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3 on 3 NHL Arcade Coming to PSN Tomorrow!

Matt Mahar's Avatar + Posted by Matt Mahar on Feb 04, 2009 // Lead Designer - 3 on 3 NHL Arcade

Greetings from EA Sports! I’m Matt, lead designer for 3 on 3 NHL Arcade coming to PSN for PS3 tomorrow for $9.99. As you might know, there are no options out there for consumers to play an Arcade style hockey game. There are Street versions of sports games, but Hockey has never been one of them and the NHL dev team felt that we could fill this void with a top quality product and give the users a game to enjoy. And PSN has it exclusively for the first week!

And, we want to turn people on about hockey — we truly believe it is the best sport on earth and want to show it off to people. So we built Arcade to attract people to play a hockey game when they might not usually play one. Also, it acts as a great creative outlet for our development team that has worked very hard on EA Sports NHL products.

3 on 3 NHL Arcade screenshot - VanekW

3 on 3 NHL Arcade is being developed by the same team that brought you NHL 09, winner of 10 sports game of the year awards. Arcade provides a complete package with online and offline play, as well as Power-ups, 40 NHL superstars, stat tracking, and leaderboards. As far as game modes are concerned, we have Play Now and Online Play. To give you a clear understanding of both of these let’s run through them:

  • Play Now supports 3 v 3. This is great for local play with your friends, and is a great time.
  • Online play is truly full — we have Play a Friend, Quick Ranked games that can support up to 3 v 3, and unranked games as well. Create and Custom game modes are also in the game, and allow the user to customize their online experience.

Power-ups
Power-ups are something brand new to EA Sports NHL games. We have a total of 8 power-ups. The way these work is to hit your opponent and a power-up will fall out of the player and onto the ice. This power-up can then be skated over by the hitting team. The power-ups then apply to the user that skated over the icon. These are hilarious and really create a game within a game. Do you get the power-up? Do you take the puck? It’s really challenging for the user to make the right decision. When playing against your friends or playing online, power-ups add a fun and challenging element to the game while keeping it competitive and authentic to hockey.


The overall feel of the game is fast with amped-up hitting and very distinct player types. For the Arcade player types, we categorized the players into three groups; Strong — big, able to withstand hits. Fast — fast on the ice and very agile, but can’t with stand the hits like a Strong. All-Around — good at everything, but not as fast and strong as the others. These player types add a layer of strategy to the game that can’t be forgotten about. Users will have to choose wisely and find the best combination of players to beat their opponent.

3 on 3 NHL Arcade screenshot - DoanW

There are so many cool things in 3 on 3 NHL Arcade, be it hitting guys out of the rink, performing a trick move from behind the net or spinning away from a hit attempt. But the addition of Powerups truly add to the game overall, adding an element of strategy to gameplay. Do you go get the double Score powerup or do I stay with the puck carrier? The decision is up to you, but you have to make the right decision or it could cause you a goal, our worse, 2!

Controls
For arcade we have two control setups: we have the Skill Stick, which is for all the veterans out there, and we have Button Controls for the first timers. We put shoot/check and pass/change player on the buttons so that anyone can pick up and play this game. In addition to shoot/check and pass/change player on the buttons, we added in Spin Move and Trick shots. I am really excited about having these in the game because they give the user two more offensive weapons while in the ice. With spin move you can get away from hits and skate into open ice. This helps to limit the number of powerups your opponent will get, and will get you into open areas to make plays. Second, are Trick Moves, in line with the new break-away contest the NHL introduced last year, we put in some moves that will give the user some creative freedom. Trick moves allow you to flip the puck up and bat it out the air, do spinning toe drag shots, and pick the puck up on your stick and score from behind the net. These are really great moves that will influence the outcome of every game.

3 on 3 NHL Arcade screenshot - BrodeurW

As I mentioned above, we have Skill Stick in the game with all its glory. In addition to the familiar Skill Stick moves we have added Trick Shots to it. These are done using the right stick and a modifier. The outcome of this addition is a new mechanic that Skill Stick users will have fun with and will allow them to score some amazing goals.

