06:02 PM - July 10, 2015 by Steve_OS
The NHL 16 team continues to answer questions about the game at their Ask EA page. The Q&A is copied and pasted below for easier reading. Other Q&A sessions have been posted here in the same fashion.
Will there be contracts in HUT?
HUT contracts remain unchanged in NHL 16.
With the EASHL player type builds, how are you planning on keeping all builds viable and not just have everyone gravitate towards ply or snp? For example, why would someone be a grinder? Also will player size be attached to player types?
Hi Casey, thanks for your question. The player classes are tuned with feedback from members of the community as well as hours of testing during development. Even though the classes are balanced with unique strengths/weaknesses before launch, our intention is to constantly monitor game data and review feedback from our fans to continuously tweak the builds. We will continue to listen to player feedback post launch and rectify any balance issues players may be facing.
Will boosts be returning to Ultimate Team?
Hi Jamie, good question! Training items will still be available in HUT but we are making one change in that training duration items will no longer be available. This means that training boosts can still be applied but are only good for one game.
How many mascots are in the Game?
The NHL officially have 27 mascots and every single one of them will be in the game.
Will the Coyotes new jerseys be featured in NHL 16?
The new Arizona Coyotes uniforms that were announced at the NHL Entry Draft will be in the game.
Will the Carolina Hurricanes home (PNC Arena) be in NHL 16?
The PNC Arena home of the Carolina Hurricanes will be in NHL 16.
Will u be able to grow a playoff beard in be a pro this year?
Yes. In NHL 16 you have control over what facial hair you currently have (both style and length) and/or what beard you would grow if you set yourself to clean shaven during the season and only grow during playoffs. Make it all the way to the cup final to see it in all its glory.
Will there be one-touch passes!?
Yes. You can press pass before you receive a pass to quickly pass it along to another teammate. This works well for give and go's and moving the puck around quickly on the powerplay.
Will the New York Islanders be located in Brooklyn?
Yes, we have Barclays Center in NHL 16, complete with all of its unique architecture.
Will the Rangers goal song be in the game?
In NHL 16 we will have the Rangers goal song, the crowd will chant along with it as well.
When will we see NHL 16 gameplay?
You'll get to see some gameplay this month (July).
I'm actually schooling for online programming, is there any chance you guys are looking for any new interns or maybe some new young workers?
We're always looking for new talent. Check out http://careers.ea.com/ for all job postings.
What about possibility to change jersey numbers in rosters?
Yes. We know that our fans wanted this…it was a late addition but we were able to get this in.
Why did you elect to put Kane and Toews as opposed to letting your fans vote on the cover like in previous years?
As you may have saw with our E3 trailer, the theme for NHL 16 is all about playing as team or ‘Play Together. Win Together.’ With the return of team based modes like Online Co-Op, OTP, EASHL, our team came up with the idea of putting a winner from the Stanley Cup Champion on the cover. We actually signed players from each of the 16 NHL teams participating in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but with Chicago, both Toews and Kane expressed interest in sharing the cover if the Hawks won the Cup. Given the team focus for NHL 16 we felt it was good fit and something we decided to agree to. We may elect to return to a cover vote or experiment a new cover selection process in the future, but with NHL 16 we’re happy with where things netted out. For the first time, we have teammates and one of the best duo’s in the league on the cover.
How is NHL 16 compared to NHL Legacy? Same cover?
NHL 16 and NHL Legacy Edition are two separate products with two separate covers. It's important that we make that distinction since NHL 16 continues to build on the 'next gen' foundation leveraging the power of the new consoles whereas the Legacy Edition is specific to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 and does not have the same new features of NHL 16.
Will there be an option to turn off the On Ice Visual Trainer?
Yes there will be an option to turn it off.
Is there a new training mode in NHL 16 ? With more details and tutorials ?
There is a new training mode in NHL 16 which we're calling the Visual On-Ice Trainer. The great thing about this feature is that it gives you hints on both controls and some of the basic rules of hockey all during gameplay. For me personally, the best part about this feature is that it adapts as you play continuously progressing you to more and more complex moves so that both new and experienced fans will benefit.