Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 teeing off in June, online open beta starts today

EA Sports to continue console partnership with scandal-rocked golf great; free preview of browser-based title features six courses, Facebook integration.

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Tiger Woods may have taken an indefinite hiatus from golf in the wake of his extramarital affairs becoming public, but the superstar athlete won't be dropping out of the public eye entirely. EA Sports today officially announced Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 and launched the open beta testing of its PC counterpart, Tiger Woods PGA Tour Online.

Clearly, EA Sports isn't trying too hard to keep cheaters away from PGA Tour Online.
Clearly, EA Sports isn't trying too hard to keep cheaters away from PGA Tour Online.

Beyond confirming that PGA Tour 11 will once again feature Woods prominently, EA revealed few details. The game launches in June and will apparently be skipping the PSP and PlayStation 2 this year, as EA confirmed versions only for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, and iPhone.

Developed by EA Tiburon, Tiger Woods PGA Tour Online will feature an initial assortment of six courses, with the developer hoping to add an extra one every month, in addition to other upgrades and features.

The beta allows users access to all 18 holes on each of the first six courses and also includes features like sponsorships, character progression, and Facebook integration. When the browser-based game is officially launched later this year, it will use a subscription-based business model with multiple tiers to suit different players.

For more on Tiger Woods PGA Tour Online, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of the game, or visit EA's official Web site to sign up for the beta or try a three-hole demo.

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