NHL 16 will see the return of EA Sports Hockey League when it releases on PS4 and Xbox One this September, EA has confirmed.

The popular online team mode was absent from last year's NHL 15, but will return in a "reimagined" form in NHL 16, letting players choose a specialised player class "to deliver a balanced competitive experience on the ice".

6 vs 6 online team play is also included, as is online couch co-op which appears to let local players jump in and out of online matches. Be a GM, Be a Pro and Hockey Ultimate Team return too, with the latter offering a new Single Player Seasons mode that lets you practice your skills offline.

A new visual on-ice training tool also hopes to help new and returning NHL players improve their offensive and defensive skills, offering shooting targets, advice on passing lanes and more.

Presentation is being enhanced, too, with EA promising the most realistic players yet and a "story-driven commentary package to pull you into the energy of the game like never before".

Xbox 360 and PS3 players, meanwhile, will be able to pick up NHL Legacy Edition, a new game also due out this September that features updated rosters and "brings together the most popular modes and award-winning gameplay features from nine years of NHL hockey".

While a trailer for NHL 16 has yet to be released, you can see a small amount of footage of this year's game in the video below.

Source: easports.com

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