While @rayferraro21 may have stepped away from the EA NHL series, @cherylpounder is a solid replacement. Always has insightful commentary on the TSN panel. Should be a good fit! #NHL https://t.co/ejVhvUMrZv
– The Senstennial Podcast (@senstennial) August 17, 2023
Speaking of which, Ray Ferraro will no longer be the game’s analyst. He has been replaced by Montrealer Cheryl Pounder for the next edition, due out in less than two months.
But Montrealaise or not, it’s still going to be in English.
I know that for many people, this isn’t a problem. That even though many people (in Quebec and elsewhere in the French-speaking world) prefer to communicate in French, they understand English.
But wouldn’t it be nice to have commentators who speak the language of Molière?
But does that mean it’s imminent?
Michel Laprise, who works for RDS, asked a high-ranking official at EA Sports, producer David Pritchett. And he didn’t close the door on the possibility of French voices during the game’s matches.
The people at EA Sports have spoken a lot in the conditional tense. But the intention to eventually put French voices in NHL games is well-felt.https://t.co/026NGzaiMm
– Michel Laprise (@MLapriseRDS) August 17, 2023
Since FIFA has French-language versions, it’s understandable that this isn’t exactly a mission impossible for EA Sports – especially considering the popularity of field hockey in Quebec compared to soccer.
I don’t know to what extent, though, even if influential people say they’re thinking of incorporating French into the game featuring Cale Makar on the cover, it’s going to happen.
Michel Laprise is the first to say that when he asked his questions about French, he sensed that his interlocutor (David Pritchett) was hesitant and didn’t want to put his foot down.
If EA Sports feels that it won’t help the game’s sales considerably, it’s possible that the fine promises will remain nothing more than empty projects, in the end. It’s like an election promise.
– Is it?
– The Alouettes don’t want to change quarterbacks in the middle of a game. [JdeM]
– I like to see them integrate in Montreal.
– TVA Sports (@TVASports) August 18, 2023
– Can the Coyotes surprise?[BPM Sports]
– He’s very strong.