As you’ll find out, the result is an electrifying game that looks as good as it feels, and is easy to use. So take a look at the trailer to see what it’s all about!

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+ adolson on February 4th, 2009 at 11:55 am said:

Price?


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    + Chris Morell on February 4th, 2009 at 1:12 pm said:

    Price is $9.99. Added to post.


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+ skynidas on February 4th, 2009 at 11:57 am said:

trophies?


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+ ExcelKnight on February 4th, 2009 at 11:57 am said:

That’s interesting. I hope the lineups are of the stars from each team.


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+ frostedcakes on February 4th, 2009 at 11:59 am said:

Looks like a blast. I really enjoy arcade style hockey games (like Hitz). How much will it be? And does it have trophies?


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+ tearsofash on February 4th, 2009 at 12:02 pm said:

Big heads?


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+ iCyCo on February 4th, 2009 at 12:02 pm said:

YES it has Trophies… 13 of them


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+ adolson on February 4th, 2009 at 12:02 pm said:

Every 2009+ game has trophies…

Anyhow, the press release says the price is $9.99. Answered my own question.


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+ TheZed88 on February 4th, 2009 at 12:04 pm said:

People need to stop asking about trophies. ALL new games will have trophies! Link: http://www.crunchgear.com/2008/11/22/all-ps3-games-must-have-trophies-starting-in-january-2009/


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+ B1gg_Randall on February 4th, 2009 at 12:04 pm said:

I hope there is a demo…I want to try it out…


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+ michaelja on February 4th, 2009 at 12:05 pm said:

Is it just me, or can no body see the trailer they are referring to within this post?


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    + Chris Morell on February 4th, 2009 at 1:22 pm said:

    We had some issues with the video, but it\’s up now ;-)


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+ Don-Pinguino on February 4th, 2009 at 12:05 pm said:

@2

The game has trophies (check any of the trophy sites out there)

I think its time for an EA store on the PSN. You already have a nice selection of games up there.


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+ Destiny89 on February 4th, 2009 at 12:06 pm said:

boring….. give us some good games guys


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+ XKILLER44 on February 4th, 2009 at 12:06 pm said:

Sweet


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+ Sehlat on February 4th, 2009 at 12:08 pm said:

Will this game support 1080 output for 480/1080 only TVs?

More details @ http://1080ps3.com

Thanks a bunch


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+ kmonei on February 4th, 2009 at 12:09 pm said:

can you get in fights?


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+ jayyy91 on February 4th, 2009 at 12:10 pm said:

When will we be seeing the interview about this game in Home?


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+ HanSolo on February 4th, 2009 at 12:14 pm said:

wow, where did this game come from?
im getting tomorrow, also can you make a soccer like this game?


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+ Ftwrthtx on February 4th, 2009 at 12:15 pm said:

On an unrelated note, but EA related, is there any truth to the Godfather 2 game being delayed?


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+ evildude683 on February 4th, 2009 at 12:18 pm said:

Yall forgot to put the price :o!!


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+ Locster60 on February 4th, 2009 at 12:19 pm said:

I might get it depends on how many players? It would be fun to play with the kids. Online? Voice? some more info would be nice… Might help it sell.


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+ Dmx66 on February 4th, 2009 at 12:20 pm said:

sweet game.. does it have in-game music?


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+ TheHater2 on February 4th, 2009 at 12:21 pm said:

I probably will buy this game if there is a demo. Will there be a demo?


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+ ChizelMonkee on February 4th, 2009 at 12:27 pm said:

Sounds intersting. I hoping for Blades of Steel fun. Will there be fighting?

This is the first that I am hearing about this game. Was it previously announced?

I’ve been burned before by buying previously unnanounced PSN game and having them turn out to be junk. Joepardy coomes to mind . . .


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+ mafecto on February 4th, 2009 at 12:28 pm said:

sweet! thx EA


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+ IIIKAGEIII on February 4th, 2009 at 12:35 pm said:

what are the teeth physics like?


