EA Sports drops Tiger Woods name from next-gen golf games
Electronic Arts and Tiger Woods have come to a mutual decision to end their partnership for the long-running Tiger Woods PGA Tour series of golf games, the publisher announced today.
EA is developing a golf title for next-generation consoles as well as mobile platforms, and will continue to work with the PGA Tour organization for those games.
“We’ve always been big fans of Tiger and we wish him continued success in all his future endeavors,” said Daryl Holt, vice president and general manager of golf for EA Sports, in a post on EA’s The Beat blog. “Moving forward, we will continue to work with the PGA Tour exclusively to create groundbreaking golfing titles and our partnership remains strong.”
Holt also provided the first images of EA’s next-generation golf game: a screenshot of the in-development version as it currently exists, and a capture of the developers’ visual target. You can see both images below.
EA released 16 main Tiger Woods titles under its arrangement with the golfer — one every year from Tiger Woods PGA Tour 99 in 1998 through Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14 in 2013.
Kotaku reported earlier this year that the Tiger Woods franchise, which is developed at EA’s Tiburon studio outside of Orlando, Fla., was taking 2014 off and would return in 2015. EA later said that it was not planning to release a new Tiger Woods title before April 2014; the company’s current schedule for the series is unclear.
The next-generation version of PGA Tour will run on the EA Sports Ignite engine, like all of the company’s sports titles for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.