July 23, 2015 — Today, Electronic Arts announced that EA SPORTSTM NHL® 16 will be releasing the first ever EA SPORTS Hockey League Beta for NHL 15 owners. This fan-favorite online team mode has been reimagined to deliver a new player class system for a more competitive and balanced experience on the ice. Your skills and your ability to play as a team will now be the determining factor in who wins and loses hockey games. This limited access beta begins July 30 and ends August 6 for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One®, and will be the only chance to experience the new EASHL before NHL 16 hits stores September 15 in North America and September 17 in Europe.
“EA SPORTS Hockey League is one of our most popular modes and our fans have been the driving force behind how we’ve re-imagined it for NHL 16,” said Dean Richards, General Manager, EA SPORTS NHL. “We listened to their feedback and have been testing early iterations of the mode with some of the most passionate players in our community. We’re incredibly excited that our fans are going to be the first to get their hands on this mode and look forward to hearing more feedback as we continue to improve and refine this experience.”
To access the beta, NHL 15 owners on either Xbox One or PlayStation 4 can jump into the game starting July 30 and select to download the NHL 16 EASHL beta from the main menu. NHL 15 owners on either Xbox 360® or PlayStation® 3, who upgraded to a new console will have a chance to access the beta through a limited distribution of beta access codes.
For more information on the NHL 16 EASHL beta and for full beta access instructions, visit the NHL 16 EASHL Beta Hub.
Built with more fan feedback and insights than ever before, NHL 16 delivers the most requested features and modes along with new experiences that make NHL bigger and better. With new levels of depth across single player and team modes, combined with improved gameplay balance and innovation as well as new tools to help you play at your highest level, NHL 16 puts you into the heart of a team, where you’ll play together and win together.