EA Sports splits with Tiger Woods, sticks with PGA Tour
The ''Tiger Woods PGA Tour'' golf game series from EA Sports has been a consistent best-seller for almost a decade and a half, but the company announced on Monday that it and the superstar golfer are going their separate ways.
EA Sports and Woods have made ''a mutual decision to end our partnership, which includes Tiger's named PGA Tour golf game,'' the company said on its official blog. ''We've always been big fans of Tiger and we wish him continued success in all his future endeavors.''
EA Sports gave no reason for the split, and the Woods camp didn't issue any comment, either. However, the end of the partnership doesn't mean the end of EA Sports' presence in the golf game arena. Moving forward, the company will ''continue to work with the PGA Tour exclusively to create groundbreaking golfing titles,'' it said, stressing that their partnership remains strong.
The company hinted that it is ''working on a new approach'' for future games, responding to gamers' request for ''more choice and customization in how and where they play.'' Without providing any details about future releases, EA Sports said ''we think you'll love it.''
The photo above is the first screenshot of EA Sports' next-generation golf game currently in development.
The current ''Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14,'' which became available last spring, includes several breakthroughs, including a Legends of the Majors mode that allows players to compete against greats like Jack Nicklaus and Bobby Jones. With the end of the partnship, 2014 will mark the first year since 1999 that EA will not publish a Tiger Woods golf game.
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