EA Sports has released a teaser trailer for its upcoming PGA Tour game, EA Sports PGA Tour, providing a first look at gameplay. EA kicked things off with a bang, showcasing gameplay of the iconic Masters tournament at Augusta National. It’s been a long time coming, as this is EA’s first golf game since the poorly received Rory McIlroy PGA Tour in 2015.
EA Sports PGA Tour stands out from 2K’s PGA Tour series, in part because it’s the only golf game to feature the Masters (and the other three majors: PGA Championship, US Open, and The Open). The trailer is very short, but it provides a first look at Augusta National in all its glory. Check it out below.
EA Sports PGA Tour launches in Spring 2023 for PS5, Xbox Series X|S and PC. A release date has not been announced, but it’s a safe bet that the game will be released around the time of the Masters in April 2023 to take advantage of the hype and increased interest in golf around that time.
In addition to the four majors, the EA Sports PGA Tour includes what is considered by some to be the fifth major, The Players Championship, as well as the full FedExCup Playoffs and all of its courses. Several real-life golf pros, including Jordan Spieth, will be playable in the game, while real-world brands and sponsors will appear on the EA Sports PGA Tour. Additionally, LPGA events, including the Amundi Evian Championship, will be on the EA Sports PGA Tour, along with some top female pros like Lexi Thompson and Jin-Young Ko.
EA Sports PGA Tour also features a player creation feature, as well as shooting data provided by the ShotLink and TrackMana data systems.
Professional golf is at a crossroads right now, with the new Saudi-backed LIV Golf tournament series competing with the PGA Tour. Thanks to longer paydays, a lighter schedule and a new format, LIV Golf has attracted some PGA Tour players, including big names like Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Brooks Koepa, Cam Smith and Sergio Garcia, among others.
What impact this drama has on EA Sports PGA Tour and PGA Tour 2K23 is unknown. For the 2K game, the studio has confirmed that any PGA Tour 2K23 pro who later switches to LIV will not be removed from the game. Exactly how EA handles the LIV situation is unknown at this stage.
2K’s own PGA Tour 2K23 is scheduled for release on October 14th, but the more expensive versions of the game unlock today, October 11th.
Confirmed EA Sports PGA Tour courses (from October 2022)
- Augusta National Golf Club
- Pebble Beach Golf Links
- Southern Hills Country Club
- Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s Ocean Course
- Torrey Pines
- The Country Club in Brooklyn, Massachusetts
- The Old Course at St Andrews Links
- Evian Resort Golf Club in Évian-les-Bains, France
- TPC Southwind
- Wilmington Country Club
- East Lake Golf Club
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