In his latest blog on IGN.com, EA Sports' NHL 09 producer David Littman dropped a few little nuggets that should have puckheads eagerly awaiting
the upcoming game even more than they probably are. The game comes out in September, but, if you're like me, you're still playing NHL 08 religiously just to kill time until the new release. You're also probably scouring message boards and various websites just to find out more details of EA's plans for the 09 edition.
In the NHL 09 trailer, there was a cut scene of a "dump and chase" play which is an added edition to this year's gameplay. Littman writes, "The new flip dump will sometimes bounce over the defensemen’s stick and get him in all sorts of trouble. Then you can use the lift stick or the new checking system to get the puck back using one of the new forecheck strategies."
Want to match-up Nicklas Lidstrom when Sidney Crosby's line is out there? Expect the ability to change up your forward and defensive lines separately for the first time ever. Think you can turn George Parros from fighter into top-notch scorer? Think again. If a player is rated low, you will find it hard for them to perform deke moves around defensemen and score goals in general.
My favorite line in Littman's blog comes at the end: "We will have lots of retro jerseys in the game (Seals, North Stars, etc) and we are doing something even more special with one of the NHL franchises." Retro jersey's is something I've been wishing from EA for a long time. I think they had some old school uni's a few years ago (anyone?), but glad to hear they're coming back. I'm going to guess that "special" thing EA is going to do with a NHL franchise probably has to do with Montreal, since next season will be their centennial celebration. Maybe even something with Detroit, the Stanley Cup champions?
Littman ends his blog with a major tease:
" NHL 08 received seven sports game of the year awards. But, as you know and we know, we can be a lot better. Based on your feedback, we have added new features and fixed things you didn’t like. Plus, we’ve added some things that you have never seen before in a hockey video game."
Hmm..interesting. To check out more features in the game, head on over to EA Sports' official NHL 09 website.
So, EA Sports junkies, what do you want to see in NHL 09?