For the past few months, EA SPORTS’ long-time golf franchise – Tiger Woods PGA TOUR, has been in a state of flux as they’ve geared up to take on a new console generation come this November. While much wasn’t confirmed on EA’s side of things, Owen Good reported in the spring that the series would be taking a year hiatus to focus on next generation consoles. After the announcement, communication on the title came to a halt and so did the continued work on the latest title – Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 14.
The lack of communication seemed to come to an end yesterday though, as EA SPORTS officially announced that it would be cutting ties and ending their 16 year partnership with golf’s most recognizable figure and title bearer – Tiger Woods. While none of us know what will happen with Tiger Woods as a gaming figure (our own Douglas Veney has his own ideas), we do know however, that a new golf game is being created at Tiburon Studios for what will most likely launch in the spring of 2015 under the possible name of PGA TOUR Golf 16. We also now know, that Tiger Woods will not appear as an in-game character as well.
At this point very little is known about how EA will handle its next release, just that it will continue its partnership with the PGA TOUR and that they will continue to give golf fans what they always loved – authentic courses and players, but also want to focus on “more choice and customization in how and where they play”. What does this mean for the series? Today I’d like to break down my top 5 ideas for where I think the PGA series could go next, and how it can succeed without Tiger’s name and on a new batch of console hardware based on the info EA SPORTS has given us so far.
Some of these ideas are more realistic than others, but please keep in mind that the PGA TOUR series is the one title that could probably take some risks next generation and could re-brand itself completely with a new name change.