A new league is making its debut in NHL 18 when the game launches in September.
According to the league itself, the Champions Hockey League will be included in the game for the first time. All 32 teams will be represented fully including players, arenas and uniforms.
“The cooperation with EA SPORTS is a great achievement for a young competition like the Champions Hockey League”, CHL CEO Martin Baumann said in the announcement. “Year after year, hockey fans all over the world can’t wait until the new EA SPORTS NHL™ game is released. Being part of this makes me very proud as it helps our competition and our brand to grow.”
The Champions Hockey League is based in Europe, and features the top teams from various professional leagues across the continent. Popular teams like HC Davos, ZSC Lions Zurich, and Adler Mannheim all participate in the tournament that began back in 2014.
NHL 18 launches on September 15 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Those who pre-order the game’s deluxe edition will gain access to the game three days earlier on September 12. EA Access subscribers will get to play even earlier, on September 7.