The NHL 16 release date is just months away and while EA did not announce the specific date we know a lot about the NHL 16 release that gamers and fans will want to know today to get amped up and ready for the game.
Even before E3 2015 there are a lot of details for gamers to learn about the NHL 16 release and the new NHL 16 features that are coming to consoles this fall.
Gamers who cannot wait to play NHL on Xbox One can use EA Access to play NHL 15 as part of the Vault that comes with a $4.99 a month or $30 a year EA Access membership. This also allows gamers to trade in a physical copy before values drop any further..
The NHL 16 release date is set for September 2015. EA did not confirm a specific date for the new game, which is not surprising at this stage.
The NHL 16 release includes the Xbox One and PS4. There is also a NHL Legacy Edition coming to the PS3 and Xbox 360.
EA did not announce the specific NHL 16 release date, but the odds are good that it will come on September 8, 2015. The last two NHL games arrived on a Tuesday around this date, and it sits between the Madden 16 release and the FIFA 16 release.
What is NHL 16 Legacy Edition?
The NHL 16 Legacy combines popular modes from the previous NHL games and updated rosters and still carries a $59.99 price tag.
There are no new features from the main release coming to this version. Gamers often joke that EA charges $60 a year for an updated roster, and in this case it looks like the gaming company plans to try this scenario for anyone who has not yet updated to the PS4 or Xbox One.
With the NHL 16 Legacy edition gamers also get authentic schedules and gameplay modes from the best versions of NHL games from earlier in EA’s run with the game.
New NHL 16 Features
Here is a look at the new NHL 16 features that EA highlights. We may see other items appear as EA shares more details about the game.
EA Sports Hockey League is back to deliver an online mode that allows gamers to pick a specialized class for a new experience on the ice. EA shares, “Player skill and your ability to play as a team will now be the determining factor in who wins and loses hockey games.”
Play as a team with 6 v. 6 online Team play or Online Couch Co-Op that lets anyone get into the action and allows fans to grab friends to play as everyone on the ice.
Single player mode isn’t forgotten in NHL 16. Ea includes a GM mode, NHL 16 Ultimate Team and a Pro Fantasy mode. When you are GM, you need to worry about ho players work together and overall player morale. In the Be a Pro game your play will dictate the type of player you are as you progress from a rookie to a pro.
A new NHL 16 training tool makes it easier to learn how to play better and will help you understand the game even more. This reminds us of the new training mode that Madden 15 delivered last year.
EA packs in new controls on offense and defense that the company doesn’t describe in full. EA does say that, “NHL 16 delivers a balanced gameplay experience that makes every position on the ice meaningful to team success.”
The new Precision Skating tool lets you make more purposeful movements and with seamless puck pick ups there is more control for the player and new options to maneuver into a scoring position.
EA also adds in NHL Playoff beards when you take your team to the playoffs, more realistic arenas, players and commentary.
NHL 16 Demo Release
The odds are very good for a NHL 16 demo to arrive before the NHL 16 release date. EA delivered a NHL 15 demo about two weeks before the NHL 15 release.
If EA sticks to this strategy we could see a NHL 16 demo release in the last week of August. Odds are good that the demo might arrive on August 25th, the same day as the full Madden 16 release.
On Xbox One we expect to se an early NHL 16 release that allows gamers to play the full game up to five days early for a total of six hours of game play. This is a perk for EA access members that all signs suggest will continue in 2015.
NHL 16 Pre-Orders and Deals
The NHL 16 release date is months away still, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t pre-order it now. NHL 16 is coming on disc and digital on the same day.
Right now you can pre-order NHL 16 from GameStop and Amazon. There is no NHL 16 pre-order deal for $10 off at Best Buy like we often see for new games, but Gamers Club Unlocked will knock the price down to $48.
The digital NHL 16 pre-orders are not live yet on PSN or Xbox Live, but EA lists them as coming soon. With EA Access on the Xbox One gamers can save 10% off the digital version of the game.
At this time there are no NHL 16 pre-order bonuses, but that will likely change later this year. On Amazon and other retailers the pre-order date may list December 31st, but that is just a placeholder
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