EA Sports Hockey League and GM Connected will be missing from NHL 15 for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Electronic Arts has confirmed. The EA Sports Hockey League includes a 6 vs. 6 player mode, which is popular among fans. Producer Sean Ramjagsingh said in a statement:
Given our commitment to build a truly new generation of hockey games for our fans, we had to make some tough design decisions. I’m writing this to let you know that despite our team’s best effort to squeeze as much into the game as possible at launch, we will not be able to deliver EA SPORTS Hockey League or Online Team Play when NHL 15 releases on September 9 for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
However, the company intends to bring both modes to future iterations of the game on the new consoles:
While we can’t deliver EASHL in NHL 15 on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, we have huge plans for the mode in future iterations of the game. We will be putting together a small EASHL committee made up of you, the fans, to ensure that we deliver an experience that is bigger and better than any of us would have imagined when we first introduced the feature in NHL 09.
EASHL and GM Connected will still be available for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions. NHL 15 is scheduled for release in September. A demo will be available later this month.