EA Sports is set to release its first golf video game since Rory McIlroy PGA Tour (2015).
On January 19, EA Sports announced that the game will launch on March 24, 2023 for PlayStation®5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via the EA App, Steam, and the Epic Games Store.
Pre-orders are available now for EA SPORTS PGA TOUR, the exclusive home of all four majors in men’s golf – the Masters Tournament, PGA Championship™, US Open Championship™ and The Open.
Perhaps the most exciting part of it all is the fact that Augusta National will be making its triumphant return to the world of video games. The course will be in a video game for the first time since 2011 and will be playable in a game mode called “Road to the Masters”, which features challenges, tournaments and gear tied to the Masters.
“We’re bringing the premier PGA TOUR experience to players around the world with real-world golf data that drives incredibly realistic gameplay with every shot, and some of the most iconic courses in the world rendered in meticulous detail,” said Cam Weber, EVP . and GM, EA SPORTS. “From The Old Course at St. Andrews Links to Pebble Beach Golf Links and more, we’re giving players the chance to play bucket list golf experiences like never before in EA SPORTS PGA TOUR.”
The game also introduces a new and realistic way to make golf realistic in a video game called “Pure Strike”. Pure Strike aims to give golf fans all the tools they need to realistically attack every hole on every course the way the pros do. The game will also feature ShotLink® powered by CDW and TrackMan,
Pure Strike will aim to help ensure that every professional golfer in the game will have a unique swing and characteristics that are accurately reflected in the game.
In addition to being the exclusive home of all four men’s majors, EA SPORTS PGA TOUR is packed with experiences and content players have been asking for in a golf game, including:
World famous courses – The tee is yours on 30 courses, including some of the world’s most prominent venues such as Augusta National Golf Club, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Southern Hills Country Club, The Old Course at St Andrews Links, The Country Club, Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s Ocean Course, Torrey Pines, Evian Resort Golf Club in Évian-les-Bains, France, East Lake Golf Club, TPC Southwind, Los Angeles Country Club, Wilmington Country Club and more. EA SPORTS PGA TOUR will also feature the previous major host courses in 2021 and 2022, as well as the new 2023 major courses released after launch.
Your career, your way – EA SPORTS PGA TOUR provides players with an RPG-like progression system on the road to the champions. If their golf game improves, the closer they are to becoming a major champion. Players will be able to create and customize a golfer, develop their skills and master each course to attack each hole like a pro. With 20 shot types available as players progress through the game, they can improve their driving, approach, carding or putting skills depending on their style. Players will be able to compete to become a major champion and take on the PGA TOUR’s top events in the season-long pursuit of the FedExCup, as well as capture the top amateur championships, including the Augusta National Women’s Amateur, US Amateur, and other elite international amateur events.
THE PLAYERS Championship and FedExCup Playoffs – The PLAYERS Championship and all three FedExCup Playoffs events will be in-game, and players can earn FedExCup points in Career Mode for the opportunity to compete in the FedExCup Playoffs. As part of the career mode, at the end of the year, top golfers will have the opportunity to win the FedExCup.
Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) and the Amundi Evian Championship – In partnership with the LPGA, EA SPORTS PGA TOUR allows fans to compete at The Amundi Evian Championship, one of the LPGA Tour’s five major championships, and have the opportunity to play as several female athletes as well as create a female golfer in the overhauled Opret-en – player function. Players will also be able to participate in a number of LPGA-themed challenges and other events. Iona Stephen will join EA’s commentary team as the first female on-course commentator in the game, bringing her seasoned insight from both playing professionally and working on golf broadcasts.
True-to-Life Course Visuals – EA SPORTS PGA TOUR will also feature the most realistic visuals of any golf game using EA’s Frostbite™ engine. Using state-of-the-art equipment such as drone technology, custom LiDAR flying helicopters and more to develop terrain maps, EA SPORTS PGA TOUR depicts courses exactly as they appear in real life. The photogrammetry and scanners were also used to create accurate renderings of clubhouses, iconic vegetation, bridges, tee markers, rock formations and other elements on the course, giving players lifelike visual experiences of their favorite courses.
ShotLink® – Using ShotLink® powered by CDW, the PGA TOUR’s proprietary real-time scoring system since 2001, golfers will be authentically replicated with accurate player ratings, skills and magnified real-life in-game events.
TrackMan data – Insights implemented from TrackMan, a world leader in 3D ball flight measurement and swing analysis, are a critical component for authentic gameplay using a myriad of statistics including club tuning, flight path, landing position and more.
EA SPORTS PGA TOUR pre-orders are now available, including the Deluxe Edition, where players will receive three days of early access to the game and Augusta National, THE PLAYERS Championship Gear, The Grand Slam Gear Bundle, Scotty Cameron Putter in-game, 1,500 Premium PGA TOUR- points, a PGA TOUR XP package and The Masters gear*. EA Play** members will also get early access to the game, starting with a 10-hour early access trial on March 21st. EA Play Pro members will enjoy unlimited access to the Deluxe Edition of the game – as well as the exclusive EA Play Staff Bag – from March 21. Finally, all EA Play members will unlock additional bonuses for EA SPORTS PGA TOUR with monthly benefits from the Pro Shop, such as exclusive headwear, shirts, hats and more.
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