In the course of the hockey year there are few moments as hotly anticipated as the release of the latest edition in EA SPORTS' NHL series. In 2012 that event comes Tuesday when EA's NHL '13 hits the shelves across Canada and the United States.
Rather than forcing gamers to wait until stores open Tuesday, EA SPORTS will be marking the event with official Midnight Launch Parties across Canada on Monday night, which will give fans the chance to play the game before it is officially released at midnight, participate in free swag giveaways and meet featured NHL players, who will be autographing limited edition team-specific NHL 13 cover sleeves. Launch parties will be held at EB Games stores in six of the seven Canadian cities that are home to NHL teams, while a Midnight Launch Party will also be held in Montreal at Super VideoTron.
Athletes who will be appearing at launch parties and featured on alternate cover sleeves include Phil Kessel in Toronto, Henrik Sedin in Vancouver, Evander Kane in Winnipeg, Mikael Backlund in Calgary, Jordan Eberle in Edmonton, Mika Zibanejad in Ottawa and P.K. Subban in Montreal. The Midnight Launch Party in Toronto will also feature a street hockey tournament at Yonge-Dundas Square, where teams can play for a chance to be coached by Kessel and James van Riemsdyk.
NHL 13 is said by EA to reach a new level of in-game authenticity, in large part due to, among other innovations, its "True Performance Skating engine," which takes the physics of ice skating into account when developing new animations for player movement. As well, NHL 13 will feature a revamped Hockey Ultimate Team interface that gives gamers the ability to build teams composed of thousands of different players throughout NHL history and from numerous leagues around the world.
More information regarding NHL 13 Official Midnight Launch Parties, including specific EB Games locations, can be found at www.easports.com/nhl.