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NHL 15 cover vote is live - what's new in this game?

EA Sports' cover vote for NHL 15 is live and will be between eight players, with the winner being announced at the NHL Awards in June. The company also teased some of the new features coming to the next-gen version of the game.
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The Hockey News

We’re still months away from the release of EA Sports’ NHL 15, but today kicked off this year’s cover vote, which will be between eight players.

But first, we also got some information on the game. Yes, it will be released for the now old Xbox 360 and PS3, but it will of course also be available for the next gen systems Xbox ONE and PS4. What are some of the new features, you ask? Here’s the info EA has released so far pertaining to the next gen consoles. What am I most excited for? How about Doc Emrick and Eddie Olczyk in the broadcast booth with Ray Ferraro between the benches?

From EA:

12 Player NHL Collision Physics

Feel the hard-hitting chaos of NHL hockey.

For the first time in any sports game, real-world physics affects every player through every on-ice collision with the new 12 Player NHL Collision Physics. Utilizing the power of the next generation consoles, and building off the critically-acclaimed NHL Collision Physics system, every player on the ice is governed by physics at all times. Feel the hard-hitting chaos of NHL hockey through true-to-life secondary collisions, net scrambles and player pileups, capturing the desperation of every shift.

Real Puck Physics

The most unpredictable object in all of sports will authentically react to everything on the ice surface.

The puck is one of the most complex items in the game to authentically replicate and it finally gets its due in NHL 15. Completely rebuilt puck physics result in a more realistic feel to every puck interaction. Everything on the ice, including the ice surface itself, is live which leads to the unpredictable and authentic puck spins, rolls and bounces seen in a real NHL game.

Authentic Player & Equipment Models

The Next Generation Hockey Player has been rebuilt from the ice up.

The Next Generation Hockey Player has been rebuilt from the ice up. Now player models have three distinct layers - the body, equipment, and jersey. Each layer interacts independently, making every contact with the puck or other players even more realistic. Dynamic Cloth technology adds an added layer of realism as it reacts to the player’s movement as they explode up the ice, helping bring the speed of the game to life.

Unprecedented Player Likeness

The most realistic looking hockey players in a video game, ever.

Powered by the same technology that brought the most realistic representation of the athlete to EA SPORTS UFC, NHL 15 delivers groundbreaking player likeness, emotion and animation. From the strides a player takes to get up the ice to the emotion on their face after scoring a game winning goal, the players are as real as they’ve ever been.

Superstar Skill Stick

When the puck hits your stick, you are going to feel what it’s like to be an NHL superstar.

Now all the tools of an NHL superstar are in your hands. The revolutionary Skill Stick has evolved to give even more control to the player. Protect the puck, receive passes without breaking stride, and discover an arsenal of sweet new dekes, all with an intuitive right stick control scheme that is easy to use but packed with depth.

Unrivaled In-Arena Experience

Featuring an all-new commentary team, authentic arenas and living crowds, NHL 15 gives you the best seats in the house.

NHL 15 15 welcomes the NBC Sports commentary team of Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick and Eddie Olczyk to the broadcast booth. TSN analyst Ray Ferraro will provide game insights at ice level. NHL 15 will feature real-world pre-game video commentary with Doc and Eddie set within in-game authentic arenas. A new standard in videogames has been set, with over 9,000 individual crowd models with 4x the animations of previous generations. Individual behaviors are mapped to each person in the crowd, as they anticipate the play, taunt players, clap to music from the dynamic Jumbotron or even take a quick break from the action to snap a selfie and immortalize their experience.

Vision A.I.

The next-generation of player intelligence.

An elevated level of player intelligence, Vision AI features evolved awareness with players reading and reacting to potential plays, scoring area recognition, pass anticipation, and enhanced team breakouts that improve the flow of the game.

This year's cover vote will have three rounds. Round 1 features Phil Kessel vs. P.K. Subban, Patrice Bergeron vs. Erik Karlsson, Logan Couture vs. Drew Doughty and Matt Duchene vs. T.J. Oshie. Voting for this round will run from May 5-18, Round 2 will run May 19-25 and the final vote will take place May 26-June 1. You can vote here.

The winner will be announced at the NHL Awards.

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