Tiger Woods to play another six with EA

Electronic Arts ropes in recognizable golfer for half a dozen more years of Tiger Woods PGA Tour games.

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Tiger Woods is currently the number-one-ranked golfer in the world but is only fourth on the list for money earned so far in 2006. Thirty-three days into the year, the 30-year old hasn't even amassed 1 million dollars yet. But don't pull out your checkbooks. Woods also happens to be one of the most recognizable athletes in the world and makes a killing off of endorsements. Nike, American Express, Buick, and others all keep his wallet overflowing.

Another company financially linked to Woods is game publisher Electronic Arts, which puts out the Tiger Woods PGA Tour games for almost every console. During today's company earnings report, EA revealed that it has no plans to let this Tiger loose. The publisher announced that it has signed Woods to six more years of using the golfer's name and likeness in its series of links games. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

EA didn't have to acquire the exclusive rights to the PGA Tour to dominate the golf game market. The game is routinely the best-selling golf game each year, far outdriving its competitors. The most recent addition to the franchise is Tiger Woods PGA Tour 06, which was released on the PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, PSP, PC, and Xbox 360 late last year.

For more information on the Tiger Woods franchise, check out a review of 2006's PlayStation 2 version.

Discussion

40 comments
laversn
laversn

Want to have more fun with this golf series ... Get this... http://www.electricspin.com/ ...it's a golf Sim Launchpad that you hit with your clubs ...as it contols your shots as if it was the mouse, but you are using your real clubs and hiting a real golf ball on the built in truff. I bought it and it makes the game more real and the fun factor goes right up. I hook up a big set of speakers in my back yard and run a 19" LCD monitor off my laptop and SWING away! I have been hosting competitions around my area ... pretty cool stuff!!! ....I'm so glad there are 6 more of these games coming out! Later.... Nels.

arjnav
arjnav

this just means another six years of marginally improved sequels. yey!.....not.

35mmfilm
35mmfilm

What are they going to to do besides maybe boost the graphics some more?!?!? And frankly you can only make the same game so many times.

ninfan4life
ninfan4life

dam ea started strong wit titles like NFS Fight Night Street v1 v2 and v3 but now dey jus sukin @$$

Tozmanian
Tozmanian

I think you guys are being a little to hard on EA and TW06. Sure, the game hasn't changed all that much in the past 3 years but the gameplay and online play are still second to none. This game will only improve radically if something challenges it and as far as I can tell, there is nobody close. Think I'll go play another round. CYA

albatross77
albatross77

33 days into the year and the 30-year old hasn't even amassed 1 million dollars yet??????? He's only 4th on the money list????? Maybe you'd want to mention that Tiger took the first month off, has only played in one tournament...and oh yeah...he won the tournament......I think everything is OK with Tiger's game!!!! Brutal Article!!!

Stratos53
Stratos53

EA Needed to expand the 05 server, and still need to for 06.. I got burned out on both... and once online..all the rooms are overloaded... It seems EA dont care about some things..

mikethemonkey
mikethemonkey

The last game kinda sucked. I'm not sure if this is good news or not!

Tetelestia
Tetelestia

Better news would have been 6 new courses available for download for the 360 Tiger Woods.

Raven87
Raven87

EA should really take better care of their own staff, and stop giving this guy more money. Im still happily still giving those balls a good beating on 05. Cant really see myself buying 06 through 12. All this as they slowly suck the life out of critereon and DICE. Who keeps giving them all this money.

tbonetrav18
tbonetrav18

hmmm..I'd rather take a nap. not that exciting of a seies

PazUSA
PazUSA

...and then there are these exciting EA titles in development: Tiger Woods Golf / Football Crossover, Lord of The 18th Hole: An Epic Golf Playing RPG, Tiger Woods PGA Burnout, Medal of Honor: Cablanasian Invasian (kind of like Pacific Assault with Tiger), Battlefield 3; St. Andrews (tiger defends the lauded golf course from Extremeist Muslim terrorist invaders), and finally...Harry Potter & Tiger Woods in The Putter of Doom. Can't wait to waste my $60 on these!

