When EA Sports’ next-generation PGA TOUR video game returns in the spring of 2022 after a seven-year hiatus, it will feature a major women’s championship as well as playable LPGA golfers in addition to the four major men’s tournaments.
The LPGA’s Amundi Evian Championship joins the Masters, US Open, PGA Championship and Open Championship in-game, giving players the opportunity to experience its host course, the Evian Resort Golf Club, which is nestled at the foot of the Alps and offers spectacular views of nearby Lake Geneva and the surrounding snow-capped mountains. As part of EA’s long-term partnership with the LPGA, players will also have the option of competing as one of the many existing golfers on tour or creating their own female golfer to participate in a series of challenges on the golf course. theme of LPGA, amateur tournaments and professional events. This is the first time that the LPGA Tour will be featured in next-generation high-fidelity gaming consoles.
“This partnership illustrates our commitment to growing golf and our desire to foster a more diverse and welcoming community,” said Jenny Martin, Senior Producer on EA SPORTS PGA TOUR, who advocated for greater representation of women in the game and in EA franchises. . “I can’t wait for our players to experience this truly authentic women’s golf experience when the game launches next spring. ”
To better represent diversity across golf and create an authentic experience, Martin and the development team have worked for over a year with a group of golf professionals and broader creative advice on all aspects of golf development. game, from design to audio, visual, golf trends. and manufacturing. One of that team is former professional golfer Iona Stephen, a GOLF TV and SkySports host who joins EA’s commentary team as the first female course commentator in the game’s history.
“I am incredibly excited that EA Sports PGA TOUR has presented a vision to represent female athletes and the LPGA in the game,” said Stephen. “My goal in helping EA is to give women the satisfaction of playing a quality game of golf while seeing themselves in different ways that go beyond a handful of female character models. ”
Jin Young Ko, who won the 2019 Evian Championship and is the No. 2 golfer in the world, will be among the LPGA Tour athletes available to play when the game is introduced next year, with a timing likely to coincide with the Masters Tournament in April. More LPGA players will be announced at a later date.
EA Sports golf games were produced from 1990 to 2014, with Tiger Woods having its name on the franchise from 1999 to 2013.