NHL 15 PS4 and Xbox One Versions Reportedly Missing a Plethora of Features

September 6, 2014 Written by Zarmena Khan

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Last month, we reported that EA’s upcoming title NHL 15’s PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions will be missing two popular game modes; the EA Sports Hockey League and GM Connected. However, according to reports by users who have access to the title via the EA Access program, the game might be missing a lot more than just two features. Operation Sports has shared the following list of missing features, stating that this is preliminary information and that some of them could appear in the full game:

Modes/Features

  • No GM Connected
  • No Online Team Play (when this is patched into the game later this year, it will use real NHL players and teams)
  • No EA Sports Hockey League
  • No EA Sports Arena
  • No Online Shootouts
  • No Live the Life
  • No Be A Legend
  • No Winter Classic
  • No tournaments or Battle for the Cup
  • No season mode (you can only play seasons in Be A GM, which is limited to NHL teams)
  • No NHL 94 Anniversary mode
  • No custom music support
  • No create-a-play designer
  • Cannot customize each team’s AI
  • No create-a-team
  • No way to edit individual players
  • Practice mode is now limited to one skater vs. an AI goalie

Gameplay

  • No custom camera option
  • No Action Tracker replay highlights
  • No Top 3 Stars at the end of games.

Be A GM

  • Yearly draft is fully automated by the CPU
  • Cannot play the AHL games for your chosen franchise
  • Players sent down to the minors do not accumulate any season stats
  • No fantasy draft option
  • No preseason games

Be A Pro

  • No option to sim ahead to the next shift
  • You only play in the NHL; you cannot play for minor league teams
  • The Memorial Cup tryout period is gone. You now begin by picking an NHL team, or by letting a random CPU team draft you.
  • No All-Star game

Ultimate Team

  • Cannot play against your friends
  • No tournaments
  • No mobile app

Kotaku reports that fans are visibly upset, with some cancelling their pre-orders while others asking people to vote with their wallets. EA forum users who are creating threads to raise concerns claim that their threads are being locked. Fans also took to Twitter where producer Sean Ramjagsingh was only able to confirm the appearance of some of the aforementioned features via future content updates. 

Oh dear! Let’s hope this doesn’t turn into a PR disaster.

[Source: Operation Sports via Kotaku]