What can oftentimes separate good players from the greats in the NHL is their hockey sense and awareness of how the play is progressing. EA Sports is aware of this reality, and are taking steps to make the players of NHL 15
smarter than they have ever been before.
A new feature called Vision A.I. will bring an elevated level of player intelligence to the ice. Players will exhibit awareness to the play forming around them and react accordingly to it. This is achieved by over 2,500 predetermined points on the ice in which the players will always look to be in the correct position, in any three of the zones - offensive, neutral, and defensive. Players will behave accordingly in these different zones, depending on what their specific roles are. In the offensive zone, for instance, players will react to their teammates' positions, looking to open up passing and shooting lanes. Further strategical planning will also be implemented to the D-pad, which will now include either a Quick or Controlled breakout plan.
A few screens show off the premise of Vision A.I., as the first two display different angles of Ryan Callahan feeding a one-timer pass to Steven Stamkos, while the third image shows Sidney Crosby reading the play, which allows Kris Letang to feed him a breakout pass.
The next era of the NHL franchise begins when NHL 15
releases on September 9th in North America and September 12th in Europe for the Xbox One and Xbox 360.