EA Sports offered a first still image of the next entry in its hockey series today, NHL 15
, spotlighting San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton in striking detail. The game was announced near the beginning of May
as the first in the series for next-gen systems, and will include character models with three layers that behave independently: the athlete's body, their equipment and their jerseys. Thornton's jersey certainly seems to be wrapping well to his pads in the screenshot.
EA also recently announced the game's retailer-specific pre-order bonuses. Those heavily invested in the game's Ultimate Team mode will want to pre-order their copy through either EB Games or GameStop, as they will receive $24 in Hockey Ultimate Team gold-level card packs, amounting to one pack per week for 24 weeks. All other retailers will include a similar offer, though limited to $15 in Ultimate Team card packs instead. NHL 15
will launch this fall for Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360 and PS3.
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