After releasing a teaser earlier this month, EA Sports has released the first gameplay trailer for NHL 18.
The trailer features the game’s cover athlete Connor McDavid, and shows off the overhauled offensive skill stick as well as the debuting defensive skill stick.
Also shown is the game’s brand new NHL Threes mode that features faster gameplay, a more arcade-like presentation and atmosphere, and unique arenas to play in. Fans also got a first look at the Vegas Golden Knights in NHL 18.
Speaking of the new skill steaks, EA Sports provided a bit more detail via press release shortly after revealing the trailer.
New Creative Attack skill moves give players the control to execute jaw-dropping plays. On offense, creative dekes include between-the-legs moves, one-handed dekes, back-handed toe-drags and much more — like the ability to branch moves together for moment-to-moment decision making.
On defense, the new Defensive Skill Stick delivers the tools to counter attacks with poke check targeting, extended pokes, and controlled stick sweeps to cover zones of the ice and take away lanes. New Creative A.I. systems mean teammates now leverage the same tools as the player for intelligent decision-making all over the ice, including board passes and through-passing into space.
NHL 18 launches on September 15 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Those who preorder the game’s deluxe edition will gain access to the game three days earlier on September 12.
Players have a chance to try out the game early by signing up for the open beta that begins on July 25.