After an excruciatingly long wait for the much anticipated re-brand of EA Sport’s PGA Tour series, gamers have now been told that they will have to wait a little while longer. Rory McIlroy PGA tour will be released in July to coincide with the 2015 Open Championship, rather than its previously scheduled release date in June.
It has been a while now since EA Sports announced that it would be ending its relationship with Tiger Woods after a very long partnership spanning over 15 years and 16 games. Not long after the game’s inception was the partnership formed where the world’s premier golfer became the face of one of the best golfing games out there. PGA Tour became Tiger Woods PGA Tour back in 1998 and it seemed like that would be the case forever. However, in October 2013, it was revealed that EA would no longer be using Tiger Woods as its namesake. After a lot of speculation over who may be the new poster boy, and a year without an update of the game, in 2014 the developers announced that the next game would be out in 2015. On March 16th 2015 they released the information that the current world number one, McIlroy, would be the new big name behind the franchise.
This game will mark the transition of the series to the new PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles. It has adopted the Frostbite 3 engine for more lifelike environments. This new engine has allowed the developers to recreate some of the world’s most beautiful courses with absolutely stunning scenery. Gamers will never have to go to golf courses in the real world again, with the graphics set to look almost lifelike. The game is set to include courses such as the TPC at Sawgrass, Wolf Creek and even a fantasy course set on the Battlefield game map; Paracel Storm.
After waiting for such a long time for the new release, some gamers may be a little frustrated. Try to be patient, the extra time will give the developers chance to fine tune it and make it as good as they possibly can. Another bonus is the fact that it will be released at the same time as the Open Championship, so golf enthusiasts will be able to immerse themselves in the sport on all platforms. They will be able to watch the real thing on T.V and then play out the same scenarios on the game.
While we’re on the subject of the Open Championship, will the current world number one and new poster boy for the games be able to retain his title? McIlroy won it last year, making himself a four-time major champion, and betfair have him at 4/1 to make it five when this article was produced. Woods is third favourite at 12/1. If he won, would that make McIlroy unworthy of being the video game’s namesake?
Whatever the outcome of the Open Championship, if you don’t like it you can replay it on the game until you get the desired result. This is one of the joys of playing sports video games. Also, if you’re bored of the seriousness of it all, why not switch the game into arcade mode where you can do crazy things like adjust the ball’s power and spin in mid-air.
It’s been a long wait but gamers will soon be able to breathe a sigh of relief, and check out the re-brand of one of the most successful golf games ever. With it coinciding with the Open championship, it’s time to live and breathe golf. After all, that’s what summer’s about, isn’t it?