This game was released on September 13, 2016 and is no longer available to pre-order. Any incentives that were offered are listed below.
According to EA Canada, their latest NHL installment brings three new game modes (Draft Champions, World Cup of Hockey, and Franchise Mode) and adds a plethora of improvements to existing ones. Fan-favorite EASHL gets a Player Rank progression system for earning customization items, a Team Editor, and an Arena Creator which is also usable in the Franchise Mode. There also are changes to gameplay mechanics such as Net Battles for offensive and defensive zone play, or the new Reactionary Save Intelligence aimed at making goaltending more realistic.
NHL 17 features Vladimir Tarasenko as its cover athlete. The St. Louis Blues forward was chosen after a fan vote on NHL.com and Twitter, where more than six million votes were cast in total.
Pre-order the standard edition of NHL 17 to get the EASHL Equipment bundle (unique stick, skates, and gloves for your EASHL skater), NHL ’94 Goal Celebration, and 1 Gold Pack per week for 10 weeks. Additional retailer and platform incentives are listed below:
- Xbox: one month of EA Access
- Microsoft Store: $10 gift code
Owners of NHL 16 who pre-order through PlayStation Store or Xbox Marketplace receive 10 additional HUT Gold Plus Packs upon entering HUT. Each pack contains 20 gold items, with at least 6 players.
There also are two premium editions of the game.
The Deluxe Edition adds a total of 25 Gold Plus Packs for Hockey Ultimate Team (1 pack per week for 25 weeks; weekly login into HUT required to claim). The aforementioned Equipment Bundle for EASHL as well as the NHL ’94 Team Celebration are also included. This edition of NHL 17 retails for $79.99.
Super Deluxe Edition
The game’s most expensive edition ($99.99) brings the number of HUT Gold Plus Packs up to 50 (2 per week for 25 weeks, total value $100). It is only available digitally.
NHL 17’s release date is confirmed to be September 13, 2016. There is going to be an open beta running from July 28 to August 4 where fans will be able to try three game modes: Online Versus, Hockey Ultimate Team, and EA Sports Hockey League.