PazUSA
PazUSA

YAWN!!!! Boring, recycled, lame old franchises from "CHallenge Nothing" EA. I'm waiting for the first exciting release of TIGER WOODS STREET 2006, Medal of Honor Tiger WSoods Storms The beaches, and Need for Speed: Tiger Woods Golf Cart Challenge. What a boring, lazy bunch of slackers at EA!

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

that's risky......who says he'll be good in 6 years? :)

Jahalo
Jahalo

Yes, these games have been quite repetative, but I am still a fan. If the game has improved this much since '04 though, wait and see what it will look like in 2012. Imagine what all games will be like in 2012. Or even what consoles we will be using. Look where we were just 15 years ago, 10 years ago, or even last week. I expect a great deal of improvement upon the Tiger Woods' Franchise.

jtbudda
jtbudda

cant get enuf of tiger!!!

LOLO_BOND
LOLO_BOND

they already divided ea sports, ea games, ea big, ect

cyprus646
cyprus646

When will this madness stop EA i beg of you stop making franchise games there the same ones each and every year i dont see the diff between tiger woods golf 06 and 05 . Then they wonder y there losing money i kno why cuz ur producing the same crap over and over and over again.Come up with somthing original!!!!!

Dutch_Mix
Dutch_Mix

I like the Tiger Woods games so good news I guess...

8bitantichrist
8bitantichrist

Will Tiger Woods even have a career in another six years?

vincentrulez
vincentrulez

how much is he making from this deal ..................tell me please

i_love_my_ds
i_love_my_ds

woohoo! now EA can make crappy games and still get money because theres no competition left!

Public_loser
Public_loser

oh, optimusv, have we no shame? you actually called ea one of the best publishers? why would you go and do something like that? these people rehash the same game every year and people like you go out and spend 50 bux on it everytime... as soon as they get competition that has proved... um... to be actually good... they go and buy the rights to the nfl so they don't have to worry for many many years... they havn't made a good game in a long time... yes they've PUBLISHED some, but that really doesn't say much for them.... even worse is madden is the top selling game of the year.... twice... curses you all.... i'm sure you're one of the people who thinks the fight night demo is god jesus and you have found the messiah in ea, but notice that it's exactly the same as round 2, cept they smoothed up a bit, and made it prettier, but you notice, as ea does, they rehashed almost everything in that game, you clip his jaw, you watch his jaw go to the right and spit come out, you hit him with an uppercut, you watch his jaw go to the right and spit come out, as you hit him over the head, not only do you watch his jaw go to the right and spit come out, you notice the glove clipping through his skull.... yeeeeeeeeeah... pretty it may be(if you wanna consider 2 sweaty muscular mean pretty) it's not as impressive as you may have originally viewed it... oh well... there's always criterion(if you ignore black... originally "pretty", now another shameful ea title...) BURNOUT!!!

limpbizkit818
limpbizkit818

what if tiger starts to play bad in 4 years............. o well guess he is still on the cover.

bdub20791
bdub20791

yep, as ea gets bigger, the games just get worse...

Lauryn2000
Lauryn2000

*Sigh* Hopefully the game will get better,seems like they're going backwards.

Mindphaser
Mindphaser

EA needs to break up into seperate companies.

xxPantherxx
xxPantherxx

will this mean that if EA spends time on the sequal now, will we have shinier golf balls as the new feature?

frankeyser
frankeyser

do any of you remember the tiger woods game where you could control the ball all jedi forceish... now that was a fun game. i just loved zooming around and getting holes in one everytime.

Optimusv2
Optimusv2

It was a rushed title ea will be one of the best publishers around coming this year as more and more devs get a handle on the 360.

THF2
THF2

Hooray for marginally improved sequels!

sgtsaville
sgtsaville

Hopefully this means that Tigerwoods 07 will be better cause it stunk on 360.

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

thats good news to hear.I hope the next ones can be better then the ones out right now.