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EA: ‘NHL' series better for not being on next-gen in ’13

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EA Sports tells Yahoo Sports that gamers’ patience for a next-gen hockey game will be worth it.

The launches of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 did not feature a hockey game of any sort. No NHL, nothing. Not even a mediocre arcade ice hockey game or even worse, a Wayne Gretzky-licensed game.

Don’t think for one second that EA Sports didn’t know, or understand the gravity of their decision to wait a year to unleash their NHL series on your shiny new system.

Using year one to focus on their other franchises the likes of Madden and FIFA and deliver a top notch current generation “NHL 14” on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, EA told Yahoo Sports’ Sean Leahy that the new NHL title will reap the benefits.

Expect anything but a shallow year one on the next generation sheet of ice.

“Not being on gen-4 for launch was a good thing for us because we could leverage a lot of the learning from the other games in the EA Sports family; so games like FIFA and Madden led the way,” NHL 15 producer Sean Ramjagsingh told Leahy on Friday. There’s new hardware that comes up, there’s new technological things, hurdles you need to overcome that don’t always necessarily benefit the end user. You need to spend time figuring out how to develop on those consoles before you can actually deliver the cool stuff. By not being there for Year 1 we were able to let the FIFAs and the Maddens of the world kind of figure out all of the technological hurdles so we can spend more time focusing on the features for NHL 15.”

“NHL 15” is set for a September 9 release on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

You can read the full interview on Yahoo Sports, here.

What do you think of Ramjagsingh’s comments on the next generation versions of “NHL 15”? Sound off in the comment section below.

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