Today, EA Sports announced that the PlayStation 3 edition of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 will support the console's upcoming motion controller, believed to be called the "PlayStation Arc." The game will have the functionality despite being released in June--months before the LED wand-and-camera-based system arrives in stores in the fall. The system had originally been planned to launch in the spring.
The publisher did not say whether the PS3 motion support would come via a downloadable patch or be built in to the game, but it did say it would deliver an "authentic interactive swing experience." No mention was made of Project Natal, the rival motion-sensing system launching on the Xbox 360 later this year.
EA Sports also revealed the PS3 and 360 editions of the game will feature an online multiplayer mode based on the Ryder Cup. The game will let up to 24 players play in four-person teams in the biennial tournament's signature events, which alternate shots, fourballs, and singles. Players can either choose the US or European team, which will be respectively represented by Woods and ninth-ranked Northern Irish golfer Rory McIlroy on the game's cover. It is the first time in the series' 11-year history that Woods has had to share the cover with another athlete.
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 will launch in North America on June 8 on the PS3, 360, iPhone, and Wii with Wii MotionPlus support. It is one of the few products to feature the athlete in the wake of his sex scandal, which surfaced Thanksgiving weekend. Since then, Woods became sponsorship kryptonite, with Accenture Consulting, AT&T, Gillette, and Gatorade all dropping him as a spokesperson. However, even though Woods has been absent from the green since November, EA Sports is keeping him front and center of his eponymous golf-sim series.
For more on the Tiger Woods series and EA's support of the athlete, check out GameSpot's recent interview with EA Sports president Peter Moore. For more on the PS3 motion controller, check out the developer diary from Sony Computer Entertainment's Richard Marx below. Also come back to GameSpot at 4 p.m. PST on Wednesday, March 10, for live coverage of Sony's press conference at the 2010 Game Developers Conference.