Popular EASHL Mode Does Not Seem to be Coming to PS4/XB1 Versions of NHL 15 by Pete Dodd


This tweet by @steve_OS who runs the exceptional Operation Sports website seems to prove what many fans of EA's NHL video game have feared for a while... the popular "EASHL" mode is not in the PS4 or Xbox One versions of the game. EASHL stands for Electronic Arts Sports Hockey League. In the mode, you and a group of friends create a team from scratch, with created players, names, logos, etc. As you play, you gain experience to make your players better. It is an online mode so you are playing against other user created and controlled teams. It was a breakout hit when it was first introduced and has been a staple of the game ever since. Many people buy the game to play that mode exclusively. It does seem that it will still be in the PS3/360 versions this year.

Many sports game fans are speculating that the mode took a back seat in development because it doesn't generate as much revenue as Ultimate Team. While Ultimate Team is not as popular as it is in FIFA or Madden, it does make EA money beyond just the purchase of the game. If this is true, the question is whether that money will offset the losses from people skipping the game this year because the mode they want to play doesn't seem to be in it. This is a question to which we will likely never know the answer.


This is filed under rumor for now because EA has yet to officially comment on it, but the picture that Steve posted is pretty conclusive. 




Comments:

#1Richgrisham
Personally, I am more concerned about GM Connected being absent. I totally feel the pain of the dedicated EASHL guys. They are incredibly dedicated to that mode and this will be devastating to them.
#2Anonymous
Not a mode I personally care about, but I don't like seeing the trend of features being cut from the new hardware versions continue this far into the current gen.
#3
D1NO
I am one of those devastated about this rumor. I sold my 360 and gave up NHL 14 because I wanted to hold out for EASHL on Next Gen. This further cements my boycott of all Ultimate Team modes in EA games that I buy going forward if they don't put The EASHL in NHL 15 on 9/9/14.
#4
Solryn
Hey sports guys! What're some sports games that you are looking forward to that are not published by EA? (And who publishes them)
#5
AskewedOne
If there was ever to be another Jonah Lomu Rugby Challenge to look forward to, I would guess it would be published again by Mad Catz. As there's not, the only sports game I can even think of that I would want next is MLB '15 The Show.
#6Richgrisham
Solryn wrote:
Hey sports guys! What're some sports games that you are looking forward to that are not published by EA? (And who publishes them)
The choices are few. There is the new indie-made The Golf Club which comes out later this month on Xbox One and probably PS4. Then there's NBA 2K15 by Take-Two which is a monster. If you like hoops it's a no-brainer. Then in November there is PES, the Konami competitor to FIFA. I am looking forward to all three of them! :-)
#7Anonymous
Thankfully it isn't EASHL 2015... That could be really upsetting. Hopefully they make the game more incredible free up those assets? Is that the right term? Probably not.. school me please.. but maybe freeing up some of that, they can add more to the regular game. I don't know. I can't wait to rock as my Kings this year though.. I'll tell you that.
#8
Pete Dodd
How Rich "I love MLB the show more than my family and friends" Grisham didn't mention that game, developed and published by Sony... is, well, weird.
#9Anonymous
My friends and family played EASHL a ton for the last few years. It being possibly absent will be a huge bummer and a disservice, really. I'm hoping some form of online league is still in there as a fallback.
#10Anonymous
My friends and family played EASHL a ton for the last few years. It being possibly absent will be a huge bummer and a disservice, really. I'm hoping some form of online league is still in there as a fallback.

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