EA Sports PGA Tour was announced back in 2021 and now, flash forward a couple of years later and the longtime golf series makes its return for the first time since 2015 when Rory McIlroy PGA Tour was released.
The big feature of the game is the return of The Masters and Augusta National which make their way back into the game for the first time since Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14. In fact, the hollowed grounds of Augusta will once again grace the game’s cover.
Aside from The Masters; the PGA Championship, US Open, and Open Championship are all part of the fold as well giving you the opportunity to win the Grand Slam, an achievement only accomplished by six golfers in their careers (Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, and Gene Sarazen with Jones winning all four in one season).
EA Sports PGA Tour will also feature 30 courses from the jump, including Augusta, St. Andrews, Pebble Beach, and newcomers like The Country Club, Tara Iti, and Top of the Rock. They wanted to make sure each course felt like they would in the real world. So this means that the ball will react to the different types of grass. This is all part of the game’s new “Pure Strike” feature.
Pure Strike uses Trackman to accurately replicate the swings of the pros while also making sure shot types and courses are realistic too. EA put out a trailer discussing all of these things while revealing the gameplay.
The game will be available on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC. This will be one of the few games in franchise history that will be exclusive to next-gen systems. It seems like the smart thing to do as well, as this allows the devs to take full advantage of the technology that’s presented to them.
It also likely takes a bit of pressure off of the dev team too, knowing that they can focus solely on one generation. This can allow them to look into every little detail with care. We shall see how the final product turns out as we tee it up in the Spring.
EA Sports PGA Tour will be dropping on March 24, with both a Standard and Deluxe Edition. For gamers who get the Deluxe Edition, you’ll be able to play the game three days early. EA has made Early Access a staple of sorts and the trend continues here.