EA Sports activities is reviving its PGA Tour golf sequence, and the corporate is making a giant transfer by asserting the brand new sport will function The Masters. Some of the revered golf tournaments, The Masters has not been featured in a golf sport since Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12.
EA on Wednesday introduced what it is calling EA Sports activities PGA Tour: Street to the Masters, which sounds just like the title of its subsequent golf sport. This can function the Masters match and the Augusta Nationwide Golf Membership. The sport’s cowl has additionally been revealed, and it is beautiful.
— EA SPORTS PGA TOUR (@EASPORTSPGATOUR) April 7, 2021
2011’s Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 was the primary time in historical past that Augusta Nationwide was featured in a golf sport. It has been absent since, and followers have referred to as on it to return.
A new landing page for EA Sports PGA Tour additionally states that the brand new sport may have all 4 Main events–The Masters, the PGA Championship, the US Open, and The Open. EA says its sport would be the just one to supply not solely The Masters, however all 4 Majors.
These occasions will probably be featured within the new sport’s profession mode, which may also embody high-profile occasions resembling The Gamers Championship and the FedExCup Playoffs. EA says it should announce extra particulars about every Main occasion this summer season.
“We’re honored to associate with Augusta Nationwide, house of the Masters Match, to function the course and its traditions completely in EA Sports activities PGA Tour,” EA Sports activities boss Cam Weber stated. “EA Sports activities is dedicated to rising the love of sports activities for everybody, and thru our partnerships with the PGA Tour Augusta Nationwide and the opposite majors, we are going to carry new and longtime followers nearer to the largest occasions in golf than ever earlier than.”
EA additionally provided a quote from 2020 Masters champion Dustin Johnson, who stated, “I am unable to wait to see the sweetness and distinctive traditions of the Masters in EA Sports activities PGA Tour.”
EA says it labored carefully with Augusta Nationwide to “meticulously” seize the golf course and its traditions for the brand new sport. “EA Sports activities employed first of its sort aerial scanning to gather thousands and thousands of knowledge factors, beforehand inaccessible in golf video games, to recreate the unparalleled fantastic thing about Augusta Nationwide authentically within the sport,” EA stated.
The “Street to the Masters” appears like it is going to be a marketing campaign of types that features not solely the match itself, however “further experiences” associated to Augusta Nationwide.
EA Sports activities PGA Tour is developed by EA Tiburon, the identical studio that makes Madden. A launch date for the sport, together with extra particulars, will probably be revealed within the coming months. To this point, no gameplay footage for the title has been introduced. The sport is in growth for “next-gen” methods, which suggests PlayStation 5 and Xbox Sequence X.
This announcement about The Masters comes through the week of the Masters match itself, which kicks off on Thursday and runs via Sunday.
EA Sports activities PGA Tour seemingly has the higher hand now because it competes in opposition to rival 2K’s PGA Tour 2K sequence. The Masters and Augusta Nationwide will solely be featured in EA’s sport. Moreover, EA stated in its announcement of EA Sports activities PGA Tour that its sport will permit gamers to compete “in opposition to and as a few of the largest names in skilled golf.”
PGA Tour 2K21 did function real-life professionals, resembling Bryson DeChambeau and canopy star Justin Thomas, however you possibly can solely compete in opposition to them and never play as them. It is attainable this might change for the following PGA Tour 2K sport, however that continues to be to be seen.
For what it is price, neither EA nor 2K have shared a full checklist of professionals and programs that will probably be accessible of their subsequent releases, so it is too quickly to make direct comparisons of the 2. 2K did just lately sign Tiger Woods to a new deal for the PGA Tour 2K series, however it stays to be seen if he will probably be a playable character.
EA was previously in enterprise with Woods for 10+ years with its Tiger Woods PGA Tour sequence. They later parted methods, with EA signing Rory McIlroy to a deal as an alternative, however that was short-lived and the sequence was later placed on maintain. It is now coming again, which is thrilling for followers, but in addition not solely shocking. EA administration had teased that it will launch extra sports activities video games sooner or later, starting with EA Sports College Football and now PGA Tour.