As a hockey fan, I’m sick of hearing the talk asking if it’s time to get rid of fighting in hockey. I’ll admit that I wasn’t always a hockey fan and only really came around to the game in the last 15yrs but I’m a ravenous fan who lives and dies with his team. I quite enjoy the NHL series from EA for the pure NHL experience but I also have a real soft spot for the old Don Cherry Rock em Sock em hockey videos full of fights, tooth jarring hits and even the old, Blades of Steel and Mutant League Football game on Sega Genesis and it looks like the fine folk at a new Vancouver studio V7 Entertainment feel the same way as I do. When I stumbled on this announcement I just had to be part of the fun.
Old School Hockey is coming to PC, PS4 and XBox One in Q1 2017 and it looks to bring back some of that old school broadstreet bully type gameplay.
Check out the announcement trailer from newcomers and their full press release below
Vancouver, British Columbia, Dec 12, 2016 –
V7 Entertainment Inc., a Vancouver based video game startup, announced today that it is developing Old Time Hockey. A game that harkens back to old-school arcade hockey of yesteryear where blood on the ice is just another day at the rink. 70s afros, big moustaches, no helmets, dirty hits, bench-clearing brawls, goalie fights, stick fights, ref abuse and literally lighting it up– that’s right – aggressive hockey is back in town! Old Time Hockey will release in early 2017 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam.
Old Time Hockey is inspired by classic arcade hockey games and sports titles. “Everything from NHL 94, Blades of Steel, to other sports titles like NBA Jam and Tecmo Bowl inspired us. We wanted to recreate that old familiar experience of playing these games on the couch with friends.” says Director Karthik Venkateshan. The game will feature 5-on-5 arcade style hockey gameplay where players will their opponents to submit through rough and tumble aggressive hitting and fighting. From donnybrooks to stick fights, Old Time Hockey delivers an experience straight out of the pages of hockey’s history!
Players will also get to experience a unique Story Mode in Old Time Hockey, something which has never been seen in a hockey video game. “We also developed a hilarious story mode to wrap all the hijinks together. It’s a daring concept to incorporate narrative into a sports game but we think players will get a kick out of it.” Set in the late 1970s amidst a poor economic climate and during the peak of the disco era in the United States, Old Time Hockey underscores the arduous story of a struggling team in the Bush Hockey League.
With various control schemes to choose, players can use arcade 2-button controls to more modern controls. In addition to these familiar controls, a unique “Beer Mode” control scheme allows players to play with one hand and hold their drink in the other! More on the game can be found at: www.arcadehockey.com.
About V7 Entertainment:
V7 Entertainment Inc. (otherwise known as “The Vancouver Seven”), based in Vancouver BC, is an independent developer and publisher of digitally distributed interactive entertainment and edutainment. V7 strives to deliver experiences with a strong emphasis on story and characters that expand the emotional responses in gaming and elevate the reputation of the video game medium. The company has received recognition and support as an emerging company from VentureLabs, Ready to Rocket, The Generator @ Discovery Parks, NRC-IRAP, MITACS, DigiBC, and more. V7’s homepage is http://www.v7entertainment.com. More information about V7’s products can be found at http://www.v7entertainment.com/games and full text of press releases can be found at http://www.v7entertainment.com/press.