The game may still be a little over a month from launch, but players don’t have to wait that long to get their hands on NHL 19 for the first time.
EA Sports has announced that an open beta is coming for NHL 19 players on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
The beta will give players their first taste of the brand new World of CHEL community that brings new customization and progression systems to created players. Spanning across multiple modes, including two new ones, the World of CHEL aims to allow players to play the way they want and build the player they prefer.
The two new modes — NHL Ones and Pro-Am — will be available to play during the beta along with Threes Drop-In games.
More details on the beta offerings can be found below courtesy of the PlayStation blog:
When creating your character for the Beta, you’ll choose from twelve skater or three goalie classes that determine your ratings, abilities, and playstyle. If you want to be a prolific goal-scorer, then the Sniper class is a perfect choice for lighting the lamp. If you’re looking to run right through opponents as they try to deke their way to a goal, then the Enforcer Defenseman class will give you the strength to crush the competition. If you want to be a goalie, then there are three classes available for your backstop.
You’ll also be able to equip your character with traits that impact attribute ratings, and specialties that give your team boosts in certain situational moments. Traits have positive and negative impacts on skater performance, such as the Booming Slapper trait, which boosts your players’ shot power, but also decreases accuracy. Specialties can give you and your teammates bonuses in particular moments, such as a stamina increase after scoring a goal. Keep in mind the size of your player when determining your strategy, as height and weight affect skating speed, skating style, balance, hitting, and other attributes.
The open beta for NHL 19 begins today, July 26, and runs through August 2. NHL 19 launches on September 14 for Xbox One and PS4.
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