When it comes to golf, The Masters at Augusta National is considered the pinnacle. And for golf video games, it’s a rarity. First captured in 2011’s PGA Tour, the official course hasn’t been featured since 2013. That will change in a big way with EA’s PGA Tour releasing later this year.
The Master Tournament and the Augusta National Course will be heavily featured in the game, and will be available at launch.
In addition to being the home of the Masters Tournament, EA SPORTS PGA TOUR is the only video game where fans can compete at all four of golf’s major championships: the Masters Tournament, PGA Championship, U.S. Open Championship, and The Open Championship. Golf fans can live out a legendary career as they authentically compete at THE PLAYERS Championship, FedExCup Playoffs, and strive to complete a career grand slam, while experiencing the unique atmosphere and venues of each tournament.
As we previously covered, PGA Tour will be using the new Frostbite engine iteration that is also being tapped for Battlefield 6. Thus we fully expect a gorgeous game with some of the most realistic scenery we’ve ever seen in a golf game. What’s most impressive however, is the lengths to which the development team is capturing the details.
In close collaboration with Augusta National, EA SPORTS has worked meticulously to capture the course and traditions of the Masters. Inspired by Augusta National’s own mission of innovation and improvement, EA SPORTS employed first of its kind aerial scanning to collect millions of data points, previously inaccessible in golf games, to recreate the unparalleled beauty of Augusta National authentically in the game. At launch, the game’s exciting ‘Road to the Masters’ content will deliver players the prestige of competing in the Masters Tournament, plus additional experiences exclusive to Augusta National.
We’re very much looking forward to this. While golf games are certainly not everyone’s cup of tea, there’s something peaceful about relaxing and playing a round. We really hope PGA Tour makes a triumphant return later this year.