With the Tiger Woods license now dead and buried (for now at least), EA Sports has finally announced a brand new game in the long-running PGA Tour franchise… this time just for next generation consoles. Breaking away from the more realistic PGA Tour titles of old, the new entry, powered by the Frostbite 3 engine, looks to mix it up with fantasy courses too.
Check out the glorious trailer below and read on for the announcement.
A return to the virtual links is near as today Electronic Arts Inc. announced EA SPORTS PGA TOUR. The new title will feature gorgeously detailed real-world courses, as well as epic fantasy courses that offer not only new settings, but their own unique challenges. EA SPORTS PGA TOUR will launch on Xbox One, the all-in-one entertainment system from Microsoft, and the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, in Spring 2015.
The game will be the first EA SPORTS title to utilize the power of the Frostbite 3 engine to render stunning courses and open up the golf experience like never before. With the ability to stream full environments, players will truly be able to play the ball as it lies no matter where it lands.
“Frostbite 3 is really the perfect piece of technology for us to use as we create EA SPORTS PGA TOUR,” said Executive Producer Brent Nielsen. “There is no better engine out there for creating complex, lifelike environments, and it has allowed us to recreate some of the world’s most beautiful courses, as well as create some new ideas of our own. Also, for the first time ever we’re offering a game that’s completely free of load times after you start your round, allowing you to move seamlessly from one green to the next tee without breaking immersion.”
"The technology driving EA SPORTS PGA TOUR opens up so many new opportunities," said Denise Humphreys, PGA TOUR Senior Director of Partnerships. "Two of our favorite new features are the ability to play from hole to hole with no load time, plus having views of the entire course, allowing the gamer a more real-world experience."
This newfound freedom will come in handy not just for PGA TOUR courses fans know and love, but also in the new fantasy courses that will make their debut in EA SPORTS PGA TOUR. Why take two shots to get a ball around a beached battleship in the Battlefield Paracel Storm course when you can fire a ball right at the bow, bounce it off the deck and land on the green in one?
“One of my favorite things about the game is discovering new shortcuts and alternate routes to the hole on fantasy courses,” stated Nielsen. “Players are encouraged to wander off the beaten path and find new roads to success. Now that the entire course is open at all times you are as free to be as creative and imaginative as you want in your pursuit of a low score.”
EA SPORTS PGA TOUR is developed in Orlando, Florida by EA Tiburon and will be available in Spring 2015 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
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