With every iteration of the NHL franchise, there is usually one distinct feature that the team at EA SPORTS focuses on. New puck mechanics, skill stick improvements, more realistic skating, harder hits, and a new fighting system are just a few of the huge improvements that have been introduced in the past few entries. With NHL 15
being the first game to release on the Xbox One, the focus this time around has been placed on the overall look and personality of the players.
If you have been paying attention to the trailers that have been released since the game was announced, you'll have already noticed that graphically alone the players have never looked better. But there's more to it than just a cosmetic upgrade. NHL 15
will introduce a new layering system, which will make the players seem more lifelike than ever before. The body and equipment layers serve as the base of the player, but the jersey layer is what shines the brightest. Shown off by Producer Sean Ramjagsingh, the player jerseys will now contour to the player's body more naturally, giving it a realistic look for whether the player is skating down the rink, or getting impacted by a puck, etc. Players are also said to have new user-controlled celebrations, including celebrating with teammates on the ice, so perhaps the stale and re-used celebrations will finally be done away with.
These enhanced players will take to the ice again, when NHL 15
releases on September 9th for the Xbox One and Xbox 360.