EA Canada is also expanding Be A GM, which it says is the series' "most popular offline mode," to the Internet. GM Connected lets friends join in a 30-team online league, with the option of playing as a player, general manager, or coach. In addition, the developers are working on a mobile app that will presumably offer some level of interaction with a league when people aren't playing on their console.
NHL Moments Live will be a hockey equivalent of the Madden Moments Live feature in EA's Madden series, a mode that lets players relive salient moments from the 2011-12 NHL season and sometimes challenges them to rewrite history. The "Live" part of the equation means that EA Canada will periodically update the mode with moments from the 2012-13 season.
EA will be releasing a Stanley Cup Collector's Edition for NHL 13, which comes in a tin embossed with Lord Stanley's Cup and offers a variety of digital bonus content for $79.99:
- Two Stanley Cup® Theme Hockey Ultimate Team packs featuring randomized player items from the Western and Eastern Conference Champions
- Gold Jumbo Hockey Ultimate Team Pack (Regular) featuring 24 randomized items, including an exclusive Wayne Gretzky Hockey Ultimate Team Legend and six other rare items
- A CCM Boost Pack featuring the all-new CCM RBZ stick (For use in Be a Pro and EA SPORTS™ Hockey League)
- A 10% discount on a one-time purchase at shop.NHL.com
NHL 13 will launch in North America for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on September 11, 2012, and in Europe on September 14, 2012. Expect more details on the game at E3. For now, you can check out the first screenshot in the gallery below, and continue to vote on the player who will appear on the NHL 13 cover; the campaign is currently in the quarterfinal round. (The only correct choice, of course, is Henrik Lundqvist.)
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