NHL 20 Gameplay Trailers Shows Off Improvements to Shooting, Goaltending, and Much More

NHL 20 uses RPM 2.0 tech to add signature shots, contextual shots, explosive transitions, and improved goal-tending to the long-running franchise.

July 17, 2019

NHL 20 is the latest entry to the long-running EA hockey series. The game was first revealed back at E3, where it was announced that the team was putting on larger focus on improving the gameplay. In EA’s latest trailer, they show off a few of the gameplay changes coming along with the new RPM 2.0 tech. Give it a watch below.

RPM tech in NHL 19 greatly improved the game’s skating system. After that success, the team has brought RPM to the stick to give players a new level of control that was previously unattainable. More than before, superstar players should feel like themselves in NHL 20.


In the trailer, the team outlines four changes coming this season. First up are signature shots. Every licensed player is given their own shooting style that matches up with the look of their real-world shot. In addition to these signature shots, EA Vancouver is incorporating a number of contextual shots. These allow your player to better react to passes and get off a shot from natural angles. It should make things like shooting out of a deke and one-time shots much more successful, once you get the timing down.

NHL 20 is also making improvements to transitions when you pick up the puck. In NHL 19, your player would often slow down as you closed in on the puck. Now, those transitions should be much smoother and allow you to stay explosive as you change angles.

Importantly, we’re also getting improvements to goal-tending. In the past, shots often bounced off the goalie, leading to easy rebounds that felt cheap. Goalies will now better direct and cover pucks, making scoring feel much more realistic.

It won’t be long before can try all these changes out for themselves. NHL 20 is out for PS4 and Xbox One on September 13.


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