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What happened to the Tiger Woods video game? Why EA Sports ditched the iconic PGA Tour title and when it could return

Tiger Woods has long been the face of golf. With his distinctive punch, fierce backswing and that signature Sunday red polo shirt, Woods brought the game of golf to living rooms across the country.

Woods then became the face of the sport’s flagship video game, signing a multi-year deal to lend his name and likeness to EA Sports’ “PGA Tour” series. The original “Tiger Woods 99 PGA Tour Golf”, released for PC and PlayStation 1 in 1998, helped establish EA Sports as the preeminent force in sports video gaming across the globe.

In 2002, the game added an analog swing feature. The 2003 iteration of the game, widely regarded as one of the greatest sports video games of all time, took the series into a different stratosphere. Backed by the mellow tones of DMX’s iconic anthem, “Up In Here”, the game was packed with immersive features. Game Face allowed players to create every element of their character’s likeness, from facial hair to the hat players wore on the course.

The franchise continued to enjoy steady support as the game transitioned to next-gen consoles. By some estimates, EA Sports sold over 25 million copies of the “Tiger Woods PGA Tour” games, a sign of Woods’ popularity at his peak.

Why did EA Sports stop making Tiger Woods PGA Tour?

The game remained consistent throughout the Xbox 360/Playstation 3 era, releasing a new version every year. While the fanfare waned as the series entered its final stages, the franchise continued to innovate. A legacy mode was featured in “Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13”, allowing players to play as Tiger Woods at different points in his career. The release of “Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14” introduced the LPGA.

Woods was dropped as the game’s namesake after the release of “Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14” and replaced with Rory McIlroy, whose name and likeness appears in “Rory McIlroy’s PGA Tour”, released in the summer of 2015.

EA walked away from golf games after the release of “Rory McIlroy’s PGA Tour”, forgoing its licensing agreement with the PGA Tour in 2018.

When was the last Tiger Woods video game?

“Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14″ was the last Tiger Woods video game to be released, in March 2013. EA Sports then dropped Woods in favor of Rory McIlroy, who graced the cover of EA Sports’ next golf game, ” Rory McIlroy’s PGA Tour”. .”

Is the Tiger Woods game coming back?

In 2021, 2K Sports announced a long-term partnership with Woods, setting the stage for Woods to return to consoles across the country.

“I look forward to making my return to the gaming landscape, and with 2K and HB Studios, I have found the right partners to make it happen,” Woods said in a statement released by 2K. “I am honored to be part of this opportunity and look forward to sharing my expertise and insights as we build the future of golf video games together.”

When will the next golf video game be released?

PGA Tour 2K21, published by 2K Sports, has brought golf video games back to store shelves. The game, which featured Justin Thomas as the cover athlete, received generally positive reviews, with GameSpot’s Steven Petite saying the game offers “the most realistic and pure golf experience in a game to date”.

Meanwhile, in March 2021, EA Sports announced plans to reboot the series. The franchise, now titled “EA Sports PGA Tour”, is expected to release on “next-gen platforms” sometime next year.

List of Tiger Woods video games

Game Platform
Golf Tiger Woods 99 PGA Tour PlayStation 1, PC
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2000 Playstation 1, PC, Game Boy Color
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2001 Playstation 1, Playstation 2, PC
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2002 Playstation 2, PC, Game Boy Advance
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003 Playstation 2, PC, Gameboy Advance, Gamecube, Xbox
2004 Tiger Woods PGA Tour Playstation 2, PC, Gameboy Advance, Gamecube, Xbox
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005 Playstation 2, PC, Gamecube, Xbox, PSP, Nintendo DS
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2006 Playstation 2, PC, Gamecube, Xbox, Xbox 360, PSP
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2007 Playstation 2, Playstation 3, PC, Xbox, Xbox 360, Wii, PSP
2008 Tiger Woods PGA Tour Playstation 2, Playstation 3, PC, Xbox 360, Nintendo DS, Wii, PSP
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2009 Playstation 2, Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, PSP
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2010 Playstation 2, Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, PSP
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2011 Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, Mobile
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2012 Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, Mobile, PC
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2013 PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2014 PlayStation 3, Xbox 360