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Content Update #1 – NHL® 18

Posted September 19th at 5:00pm.

From Division Re-alignment in Franchise Mode to Penalty Shots in EASHL 3s, see all of the improvements made to NHL® 18 below!

Click here to see the full list of improvements made to NHL® 18.

CONTENT UPDATE #1 HIGHLIGHTS

GAMEPLAY

  • Added the ability to blend back into skating faster out of deking
  • Updates to allow the Defensive Skill Stick state to override hit intent if the hit hasn't started to be thrown yet.This allows players to be on and off RB/R1 without letting go of the right stick.
  • Added in variance of error to the new poke check system based on player control, direction from the players facing and relative speed of the puck. 
    • This means that a player is most accurate when skating in a controlled manner and poking a still puck in front of themselves and least accurate when poking against their momentum behind themselves at a fast-moving puck. 
    • Each of these factors are also tied to the player's attribute ratings.
  • Updated save logic to reduce issues that were causing the user goalie to make save attempts on pucks that were far from the net.
  • Various improvements made to goalies
    • Better precision when detecting puck position during saves for User goalies
    • Updated save logic to reduce issues that were causing the user goalie to make save attempts on pucks that were far from the net.

Click here to see the full list of Gameplay improvements made to NHL® 18.

GAME MODES

  • Added Season Modes for additional leagues (EBEL, HockeyAllsvenskan, and the Champions Hockey League Tournament)

EASHL

  • Added the ability to award a penalty shot in EASHL 3s rather than go on a 4-on-3 or 5-on-3 Power Play.
    • Fighting has also been turned off in EASHL 3s.
  • 3-on-3 strategies added to EASHL.

HUT

  • Added an auto-fill option in Edit Lines. This option will allow a user to automatically replace all the players in their lineup based on player overall and position.
  • Removed the 1-minute grace period for offline and online games. Game will now count right at puck drop
  • The end of round Competitive Seasons reward screen will now show in the HUT HUB rather than the user needing to enter the season to claim their rewards.

ONLINE

  • Improved Online Coop Matchup Load Screen to allows users to see more information about their teammates/opponents for team composition and latency for all online game modes (e.g., Online Vs., HUT, Threes Online, etc.) except for EASHL
  • Adding Team Overall to matchmaking rules to all online game modes (e.g., Online Vs., HUT, Threes Online, etc.) except for EASHL

FRANCHISE

  • Added Division Re-Alignment to Franchise Mode. This allows the user to move teams around within the divisions before the start of a Franchise Mode.
  • Improvements added to correctly apply stats growth to a player who received stat growth the previous year.
  • Added the ability to allow the user to edit their custom or relocated team’s jersey and mascot during the offseason in Franchise

PRESENTATION

New uniforms and equipment have been added to NHL® 18, these uniforms can also be found in Hockey Ultimate Team:

NHL

  • Added adidas Away uniform for Ottawa Senators
  • Added adidas Away uniform for Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Added adidas Away uniforms Nashville Predators

Goalie Equipment:

  • Added  CCM Premier 2 Goalie Pad Set

Click here to see the full list of improvements made to NHL® 18.


Buy your copy of NHL® 18 today.

EA SPORTS NHL® 18 delivers the creativity of today's young NHL with new Creative Attack controls and the first-ever Defensive Skill Stick. Play the fast-paced, arcade-inspired 3-on-3 EA SPORTS™ NHL® THREES mode, or reshape the league entirely with the new Expansion Draft and your own custom 32nd NHL team. Do it all with the most co-op and competitive multiplayer options ever delivered in an EA SPORTS NHL game.

NHL® 18 is available worldwide now.

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