EA Sports PGA Tour: Exclusive to all four major tournaments

EA Sports PGA Tour: Exclusive to all four major tournaments

EA Sports PGA Tour

It's been six years since EA Sports last had a golf simulation in its portfolio with Rory McIlroy PGA Tour. Now the publisher has announced a new edition of the long-serving series for this year. So far this has been called the EA Sports PGA Tour. It is not yet known whether the game will be adorned with the name of a well-known golfer at a later date. The longtime cover star Tiger Woods, who was the series’s title star from 1998 to 2013, is definitely not available. Woods just closed an exclusive deal with competitor 2K Games and its PGA Tour 2K series just a few weeks ago.

EA Sports wants to be ahead of the competition in terms of content. As the publisher announced in a press release, EA Sports PGA Tour will be "the exclusive home of all four major golf tournaments". These are the most prestigious and traditional tournaments in golf, similar to the four annual Grand Slam tournaments in tennis. The main focus of the game is the Masters of the August National Golf Club in the USA, which will be playable virtually again for the first time in a long time. "We are honored to partner with Augusta National, home of the Masters, to bring the course and its events to players exclusively on EA Sports PGA Tour," said EA Sports Executive Vice President Cam Weber.

In cooperation with the Augusta National Golf Club, the developers at EA Sports have worked on a detailed implementation of the course. For the first time, scans were carried out from the air, in which millions of data points were collected as a basis for the reconstruction of the landscape. Further details on the content of the game are to be presented in the coming months. Then hopefully we will soon find out when and, above all, for which platforms the game should be released. So far, EA Sports has been silent on this. PC gamers would like to know whether they can enjoy virtual golf again for the first time since PGA Tour 12.

EA Sports PGA Tour: Road to the Masters Box Art Revealed

EA Sports is showing off their latest golf game with PGA Tour: Road to the Masters and we’ve got the box art down below. Instead of the traditional route with a featured golfer on the cover, Augusta National is the star of the show. It makes sense as the revered golf club is the crown jewel of many players’ entire life playing the sport. With the Masters about to kick off shortly, it only makes sense for Electronic Arts to drop a preview of what this year’s title entails. For those unaware, Augusta hasn’t been featured since 2011. Now, fans will be able to walk the course and get a sense of the history in the air down in Georgia. Fred Ridley, Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club actually delivered the news of the course’s inclusion during his annual press conference. Dustin Johnson also had some words to say about his experience at Augusta as the reigning champion. He’s ranked #1 in the world right now, and understands why the Masters should take center stage.

“We’re honored to partner with Augusta National, home of the Masters Tournament, to feature the course and its traditions exclusively in EA SPORTS PGA TOUR,” Cam Weber, EVP and GM, EA SPORTS said in a press release. “EA SPORTS is committed to growing the love of sports for everyone, and through our partnerships with the PGA TOUR, Augusta National and the other majors, we will bring new and longtime fans closer to the biggest events in golf than ever before.”

Johnson added, “Winning the Masters last year was one of the greatest moments of my life, and I hope to win there again. There is no Tournament better suited to celebrate on a video game cover, and I can't wait to see the beauty and unique traditions of the Masters in EA SPORTS PGA TOUR.”

If you’re wondering what kind of improvements are hiding under the hood this year, well EA Sports brought some heat. The company actually did some aerial scanning to map millions of data points that were previously inaccessible. This means that EA Sports PGA Tour will be the first game to truly capture that majesty in full definition. In addition, the Road to the Masters mode will be making a return after a long absence.

Will you be picking up this year’s PGA Tour title? Let us know down in the comments!