PM

      I would really appreciate a copy of this game for my Vita, but that will never happen.


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      August 21, 2014 6:47 AM

      This will be like those fucking extra jerseys you unlock by code that took for fucking ever to be released

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      August 21, 2014 7:03 AM

      adding skates to the players will be a future DLC. right now, they wear sneakers and skid slowly on the ice.

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