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NHL 19's New Collision Physics Based on P.K. Subban

EA Sports Video Explains How New Video Game Bases Hitting on Real-Life Play of Preds Defenseman

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

"Everybody's in play. Once the puck drops, everybody's getting hit."

You've probably heard Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban will be the cover athlete for EA Sports' latest hockey video game, NHL 19. What you may not know is that the gameplay and graphics will be inspired by him as well.

In a video (click here if viewing on the Preds App) released on Friday, EA Sports explained how crushing hits and defensive play by Subban have changed the fabric of the game, which comes out Sept. 14.

"When you take an athlete like P.K. Subban, to have a highlight reel such as his, was a great inspiration for the team," said EA Sports NHL Gameplay Producer Ben Ross.

Tweet from @EASPORTSNHL: Once the puck drops everyone's getting hit 💥 @PKSubban1 #NHL19

The all-new collision physics inspired by Subban will enable NHL fans to get a taste of what it's like to take out a forward with a bone-crunching hit.

"Eighty percent of hitting is timing," said Subban in the video. "Understanding if a player sees you coming, if he knows where you're coming from, how to position your body to make a clean body check - there's so many things that go into it."

"I hit that hard for real?" joked Subban on Twitter after the video was released. The @EASPORTSNHL account responded simply and appropriately: #GOAT (Greatest of All Time).

Video: Subban named cover athlete for NHL 19

Subban will become the first Preds player to see his likeness on the video game, available for Xbox One and PS4, in September.

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