Keeping it retro, NHL 14’s Anniversary mode is an offline, couch co-op experience

EA has confirmed that NHL 14‘s NHL 94-inspired Anniversary mode will stick to its roots and be a purely offline experience.

The decision was made to recreate an accurate NHL 94-era experience, EA said, with two friends battling it out together on the couch without an internet connection (mostly cause it wasn’t available, back in the day).

“With the NHL 94 Anniversary mode our goal was to recreate the social experience that so many gamers had on the couch next to their friends. This is the mode you play when friends come over and you’re up for some friendly old school hockey competition,” an EA rep said to Joystiq.

Personally, we love the idea. We’re already picturing events around the world, gathering players together for offline tournaments. Totally old-school style.

NHL 14 will be available from 13 September for Xbox 360 and PS3.

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