You've heard the phrase "A whole new way to play before," but...
While LA Kings fans continue to regale in Stanley Cup victory, hockey fans around the rest of the world are gearing up to write history as they see fit with NHL 13. While we’ve covered certain elements of it and talked to the team behind the game in-depth, it’s only at EA’s recent media event in Vancouver that we learned the depth and scope of NHL 13’s GM Connected Mode.
Wait, you said HOW many?
Combining Be a GM and online team play, GM Connected will allow a sprawling number of players. As lead producer Andy Agostino pointed out during a demo, it was physically impossible to demo the mode in full force. With a commissioner, 30 GMs, and 24 players per team, you’re staring down 750 players in total per virtual league. The NHL 13 team isn’t lying when they make the claim that it’s the largest dynasty mode ever seen in a sports game.
Active? Passive? It doesn't matter. You're in the game
Don’t worry, though. You won’t need all 750 online at once to make it work. Whether you’re playing vs. AI, competitive online, co-op (vs. AI or against other online players), via Build Your AI (which lets you create a set of tendencies and strategies while you’re away), or Coach Mode, you’ll be constantly contributing to the mode.
No matter where you are, you're playing
NHL 13 will also tout a mobile app to let you keep up with GM Connected, even if you’re letting your AI toil away against other players. “The mobile app works well for me, because I don’t have access to my home TV and console more than maybe an hour or two a day,” said Agostini, “so this allows both myself and other gamers like me to stay connected to the mode, even if we’re not actively playing.”
Out in the wild sooner than you think
As ambitious projects go, EA’s plans for NHL 13 and its GM Connected mode look poised to push the envelope for the massive quantity of interconnected players. We’ll have to see how it fares out in the wild when NHL 13 hits North America on September 11.
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