EA scores Augusta National for PGA Tour 12

Exclusive club and host to the Masters Tournament to be featured in next installment in Tiger Woods franchise, due out March 29 in North America, April 1 worldwide.

After a lengthy stay on the waiting list, Electronic Arts has finally been admitted to Augusta National Golf Club. The publisher today announced that for the first time in franchise history, a Tiger Woods PGA Tour game will feature Augusta National and the signature tournament it hosts, the Masters.

It's a Tiger Woods game, but you have to look close to realize it.

The inclusion of the course and the tournament is such a big deal for the series that EA is incorporating it into the game's title, confirming that Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters will arrive on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii on March 29 in North America, with a worldwide release following on April 1.

The tournament also looms large over the game's box art, with the name appearing three times on the cover, pushing a smaller Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 logo to the bottom of the packaging. The series' focus has shifted off of Woods somewhat since the golfer's marital transgressions came to light in 2009. Although EA Sports said its relationship with Woods was "unchanged" after the scandal, it included a second golfer on the cover of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 for the first time in the series' history. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 further deemphasizes the titular golfer on its cover, depicting him from the back and at a distance.

According to Augusta National chairman Billy Payne, the golf club and EA have been working for three years to get the course into the Tiger Woods franchise. EA has said it used a new laser scanning technology to faithfully replicate the club's Tournament and Par 3 courses.

The Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the game will feature 16 courses, with Sony's system also receiving a Collector's Edition of the game, which includes an extra five courses at a $10 premium over the standard edition. As in previous years, the Wii edition offers the most holes in one game, with Augusta National and 23 additional courses to play. PGA Tour 12 will also let players relive memorable shots from the Masters' storied history, including Woods' four Green Jacket wins at the tournament.

EA's collaboration with Woods dates back to 1998, when it published Tiger Woods 99 PGA Tour Golf for the PC and original PlayStation. Since then, the series has appeared on every major gaming platform save the Sega Dreamcast, selling millions of copies. The publisher's partnership with the PGA Tour is even longer, dating back to 1991.

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peckie516
peckie516

I have to agree with "badtaker", EA not releasing this for the PC is an outrage. I played TW '08 forever on my PC and have been looking forward to an updated one. Bad form EA Sports!

inline243
inline243

This game will be AMAZING! Why is Gamespot missing all of this great info from all the other sites!!! *New career mode - Work your way up the ladder from the EA tour, Amateur Tour, Nationwide Tour, Q-School, and the PGA Tour. If you're good enough you can even skip the Nationwide Tour. Become the Masters Champion and World #1! *Earn Sponsorships *DLC courses will be folded into career events. *THE MASTERS - Augusta National and the Par 3 Contest! *All new gameplay - Caddie, putting circle, choke down on clubs, first person view Move *New gameplay difficulties - Am, Pro, Tour Pro, and Tournament (sim golf) *The President's Cup *Mid-Round Saves *Import XP from Tiger 11 *New broadcast presentation - Jim Nantz and David Feherty commentary!!! *Tuned Club Distances *Lot's of new golfers like Zach Johnson *Pins and Bag Tags

le_mulot
le_mulot

"The Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the game will feature 16 courses, ... the Wii edition offers Augusta National and 23 additional courses to play." They should also add "and for a cheaper price". That say it all. Pay 70$ to get 21 courses and pay another 7-15$ to get the last 2 ones for a total of 85$ if you want the whole "new" experience? They should at least give a platinum trophy named "Being milked by EA, done".

Kleeyook
Kleeyook

It's been 12 years already and they just got Augusta National Golf Club. But is it really such a big deal to include it to the title?

LeoLex_
LeoLex_

And sorry I gotta get my rant in lol.. i just gotta say i dont agree with EA's policy of every year you having to fork out extra for the additional courses.EA THIS STINKS!!!

LeoLex_
LeoLex_

loved 9 and 10. hated 11, so what should i do OMG!!! lol. my prob with 11 was that i thought that EA had messed around with it too much, taking away little things that i was so gettin used to in the past 2. Ill be checkin this out for sure. I just hope the masters is in with the career, and not a separate mode...

badtaker
badtaker

EA A******* is not releasing this game for PC. Ea is doing monopoly in sports games Ea should be sued

mickyfinn84
mickyfinn84

How long can they get away with releasing the same game every year with only a couple of new courses and if we're lucky a new golfer. Augusta would have been great to play but i'm not buying this again.

Reeray
Reeray

Awesome. I have been waiting so long for the chance to play Augusta.

ChampTKE
ChampTKE

this is kinda cool. i'm not into golf, but i live in augusta, might have to check this one out. i've driven past the national hundreds of times and really only seen it on TV

oneligas
oneligas

i wish golf games had a greens keeper mode that would be the worst ever

geaux321
geaux321

Did EA do something good?

sleepnsurf
sleepnsurf

Day 1 buy for me on the Wii. I actually enjoy this game better on the wii than my 360.

patschamps04
patschamps04

I can't believe Billy Payne and his pretentious, self absorbed, holier than thou, condescending ass to allow his "Sacred" course in this game. How nice of him to join the 21st century and the electronic world. As for Tiger beating also rans, that will change this year since he didn't win a single tournament last year and was beat by some good up and comers. Think the Tiger mystique ship has sailed.

JJMIZZY
JJMIZZY

@Generic_Dude - Last time I checked Jack Nicklaus still has 18 majors to Tiger's 14. So until TW gets his 19th, he's absolutely not even PERHAPS the greatest golfer of all time. Not to mention Tiger has played his whole career against a bunch of mental midgets that cave the second there's any pressure, while Jack had to face the likes of Palmer, Player, Trevino, and Watson. ALL of whom were in THEIR primes at the same time Nicklaus was in his. In my opinion, due to the pathetic level of competition Tiger has won his majors against, and the ASTOUNDING level of competition Nicklaus had to best to win HIS majors, Tiger needs to win about 30 of them before I would grant that he's surpassed Jack as the "greatest of all time."

Colin1192
Colin1192

I bought tiger woods last year and got bored with it rather quickly. Now they are releasing this version not even a full year after the last one, so I expect this to essentially be the same as '11 with Augusta

Mugen76
Mugen76

FINALLY!!! Now I can play Augusta National without risking arrest or having to do something insane, like going without beer or sex for a year!

JJMIZZY
JJMIZZY

I haven't bought the Tiger Woods series for the last three years for THIS VERY REASON. I want a REALISTIC golf sim, and if it didn't include "The Masters" then it ain't realistic. So to see this finally happen is cool as hell. I will DEFINITELY be buying this year's version of the game. That said, it was never EA that was holding this up. It was the dotards at Augusta National. They think their precious course is soooo much better than everyone else's. "A video game? Pish. We won't deign to be included in a petty game." I guess the old buffoon's finally realized that you can either change with the times or get left behind. That, and EA gave them a boatload of cash.

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

Pretty cool, but EA really stepped in it -- they went and made such a terrific golf game with '11 that I don't feel the least bit inclined to upgrade. As far as Tiger's diminished role in the box art, it's a little ridiculous... the guy may be a lousy husband, but he's still the greatest golfer, perhaps, of all time and certainly my lifetime. I mean, if this were OJ Simpson Pro Football '11 or something, then I could see it, but c'mon, EA...

Crashbox45
Crashbox45

Awesome! I LOVE the Masters! It's my favorite golf tourney to watch every year! I'm glad EA put Augusta National in Tiger Woods 12!