Xbox One, PS4, and PC golf sim features procedurally generated courses, minimal load times

HB Studios' The Golf Club launching this spring for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

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Golf fans were dealt a blow last year when it was revealed that EA's PGA Tour series would skip a release in 2014, but as it turns out, there will be a new golf game this year. HB Studios, a Canadian independent developer behind various EA Sports titles, has announced The Golf Club, a new "next-gen" golf game due out this spring for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

Perhaps most notably, The Golf Club aims to deliver a fully featured golf experience with negligible load times. You won't wait through any load times whatsoever between holes, while switching courses will require only a "minimal" load time.

"Sitting watching a loading bar for minutes as you wait for a game to load and half a minute between holes can be miserable," HB Studios said. "Rapid access is behind every design decision made on this game."

Another notable feature for The Golf Club is its procedurally generated golf courses. Instead of offering virtual depictions of real-world courses (which would involve licensing), HB Studios has created a system through which an "infinite" number of courses can be available to players.

You can read more about The Golf Club's procedural generation algorithm at the game's website.

The Golf Club's list of features also includes multiplayer online play, tours and tournaments, a course editor, and a control system described as "intuitive." A closed beta for The Golf Club will launch "in the coming weeks," while an open beta period will follow.

Also of note, HB Studios made no mention of an arrangement with the PGA Tour whatsoever for The Golf Club, so don't expect to see familiar faces like Tiger Woods (who EA dropped as its star athlete last year) or Bubba Watson in the game.

Discussion

39 comments
hadlee73
hadlee73

Not sure just how different golf courses are going to be when procedurally generated. There's only so much you can do with each hole without causing an imbalance with the scoring of the course.

deadpen
deadpen

Fell asleep twice while trying to read this, really felt like I was watching golf.

Moonco
Moonco

Shame we will never get to hear Tiger Woods say "where the white women at?" after getting a hole in one

jer_1
jer_1

Wow, very nice idea. I really hope this turns out as great as it sounds! Haven't owned a golf game in years, so this would be a great addition to my small PS4 collection.

justerthought
justerthought

Definitely interested in this game for PS4. Procedurally generated courses could mean endless courses to play, extending the games replay value. That would be awesome as long as the generated courses make sense in terms of being playable and don't all end up looking similar. All these games where you build your characters face always end up looking like the same guy at different stages of his life. That's the problem with a limited tool set and then randomly mixing those tools. Lets hope the procedural algorithms utilise wide variety of assets. 

I hope it succeeds because I love the idea and will buy it if all goes well.

mickyfinn84
mickyfinn84

Sounds great, fed up with the same courses every year in EA's PGA tour games.

lonesamurai1
lonesamurai1

Just seeing that this is going to be on consoles makes me know that this golf game will suck unless PC version has keyboard and mouse support which I hope it will.

Buck_Swaggler
Buck_Swaggler

Randomized golf courses.  This is first golf game to seriously spark my interest.

King9999
King9999

Sounds interesting, and this is coming from someone who rarely plays sports games.

dribblesbarbax
dribblesbarbax

I'm sure modders on the PC will rectify the lack of real world courses.

Tubatica
Tubatica

My wishlist for this game:

Custom players

Custom tournaments

Custom courses


Make all of these things sharable and let the community make the entire PGA tour including players and courses.  I wonder if this would cause licensing issues.  I don't see how it would since games like Little Big Planet have a lot of levels based on movies and things.

pyro1245
pyro1245

I like proceduraly generated things

Arthas045
Arthas045

On it!!!!


(Throws money at the monitor)

pszone
pszone

you can buy game or watch it by on ps4 stream for free.

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

When i look back, I had most fun with golf games that had no official licence.
Never liked PGA Tour Golf.

Phrase_Universe
Phrase_Universe

I cannot wait to play this game. Dat course editor really has me interested. 

Riddick123
Riddick123

My favorite golfing experience.  My cousin and I were waiting for the people in front of us to finish up.  Yes they took awhile but whatever.  Guys in back of us decided to start driving our direction anyway.  Grabbed my 2 iron, as did my cousin, and we launched them right back.  No more problem.

GSGuy321
GSGuy321

On PC with Oculus Rift could be amazing experience.

deadpeasant
deadpeasant

This sounds like it might actually be a great golf game. Hopefully the gameplay is up to scratch to go with the infinite golf courses. It could be a laugh for online play to.

modernoracle
modernoracle

If this works with the Optishot peripheral, I'm sold!

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

Best golf Video game i have ever played was the PGA tour on my sega genesis. The later one that came out on Xbox with Tiger Woods I hated because you have to unlock abilities. Not only that you could curve the ball Mid-air instead of it being determined by how you strike the ball. After that game i quit buying them . That was another Series EA destroyed.

KBABZ
KBABZ

Golf course editor? Maybe now I can make that Par 1 lava waterfall hole I always sketched in my doodle books of doom!

jer_1
jer_1

@lonesamurai1 Dude, why would it suck just because it's on console? That's a bit of a lame reason if I've ever heard one. 


There are awesome games on console and PC, they aren't mutually exclusive.

justerthought
justerthought

@MateykoSlam

Yes it's me. I've got the money ready and waiting. I'm moving forward on PS4 and leaving all the broken games with screen tear and jerky frames rates on PS3 :)

justerthought
justerthought

@pszone

Would you rather watch real golf on TV or go and play yourself on a real course. Same difference.

mkeezay22
mkeezay22

@GSGuy321 I was just gonna say that, that would be a pretty cool feature with first person and maybe a golf cart to get to holes just to make it more realistic without slowing down gameplay to much. Even without Rift it will be good to have a decent golf game released on PC again, Tiger Woods Online was horrible and the last console version I really liked was 2006 I think.

jeremyc99999
jeremyc99999

@spartanx169xEXACTLY! I love PGA Tour 2 on the Genesis, it may have only been a 3 click system but it required good timing, unlike these Tiger Woods games. I still play it every now and again.

lonesamurai1
lonesamurai1

@jer_1Using a controller on a golf game sucks like crap, there's simply no precision like keyboard and mouse.

hammr25
hammr25

@lonesamurai1@jer_1How bout using Kinect or the Playstation Eye to play the game instead of just sitting at a computer?

jer_1
jer_1

@lonesamurai1 @jer_1 Actually I quite liked using the thumbsticks to control the swing. It's quite similar to an actual swing with a club. Sure a mouse is more accurate but if you're really swinging a club you're not entirely accurate unless you're a good golfer...which I'm not.


Either way I could use both and not complain at all.