Several months ago, EA Sports let the biggest name on their label go when Tiger Woods was released from the company. Now EA will resume making golf games as EA Sports PGA Tour will be making its debut in the spring of 2015.
Judging by the game’s trailer, Ian Poulter could very well be the new face of the game (Although Rory Mcilroy is usually in the game so I don’t see why he couldn’t be the face). Zynga, the popular mobile gaming company has signed a deal with Tiger to create a mobile style golf game according to USA Today.
The partnership between Zynga and Tiger is a multiyear deal in which the game will launch in 2015.
“We perceive him to be the most iconic athlete in the world,” says Zynga CEO Don Mattrick according to USA Today. “When he’s participating and competing, everyone watches and pays attention.”
It’ll be interesting to see how well Tiger and Zynga work together on this game. To be honest though, as a huge golf game fan, I was hoping Tiger would have signed with 2K Sports so 2K could FINALLY make a golf game.
That would been a whole lot of fun! For all of us that game, we would be sleeping with three golf games by our side. Those games being EA PGA Tour, The Golf Club and 2K golf but instead, no 2K golf and we have to sleep next our phones…with the game on.
Although The Golf Club looks to be digital only so would have to either put your laptop next to you or your PS4/Xbox One controller. This is a solid move for Tiger though because there are a lot of people that are on the go and want to get their golf fix on the road.
Plus, it would also be a great price because mobile games are pretty darn affordable instead of dishing out to typical $60 for a console based game. At the same time, it was a terrific opportunity for the most well-known athlete in the world to go up to 2K Sports who make fantastic basketball games and say “Hey, I’m interested in making a golf game with you guys”.
Would have made the golf game community go crazy as it would go from a two game race (EA PGA and The Golf Club) to a three game race. Something never truly seen before in the golf game industry but you never know, maybe Tiger will shock us down the road.
For now, this may be a nice consolation prize. Now if only the game comes out for the Windows 8 store, that would be a great for all of the laptop users out there!
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Hall of Fame golfer and soon to be golf broadcaster for Fox Sports, Greg Norman is taking his talents to the video game world. Greg, a two-time British Open champion, who has a golf course designing company which has found tons of success since 1987, will team up with upcoming golf game “The Golf Club” which is developed by HB Studios, a developer that has helped EA Sports with numerous games. They were going to develop EA’s latest golf game but EA decided to cancel the game until next year which led to HB creating its own golf game. This was a bold move from the start as HB has a small development team that’s only in the double digits. Now, with this huge partnership with “The Shark”, the game looks to be a true contender in the sports gaming category and a possible threat to EA’s golf game.
Norman’s course designing company has received high praise and is considered the third best course designing company in the world. One of the cool and surprising moves is that Norman and his crew will USE The Golf Club’s course designer themselves to help them build and demo courses for real life use. In other words, any course they design in the game, it will be built in real life. This shows the true power of The Golf Club’s course creator feature, that a legendary company such as the Greg Norman Course Design company would use it to build real life courses. That, my friends, is pretty cool.
The course creator was already into effect for HB’s golf game, and was already a brilliant idea but now the course creator is properly titled the “Greg Norman Course Designer”. This feature is the crown jewel of the game which is why the Greg Norman move is huge. There have already been several courses made through The Golf Club’s original course creator in the Steam Early Access version of the game. In golf, the course is the star, and for HB to develop a beautiful golf game with a course creator and to have one of the top course designing companies in the world as an endorsement is a massive step for HB and this game. I am a sports game junkie and I LOVE a good golf game, especially when it has some of the cool features The Golf Club has.
On a more personal note, and I bet some of you guys could relate to this, I was considering attending school to learn landscape design (For golf courses) as well as the media/journalism business but decided to go to the best school that would help me with my love of the media business. Basically, to you high school kids, choosing a college can be tough sometimes! I never really appreciated golf course design much when I first got into golf because all I wanted to do was get the ball in the freaking hole. However, growing up a bit, I started to appreciate design more and now I don’t just look at courses for the beauty of the surroundings (Although that’s still a huge factor for me) but the design of the courses themselves. With the golf course designer and the smooth looking gameplay, The Golf Club looks ready as it gets closer to launch. Look out sports game world! The Golf Club is on the rise!
As mentioned, you can check out the game right now in Steam Early Access.
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This is TOO funny! Remember the epic EA Sports PGA Tour trailer I showed you? Well, HB Studios who is in the middle of completing The Golf Club, decided to poke fun at EA’s golf title. This has become their official trailer at major video game convention, E3 and it is brilliant and hysterical. If you don’t laugh at the video then I have to question your humor (Hmmm?). First, for those of you who haven’t seen the EA Sports PGA Tour trailer, here it is.
Looks pretty cool right?
Well, HB fired back with authority and came up with a very memorable sports video game trailer in terms of its humor, simplicity and then they show off the beauty of the game as well. Hold on to your spleens! I’m not cleaning for you!
This is going to be a TERRIFIC 2014/2015 for golf gamers everywhere. Get ready!
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