Producer Q & A-David Littman

by Tony Ingrassia

David Littman
Associate Producer, NHL 07
Xbox 360

1. What is the biggest gameplay innovation in this year’s game?
Definitely the Skill Stick Revolution. These controls are something that will change the way hockey games are played. We didn’t make the change just for the sake of change. We made it to give people the same skating and stick control that an NHL player has. Think of the left analog as your skates and the right as your hockey stick - tap it forward to shoot, pull it back to wind up, move it side to side to deke. If you have ever played hockey in real life, this is the closest thing to that experience without actually lacing up the skates. It allows for a player to hold the puck to the outside while driving wide past a defenseman, fake a slapshot and walk around a defender trying to block the shot, or to deke the goalie and let the puck roll off the end of the blade into the net.

2. How will dual analog control change the way I play a hockey video game?
Hockey is mainly a game of one-on-one experiences. I think this is one area that no hockey video game has ever got right. Beating a defenseman one-on-one or deking a goalie out of his jockstrap are exhilarating experiences. The dual analog controls give you this. Instead of canned animations or scripted sequences we have put the power in the user’s hands…go do what you want.


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