EA Sports activities introduced Monday it’s creating a PGA Tour-licensed golf online game for consoles, giving 2K Sports activities a direct competitor to its PGA Tour 2K sequence. A launch date might be introduced “within the coming months,” EA stated.
EA Sports activities PGA Tour will embrace the Tour’s branding, plus The Gamers Championship, the FedExCup Playoffs, and Pebble Seashore Golf Hyperlinks, in keeping with a information launch from Digital Arts. EA this yr signed a “new, long-term deal” with the PGA Tour, the assertion stated. The writer didn’t specify platforms within the information launch, however described the product as a “next-gen golf online game.”
“We’ve partnered with EA Sports activities to deliver immersive golf online game experiences to followers of all ages for years,” stated Len Brown, the PGA Tour’s licensing govt. “We’re thrilled to proceed working with EA Sports activities on its golf franchise to authentically signify the PGA Tour for the following technology.”
Digital Arts’ announcement comes two weeks after 2K introduced it had purchased HB Studios, the previously impartial developer of The Golf Membership and PGA Tour 2K sequence, and signed an unique cope with Tiger Woods to look within the sequence starting with its subsequent version. Woods and EA Sports activities had partnered on the Tiger Woods PGA Tour sequence, for consoles and PC, from 1998 to 2013.
EA’s final golf online game was 2015’s Rory McIlroy PGA Tour for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. EA Sports activities PGA Tour might be developed by the corporate’s EA Tiburon studio in Maitland, Florida, which additionally made Rory McIlroy PGA Tour and the Tiger Woods PGA Tour sequence earlier than it.
2K started publishing golf titles in 2018 with The Golf Membership 2019, which additionally featured PGA Tour licensing, The Gamers Championship (with six TPC course), and the FedExCup playoffs. The sequence returned in 2020 as PGA Tour 2K21, with 10 TPC programs and 5 further real-life programs.
EA stated Monday that EA Sports activities PGA Tour might be constructed within the firm’s Frostbite engine, as Rory McIlroy PGA Tour was six years in the past. “We will’t wait to offer followers the chance to compete on a number of the most iconic PGA tour programs, and win the FedEx Cup,” Cam Weber, EA Sports activities’ basic supervisor, stated in a press release.
The resumption of a golf sequence is one other shock enlargement of EA Sports activities’ portfolio, following a console technology wherein the label recurrently revealed simply 4 sequence. Firstly of February, EA Sports activities introduced it was returning to school soccer with a licensed online game for consoles, someday in 2022 or afterward.
It additionally follows Digital Arts’ December acquisition of motorsports specialist Codemasters, with a last-minute, $1.2 billion bid that overrode 2K mum or dad Take-Two Interactive’s preliminary $994 million deal to purchase out the studio.