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+ STLblue on February 4th, 2009 at 12:38 pm said:

AWESOME! I wasn’t expecting this until the 9th. Will definitely be picking up tomorrow!
Thanks.


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+ Exodus_Lang on February 4th, 2009 at 12:44 pm said:

@1
I believe I saw that the game will be $10, but I’m not completely certain on that.


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+ JKC31 on February 4th, 2009 at 12:45 pm said:

Sold.


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+ madtyger on February 4th, 2009 at 12:46 pm said:

I know it has trophies, but what about the price? I might get it if it isn’t too expensive since I got to save my money for Flower.


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+ Maguss on February 4th, 2009 at 12:49 pm said:

Oh sweet, I love arcade type sports game, there is a serious lack of them. Any word on price though?


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+ madtyger on February 4th, 2009 at 12:51 pm said:

Oh, and is there a list of the 40 players? The game better have some of my Sharks players in it.


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+ Scodo_Thope on February 4th, 2009 at 12:52 pm said:

Demo?


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+ starBlinky01 on February 4th, 2009 at 12:52 pm said:

well since Ive been buying a lot of [DELETED] games from PSN lately, I am going to wait for the reviews to come out for this one before I buy it.

No offense though, I am really happy to see EA joining the DLC market. Hope to see a lot more from you guys.


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+ BoxFanNinja on February 4th, 2009 at 12:54 pm said:

Great, I love sport arcade games, Basketball perhaps?


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+ dam6655 on February 4th, 2009 at 12:55 pm said:

THANK YOU! I read on your site and Ign that it was not coming till next week.
Now I am happy, because I get to kick my brother’s butt online.


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+ StalkingSilence on February 4th, 2009 at 12:58 pm said:

If there was a pre-order option to pay ahead of time and download it so it’s ready – I would do that. I want this game so bad, it’s creepy.
My favorite PS2 game of all times was NHL Hitz which was similar 3 on 3 action + goalie. My brothers and I broke 2 multitaps with that thing.


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+ Mattchewie on February 4th, 2009 at 1:01 pm said:

Matt (btw, nice name),

NICE!, its seem as if you took core idea of the NES “Ice Hockey” and then coated it with NHL goodness!


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+ peevmyster on February 4th, 2009 at 1:02 pm said:

this might be my first PSN game purchase. looks like a blast, hopefully some of my friends will buy too…


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+ StalkingSilence on February 4th, 2009 at 1:03 pm said:

also, following you EA Sports folks on twitter!


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+ Thrasher20 on February 4th, 2009 at 1:05 pm said:

Oh snap! Sounds like a fast paced game for sure. We need more “arcade” feel on games ;)


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+ fatty65 on February 4th, 2009 at 1:07 pm said:

Price?


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+ depward on February 4th, 2009 at 1:07 pm said:

Concerning online play:

What game mode is it possible for players from different PS3s to be on a team and play others? Like the EASHL-type online play.


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+ ChaseHammerJ on February 4th, 2009 at 1:09 pm said:

Pass, sorry maybe at the $5 level. thanks anyways.


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+ Smokey on February 4th, 2009 at 1:09 pm said:

@42 – $9.99 (stated in the 2nd line)


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+ richard4481 on February 4th, 2009 at 1:14 pm said:

Any time scale when the EU will get this? Thanks in advance.


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+ THE_SPANIARD on February 4th, 2009 at 1:16 pm said:

Finally! another game that decides to take advantage of the fact that the PS3 can have more than 4 players!!!!!!

that brings the grand total of games to: 3


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+ djspinal on February 4th, 2009 at 1:24 pm said:

Please Please PLEASE give us nba street vol. 2 on the psn and make it online or a game like it, and give us a GOOD Madden game on the psn PLEASE!!!!!!!!!
Thank You, EA is awesome, I am lovin LOTR Conquest, C&C Red Alert FOREVER


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+ SpyDudeFX on February 4th, 2009 at 1:25 pm said:

Def buy, looks fun.


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+ DavePro65 on February 4th, 2009 at 1:26 pm said:

Ill be grabbing this tomorrow, along with my killzone demo


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