It was announced by EA today that for the first time ever fans of the EA SPORTS NHL series will get to play as FEMALE athletes. Yes that is right ladies you will finally get to play as your favorite female hockey stars. The Female athletes include famous female hockey stars Angela Ruggiero; former team USA star, and Hayley Wickenheiser; former team Canada Star, both of which are four-time Olympic Ice Hockey medalists. You will also get to play as Hall of Famers Doug Gilmour, Jari Kurri, and NHL legend Dominik Hasek all of which will be added to the roster of legends which includes Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux.
Dean Richards, the General Manager of NHL, EA SPORTS had this to say:
“With the release of NHL 12 we added generic female characters in our Be a Pro mode based on a request from a 14-yr old female fan who emailed our staff because she felt underrepresented as a hockey videogame fan. This year we are very excited to continue our effort of creating a more representative experience for female hockey fans by adding two of the greatest female athletes to ever play the game in Wickenheiser and Ruggiero to NHL 13.”
Former Team Canada Star, Hayley Wickenheiser says,
“The EA SPORTS NHL franchise took a big step last year by including female characters to create a more inclusive experience for female hockey fans. I’m excited to be a part of NHL 13 and hope that the addition of women’s hockey legends will encourage greater participation in hockey from young women everywhere.”
Legends Integration in NHL 13 FEATURES:
- Be A Legend: Gamers will experience the glory of playing their entire Be A Pro career as a legend as they attempt to shatter the most impressive records in hockey, achieve legendary milestones and complete legends tasks.
- Legends teams: You be able to play as the legends team, Team Ruggiero or Team Wickenheiser, which are comprised of legends and current NHL greats in head-to-head play – within Play Now, Online and Battle for the Cup modes. Players on Team Ruggiero and Team Wickenheiser were selected by each athlete, respectively.
- Hockey Ultimate Team & Be a GM: Gamers will have the ability to add legends to any team roster in Be a GM mode, or collect ultra-rare legends cards and use them within their Hockey Ultimate Team experience.
This all will be headlined by the new “True Performance Skating” and will be supported by a new and innovated A.I system “EA Sports Hockey I.Q”. NHL 13 will feature an all new gameplay experience that will accurately portray the speed, creativity and strategy as seen in NHL Hockey. You will also get to expereince an all new level of connectivity allowing you to connect with friends via the all-new “GM Connected” and “NHL Moments Live” modes.
The NHL 13 demo is NOW available for download via Xbox Live and PlayStation Network. EA promises the biggest year in the franchise’s history.
NHL 13 will be available on September 11, 2012 in North America and September 14, 2012 in Europe.
So we have to ask – What do you think of the new female athletes?