In the NHL, teams can gain the upper-hand before the game even begins by having the home ice advantage. When especially talking about the playoffs, the fan support can become deafening in these enclosed arenas when trying to become the "seventh man" and urge their team forward. The NHL series has never quite captured this atmosphere, but with NHL 15
, EA SPORTS is looking to capture the feeling of actually being there.
Now, with the power of the Xbox One, many more of the unique, distinguishing characteristics of the 30 different arenas will be flushed out in-game. Elements such as 19,000+ seat capacities, dynamic lighting, player entrance tunnels, and more are now able to be portrayed in the game, when they simply couldn't on previous consoles, not to mention that there'll be over 9,000 different character models for the fans alone, which will prove to make a much more realistic looking crowd.
EA has begun to reveal some of these arenas and will continue to show off all 30 over the next few months. For now, however, we start with the homes of the Detroit Red Wings and the New York Rangers.
Home Ice: Joe Louis Arena
Detroit Red WingsLocation:
December 12, 1979
Home Ice: Madison Square Garden
New York RangersLocation:
Manhattan, New York City, New YorkOpened:
February 11, 1968 (current iteration)NHL 15
is set to release later this year on both the Xbox One and Xbox 360. Keep your eyes open for the reveal of the other 28 arenas.