At Gamescom 2016 we got the chance to speak with NHL 17 Producer Clement Kwong about the game and more specifically how the World Cup will feature in the game.
"International rivalry's a big thing", Kwong said. "The World Cup is going to be a really exciting event that we have for the first time in-game obviously so with all the teams and official rosters and players. You can even play with retired players from the NHL like Pavel Datsyuk so we're really excited about that. We have all the jerseys to show our national pride, so we're excited to see that".
We also talked about the beta that had previously been running for the game. "Our beta actually ended a few weeks ago", Kwong said "and we got a lot of hands-on time, a lot of good feedback. For example, when you talk about gameplay balance our gameplay team has been looking at assessing, prioritising the most important issues that we need to look at so I'm super excited that we got a hands-on [for] fans early on to get that information".
"In NHL 16 we did have a beta", he continued, "but it was EA Sports Hockey League focussed. This year we expanded it to Hockey League as well as online versus and Hockey Ultimate Team, so more fans are able to join the beta and get times on in their hands with their favourite modes".
NHL 17 will release on PS4 and Xbox One on September 15, and the World Cup begins just a couple of days later.
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