NHL 15 promises greatly improved physics - first trailer

EA Sports gives its ice hockey sim a tech upgrade

EA Sports says it has utilized the added power of the new consoles to give its latest ice hockey sim a significant boost in physics tech.

NHL 15 is the confirmed title of this year's new entry, and will offer greatly improved player and puck physics, according to EA.

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"For the first time in any sports game, real-world physics affects every player through every on-ice collision with the new 12 Player NHL Collision Physics," says the publisher. "Utilizing the power of the next generation consoles, and building off the critically-acclaimed NHL Collision Physics system, every player on the ice is governed by physics at all times."

The puck itself has also been given a tech upgrade. "Completely rebuilt puck physics result in a more realistic feel to every puck interaction. Everything on the ice, including the ice surface itself, is live which leads to the unpredictable and authentic puck spins, rolls and bounces seen in a real NHL game," explains EA.

Of course, visuals will also be upgraded on the new consoles, with improved player models using "the same technology" used for EA Sports UFC, vastly more detailed arenas and realistic crowds with 9,000 individual crowd models.

EA is hosting its usual cover star vote now, with a targeted release window of Autumn on PS4, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360.