When PGA Tour 2K21 got here out a yr in the past, there was loads of pleasure in regards to the return of a serious golf online game franchise, the primary since EA Sports activities pulled the plug on Rory McIlroy PGA Tour again in 2015. That McIlroy recreation was the pivot from the long-standing and wildly profitable Tiger Woods PGA Tour recreation and solely obtained one yr earlier than EA gave up on the franchise.
2K’s model of a PGA Tour online game tabbed HB Studios, the creators of The Golf Membership, to successfully broaden their golf gaming universe right into a PGA franchise, and the primary version was a hit, even when not a recreation on the size of these previous Tiger Woods video games. A part of that was by design, as they put issues collectively shortly and the prolonged course scanning course of restricted what number of actual programs they may get into the sport. Nonetheless, one would anticipate a relatively massive growth for his or her subsequent version, notably following the information that the franchise has inked an unique partnership cope with Woods — a deal that was agreed upon prior to his scary car accident.
“I’m trying ahead to creating my return to the online game panorama, and with 2K and HB Studios, I’ve discovered the suitable companions to make it occur,” stated Tiger Woods in January. “I’m honored to participate on this alternative and sit up for sharing my experience and insights as we construct the way forward for golf video video games collectively.”
2K can be buying HB Studios, relatively than merely partnering with them, which hopefully means extra sources and the power to essentially broaden the sport, notably on the PGA profession mode aspect, to usher in further programs, golfers, and, most significantly, customization and swings. The preliminary recreation had only one swing and didn’t scan in any gamers past their faces, making for a fairly inventory expertise. Given the 2K video games will at all times be in comparison with the previous Tiger video games, it was within the profession mode the place it fell brief probably the most, with a really lackluster rivals mode and sponsorships.
With Woods on board, one would anticipate much more funding into that space, in addition to a neater promote to get different partnerships into the sport — notably with licensing main championships, which weren’t in 2K21, and getting much more gamers and programs on board. We’ll see what all meaning within the coming months, however for now, Tiger Woods is again in online game golf and that’s a very good factor.