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Tuesday, January 4, 2011
EA Sports announces 'Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters'


Tiger Woods
Gamers can finally take Tiger to the Masters in his new video game.

Whether you're talking to golf gamers or golf game creators, the most requested feature by far is the same -- the ability to play the Masters.

Well, after years of negotiations between EA Sports and the Augusta National Golf Club, EA Sports announced today that a deal has finally been reached, and the Masters will officially be unveiled in the upcoming game, "Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters."

Time to win me a virtual green jacket.

According to the game's press release, new features will include:

  • Broadcast Presentation: Feel the emotion of every swing as called by the all-new commentary team of Jim Nantz and David Feherty, who headline a completely revamped TV broadcast presentation package.

  • New Players: Over 20 professional golfers to choose from, including Zach Johnson (2007 Masters Champion) and Bubba Watson (2010 Ryder Cup -- Team USA).

  • The Masters Moments: Play through memorable, historic moments as players try to measure up against some of the sport's biggest legends.

  • The Caddie Experience: Caddie's provide strategic advice on everything from shot selection to reading greens, helping players become a more successful golfer.

  • Tiger at the Masters: Relive each of Tiger's four wins at the Masters by attempting to equal or beat his scores in each round of the Tournament.

  • The Closest Thing to Being There: For the first time ever, EA Sports utilized a new state-of-the art laser scanning technology at Augusta National Golf Club to laser scan every hole featured in the game. This will provide players with the most authentic digital representation of the Tournament and Par 3 courses. Every tree, every azalea and every undulation in every green was recreated down to the smallest detail.

  • Career Mode: The all-new career mode will closely mirror the journey of an amateur golfer's rise through the ranks and chase the title of Masters champion.

  • Championship Courses: Take on the best of the best on sixteen of the world's most celebrated courses, including Augusta National Golf Club, Royal Melbourne Golf Club (Australia), Atlanta Athletic Club, TPC San Antonio, St Andrews Links and Pebble Beach Golf Links.

    Adds Tiger Woods: "There are many new and unique elements in the game that will make everyone feel like they're really competing at Augusta National. This is great for the sport and will connect a new audience with the Masters, a tournament I've been fortunate to experience since 1995. Continually growing the visibility of golf is important to attracting newcomers to the sport, and I agree that showcasing the Masters Tournament in the game will bring an entirely new dimension to that approach."

    Look for the game to swing into stores in North America on March 29, with a worldwide release planned for April 1 for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii.