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  • NHL 19: In-depth interview with Sean "Rammer" Ramjagsingh


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    Hey NHLGamers,

    On Friday I had the privilege to attend the NHL 19 press event in Helsinki and talk with lead producer Sean "Rammer" Ramjagsingh about the game.

    A couple weeks ago we asked you to  send us your questions for the NHL developers and once again the community delivered! We had a bunch of messages on the forums, Twitter and Facebook and while I didn't get the chance to ask all of them, I'm positive that we got most of them covered.

    The event itself was very well organized and this time around EA had set up plenty of game units connected to the internet, so even the most serious gamers could play head to head without the disadvantage of playing down-screen.

    NHL Gaming World Championship 2018 winner Erik "@Eki" Tammenpää, who recently joined Sampi, was a very wanted guy for the press at this event and he was giving interviews left and right throughout the day. I also had the pleasure of playing my only game of NHL 19 against him and an exciting game it was!

    There were quite an amount of familiar faces at the event and you should be able to find at least @Dominointi@Eki, @Hansulinho @MakezCR @Nieppii & @PleeMaker in this video. It was a pleasure to meet the guys, as always!

     

    « Huge thanks to all of the NHLGamer community out there for all your beta feedback! »
    -EA Sports NHL producer Sean Ramjagsingh extending a thanks to our community


    Rammer and the dev team was very pleased to see that our community had sent us loads of questions, we were even able to provide some ideas they haven't thought of previously. The producer and the whole team wanted to extend a thanks to all of you.

     

    « As the community knows, EASHL in my opinion is one of the greatest experiences we have in the game. By building out the World of Chel and the multiple different experiences, I feel like we can lower the barrier of entry into the EASHL ecosystem which is only going to make the competition better. » 
    – Rammer on the development of World of Chel and EASHL

    We were very pleased to hear that the thought behind World of Chel wasn't just to bring out an enjoyable game-mode, but also to lower the barrier for new players to enter and experience the fun of EASHL. Hopefully we'll see a growth in the player base of EASHL and get even more skilled players into our community.

     

     « I think being able to practice is a big part of the learning curve in EASHL from a team-play perspective. This year we made a big decision to try and build out the experience around EASHL with the World of Chel. We think it’ll be an important tool for us to bring newbies and more people into the competitive EASHL scene. » – Rammer on Practice mode in EASHL

     

    Without further ado, check out the video below!

     

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    Table of contents:
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    0:26 Intro

    GAMEPLAY
    1:19 How hard is porting existing features to a new engine like Frostbite?
    2:15 Goalies taking control of the extra skater on a delayed penalty? (+ insight into World of CHEL and general dev constraints)
    5:00 Observation feature in EASHL and other game modes?
    6:16 Translucent goalies in behind-the-net cameras when the puck is in the slot?
    7:05 Faceoff tweaks (including the removed backhand-forehand fake)?

    GAMEMODES
    8:36 Captains and Assistant Captains in EASHL and other modes?
    9:12 Practice mode in EASHL?
    11:06 NHL Ones playable with friends?
    12:13 Custom logos in EASHL?
    13:45 Custom jersey styles in Franchise Mode by Reebok/Adidas?
    14:12 Aside of amateur and pro scouting, what other changes made it into Franchise Mode?

    GENERAL
    15:19 Additional languages for in-game commentary?
    16:38 Custom music in the game?
    17:09 Rink selection between NHL and international sizes? (+ insight into building Threes arenas)
    18:14 Up to date real life goalie equipment in the game?
    20:10 Shoutout for updated player profile pictures (+ what about the refs?)
    21:03 Saving line changes for the Online VS mode?
    22:05 Changes to Hockey Ultimate Team?
    23:52 Goodbye

    24:02 Outro

     

     

    What do you think? Did you like what you heard? Something we missed? Let us know in the comments.



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    Good answers from Rammer imo. While most of them had a similar structure and a restricted "game developer" kind of feel to them, he did really well to get across the point that while we as serious NHL players want to see things like the goalie controlling the 6th man and practice mode, most of the actual player base of the NHL series will feel indifferent about those changes -> not worth it for them to spend a lot of time and resources on that. "Brand new World of Chel" is simply a better marketing tool than "Captains and assistant captains in EASHL". Hopefully, some of the features do actually come post-launch 9_9

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    3 hours ago, Alex28 said:

    #kenuforrefgameface :D

    Imagine not escaping from my judgement even in the game. 😅

     

    3 hours ago, PSchibra said:

    Good answers from Rammer imo. While most of them had a similar structure and a restricted "game developer" kind of feel to them, he did really well to get across the point that while we as serious NHL players want to see things like the goalie controlling the 6th man and practice mode, most of the actual player base of the NHL series will feel indifferent about those changes -> not worth it for them to spend a lot of time and resources on that. "Brand new World of Chel" is simply a better marketing tool than "Captains and assistant captains in EASHL". Hopefully, some of the features do actually come post-launch 9_9

    Yes, I agree. Rammer really comes off as an EASHL-fan himself. It's still a business and the return of investment has always been taken into consideration when making decisions.

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    12 minutes ago, MovaaN said:

    Fundraise for @Kenu to get a second microphone for himself :D Great interview mate and congratz on Gamechanger position :)

    Thank you! And hahaha, yeah I had the mic a bit too far from myself so while Rammer sounds great, my voice was with room echo.

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    Great interview. Never heard this man get so many specific questions before in any interview. So respect to Kenu and the community. The question about selling consumables quicker in HUT was clearly an eye-opener to Rammer. So hopefully we get that in the post-game as well.

    Not a big fan of Rammer and the way this franchise has devoloped over the years, however the NHL 19 beta was the best example of virtual hockey since NHL 14, so let's hope for the best

    Nhlgamer FTW!!!!!!

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    I agree. He really sounds like he cares about the community a lot, even though he's being fired at for years now (although that's something that just comes along with being a video game producer I guess). I'd like to know if he is such a chill guy internally as well!

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    10 tuntia sitten, gzell60 kirjoitti:

    I agree. He really sounds like he cares about the community a lot, even though he's being fired at for years now (although that's something that just comes along with being a video game producer I guess). I'd like to know if he is such a chill guy internally as well!

    You are absolutely right, it comes with a job. Now they made good game so maybe people take it more easy on him atleast this year.

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