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Feb 04

3 on 3 NHL Arcade Coming to PSN Tomorrow!

Matt Mahar's Avatar Posted by 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 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!

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 said:

February 4th, 11:55 am


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    Chris Morell said:

    February 4th, 1:12 pm

    Price is $9.99. Added to post.

skynidas said:

February 4th, 11:57 am


ExcelKnight said:

February 4th, 11:57 am

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

frostedcakes said:

February 4th, 11:59 am

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

tearsofash said:

February 4th, 12:02 pm

Big heads?

iCyCo said:

February 4th, 12:02 pm

YES it has Trophies… 13 of them

adolson said:

February 4th, 12:02 pm

Every 2009+ game has trophies…

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

TheZed88 said:

February 4th, 12:04 pm

People need to stop asking about trophies. ALL new games will have trophies! Link:

B1gg_Randall said:

February 4th, 12:04 pm

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

michaelja said:

February 4th, 12:05 pm

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

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    Chris Morell said:

    February 4th, 1:22 pm

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

Don-Pinguino said:

February 4th, 12:05 pm


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.

Destiny89 said:

February 4th, 12:06 pm

boring….. give us some good games guys

XKILLER44 said:

February 4th, 12:06 pm


Sehlat said:

February 4th, 12:08 pm

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

More details @

Thanks a bunch

kmonei said:

February 4th, 12:09 pm

can you get in fights?

jayyy91 said:

February 4th, 12:10 pm

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

HanSolo said:

February 4th, 12:14 pm

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

Ftwrthtx said:

February 4th, 12:15 pm

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

evildude683 said:

February 4th, 12:18 pm

Yall forgot to put the price :o!!

Locster60 said:

February 4th, 12:19 pm

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.

Dmx66 said:

February 4th, 12:20 pm

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

TheHater2 said:

February 4th, 12:21 pm

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

ChizelMonkee said:

February 4th, 12:27 pm

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 . . .

mafecto said:

February 4th, 12:28 pm

sweet! thx EA


February 4th, 12:35 pm

what are the teeth physics like?

STLblue said:

February 4th, 12:38 pm

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

Exodus_Lang said:

February 4th, 12:44 pm

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

JKC31 said:

February 4th, 12:45 pm


madtyger said:

February 4th, 12:46 pm

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.

Maguss said:

February 4th, 12:49 pm

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

madtyger said:

February 4th, 12:51 pm

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

Scodo_Thope said:

February 4th, 12:52 pm


starBlinky01 said:

February 4th, 12:52 pm

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.

BoxFanNinja said:

February 4th, 12:54 pm

Great, I love sport arcade games, Basketball perhaps?

dam6655 said:

February 4th, 12:55 pm

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.

StalkingSilence said:

February 4th, 12:58 pm

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.

Mattchewie said:

February 4th, 1:01 pm

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!

peevmyster said:

February 4th, 1:02 pm

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

StalkingSilence said:

February 4th, 1:03 pm

also, following you EA Sports folks on twitter!

Thrasher20 said:

February 4th, 1:05 pm

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

fatty65 said:

February 4th, 1:07 pm


depward said:

February 4th, 1:07 pm

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.

ChaseHammerJ said:

February 4th, 1:09 pm

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

Smokey said:

February 4th, 1:09 pm

@42 – $9.99 (stated in the 2nd line)

richard4481 said:

February 4th, 1:14 pm

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


February 4th, 1:16 pm

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

djspinal said:

February 4th, 1:24 pm

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

SpyDudeFX said:

February 4th, 1:25 pm

Def buy, looks fun.

DavePro65 said:

February 4th, 1:26 pm

Ill be grabbing this tomorrow, along with my killzone demo

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