While EA’s NHL series has dominated the console space for many years, its popular hockey sim titles don’t make it to mobile. That’s where 2K comes in. Just a week after debuting NBA 2K15 for smartphones and tablets, the well known publisher has now released a new NHL 2K title on the App Store and Google Play.
While somewhat better known for titles like BioShock, XCOM and Civilization on the mobile side, 2K also has a long history with sports titles like its popular NBA titles. NHL 2K comes with many of the usual features and modes you have come to expect from an NHL game, along with being designed for mobile from the ground up. Head below for more details, features and pricing:
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Made for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch (compatibility details below), NHL 2K is an updated take on the company’s previous mobile hockey effort (which seems to have been removed from the App Store). There is your typical career mode which allows players to earn skill points that can be carried over from season to season. You’ll also find a quick 3-on-3 mode that is played on a mini-rink, and a turn based multiplayer shootout that has full Game Center integration.
2K also notes the updated visuals and live roster updates coming to the game, as well as MFi controller support on iOS like the SteelSeries Stratus Wireless Gaming Controller and the Logitech PowerShell, among others.
The game is available now for $7.99 on both the App Store and Google Play, which is about on par with 2K’s other premium game offerings. There are no IAPs available at the time of writing, meaning your likely getting the full experience for the price of admission here.
More from 2K below:
***NOTE: Compatible with iPhone 4S+, iPad 2+, iPad mini 1+, and iPod touch 5 – WILL NOT RUN ON EARLIER DEVICES***
This year, NHL 2K is back and better than ever! Whet your hockey appetite with the brand-new all-star NHL experience on mobile. Every NHL fan will be able to enjoy exciting new game modes including a fast paced 3v3 mini rink mode, turn-based multiplayer shootouts and an immersive My Career Mode with enhanced graphics and live roster updates. See if you have what it takes to take home the cup in NHL 2K!
• My Career: Control one player and earn skill points to build up ratings over multiple seasons. • Mini Rink: Fast-paced arcade style 3 on 3 gameplay mode. • Shootout: Turn-based multiplayer penalty shootout using Game Center. Battle your friends or simply enjoy a fast-paced game. • Live Roster Updates • iOS Controller Support
Full Press Release:
New York, NY – October 23, 2014 – 2K today announced that the latest installment to its famed NHL 2K hockey series, NHL® 2K, has arrived on mobile devices as a premium game for $7.99. Developed by Visual Concepts, a 2K Studio, in partnership with Virtuos, NHL 2K delivers a complete and portable All-Star NHL experience for hockey fans on iOS and Android devices.
NHL 2K’s new My Career mode lets fans shape the career of a custom character, while a new Mini-Rink game enables players to enter a competitive and fast-paced, three-on-three match. In addition, NHL 2K includes its first-ever asynchronous multiplayer options, allowing fans to go head-to-head in a turn-based shootout with their friends. Popular game modes and features are also returning alongside enhanced graphics and updated rosters, allowing fans to play through a full NHL season with their favorite team in Season Mode; compete on a frigid and snowy outdoor skating rink in the NHL Winter Classic®; perfect their hockey strategy and skills in Free Skate; and practice their penalty shots under pressure in Shootout.
“The team worked closely with Virtuos to build a game that provides sports fans with a fun and convenient way to experience the hard-hitting action of the NHL,” said Greg Thomas, President of Visual Concepts. “With the start of the new season days away, now is a great time to provide the millions of NHL fans on iOS and Android devices with a full-featured professional hockey game they’ve been asking for.”
A complete list of NHL 2K features includes:
- New immersive My Career mode that spans multiple seasons;
- New fast-paced, three-on-three competitive Mini-Rink game;
- New asynchronous multiplayer option;
- Live roster updates;
- Classic game modes, including NHL Winter Classic, Free Skate and Shootout;
- MFi Controller compatibility, NHL GameCenter LIVE™ connectivity and iCloud support (for iOS only).
NHL, the NHL Shield and the word mark NHL Winter Classic are registered trademarks and the NHL Winter Classic logo and NHL GameCenter LIVE are trademarks of the National Hockey League. © NHL 2014. All Rights Reserved. © NHL 2014. All Rights Reserved.