EA Sports officially announced their first ever beta for their NHL series today.
Starting July 30 and going through August 6, players can download the beta and take part in EA Sport Hockey League gameplay, which traditionally features 2-12 total players.
The beta is not open to everyone, but rather anyone who purchased NHL 15 on Playstation 4 or Xbox One. If you own the game for Playstation 3 or Xbox 360 and now have a PS4 or Xbox One, you can opt-in right through the link provided at the bottom of this article. Once you opt-in, you will have a chance of being selected and you will be able to access on July 30.
The beta will be approximately 5 GB, so make sure you have some room saved or you have purchased an external hard drive!
The EASHL is revamped for NHL 16, though it didn’t appear in next-gen NHL 15. EA says that the changes made to the league are directly due to fan interaction and requests. In the past, the EASHL provided a progression system for your player wherein you started at a lower overall player rating and would gain experience and points to improve through the amount of time you put into your player. The grind is now gone and I am pleased to hear this. As someone who plays a multitude of games, I can’t devote the necessary time to chip away game after game to make my character better. In the new system, I only have to select which type of skater (or goaltender) my player will be. Do I want to be a sniper? How about a checking defenseman? That way, the true skill lies in two facets: 1.My ability as a gamer and 2.My ability to work with my teammates. If I have been playing Halo 5 Guardians, Fallout 4, or one of the other two dozen or so AAA games coming out this fall and my online buddies ask me to jump into a game with them, I can now catch right up no problem. The onus is on me to be good, I’m not limited because I couldn’t play for weeks on end.
This might not be popular in all circles, but if EA is correct with regards to fan response, then I think this will benefit the majority of the NHL 16 online community. There will be customization options for the beta, some features will carry over to the full game release in September and some will not.
What are your thoughts? Are you back on board with the NHL series after last year’s disappointing release? We want to hear from you on the new EASHL below.
Check out my review of NHL 15 here. I sighted in my review:
“Like a high first round pick prospect that doesn’t hit his ultimate potential, NHL 15 is good but not all that it could be.”
Josiah LeRoy is The Geekiverse’s Senior Editor. If you’re in the beta for NHL 16, team up with him on Xbox One via gamertag Josiahislegend.