EA is keeping the major changes to their 13 series of sports game alive with the announcement of NHL 13’s innovations. NHL 13 will sport a new AI called Hockey I.Q. Previously the AI was only aware of players in the near area and reacted only to the player with the puck. With the new system, the AI is aware of all players, better replicating the decisions of real hockey players. The GM Connected mode takes the ever popular Be a GM mode online, pitting you against 29 of your friends in a 30-team NHL league. The GM Connected mode will come with a mobile companion app so you can stay up to date with the latest trades and offers, just like a real GM. Over 1000 new animations has been added to the physics based skating system for NHL 13, giving total realistic control to players.
NHL 13 is slated for a September 13th, 2012 release for Xbox360 and a Q4 2012 release for the Playstation 3.