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EA Sports PGA TOUR Adds FedEx Cup, Playoff and Events - Will Be Implemented in Career Mode

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EA Sports PGA TOUR Adds FedEx Cup, Playoff and Events - Will Be Implemented in Career Mode

EA has just announced the addition of the FedEx Cup and enhancements to golfer authenticity, via real-life golf data integration, through ShotLink and TrackMan technologies for EA Sports PGA TOUR.

Here are some highlights along with the press release below.

  • FedExCup and FedExCup Playoffs events and courses included in game
    • All three events: FedEx St. Jude Championship, BMW Championship and TOUR Championship
  • FedExCup Playoffs will be implemented into career mode and select challenges
  • Enhanced PGA TOUR golfer authenticity through real-life data used in development
    • First-ever golf video game to incorporate ShotLink data

EA Sports PGA TOUR is scheduled to release in spring 2022 for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S with brand new swing mechanics, including the return of the three click swing.

Today, Electronic Arts Inc. and the PGA TOUR announced upcoming enhancements and additions available at the launch of EA SPORTS PGA TOUR via their long-term partnership. This includes news that the FedExCup, including the Playoffs, will be returning to the game in a grand way through ultra-realistic additions of all three FedExCup Playoffs events and host courses, implementation of the FedExCup Playoffs into career mode and select challenges, and enhanced PGA TOUR golfer authenticity via real-life golf data integrated into the development of the game, which is launching in spring 2022.

“The PGA TOUR is excited that our fans will be able to experience the FedExCup Playoffs and ShotLink powered by CDW on EA SPORTS PGA TOUR,” said Len Brown, PGA TOUR Chief Legal Officer and Executive Vice President, Licensing and Merchandising. “EA SPORTS ensures an authentic and realistic experience as players accumulate points for their chance to compete in their own virtual FedExCup Playoffs.”

All three events that make up the FedExCup Playoffs in 2022 will be playable at launch in EA SPORTS PGA TOUR, which will feature the host courses of the FedEx St. Jude Championship, BMW Championship and TOUR Championship – TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee; Wilmington Country Club in Wilmington, Delaware; and East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia.

PGA TOUR golfers will be authentically replicated in EA SPORTS PGA TOUR like never before with ShotLink® powered by CDW, the PGA TOUR’s proprietary real-time scoring system. ShotLink offers revolutionary data capture technology from every golfer’s shot – measuring digital information from PGA TOUR players and comparing the data with fans playing the video game.

EA SPORTS PGA TOUR is the first-ever golf video game to incorporate ShotLink data, which will provide extensive amounts of data that will be integrated into the game’s development, resulting in accurate player ratings and skills and magnified true-to-life in-game events. TrackMan measurement solution’s data is also being incorporated into the game to add an additional layer of authenticity by allowing EA’s game designers to perfect gameplay and numerous stats such as club tuning.

“Getting my first PGA TOUR win at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational was a culmination of years of hard work and training, and it’s exciting to know that EA SPORTS PGA TOUR players can feel the same thrill that I did winning at TPC Southwind,” said Abraham Ancer, who secured his first PGA TOUR win at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational in early August. “Getting the chance to compete against the best golfers in the world in the FedExCup is a dream experience, and it is incredibly exciting to know that EA SPORTS PGA TOUR players will get to feel the intensity of the tournament on all three authentic host courses.”

True to the real-life PGA TOUR season, players will be able to earn FedExCup points throughout the in-game Career Mode for a chance to make the FedExCup Playoffs, with the top golfers at the end of the year given the opportunity to win the FedExCup. Career mode will also see the return of the Korn Ferry Tour, adding another layer of depth to the game that will allow players to hone their skills before joining the PGA TOUR. The Korn Ferry Tour, the PGA TOUR’s developmental tour, will be a key part of a player’s journey to becoming an expert on EA SPORTS PGA TOUR.

EA SPORTS PGA TOUR is the exclusive home of all four of golf’s major championships: Masters Tournament, PGA Championship, U.S. Open Championship, and The Open. In addition to playing the major championships, golf fans can build a legendary career as they authentically compete at THE PLAYERS Championship in addition to the FedExCup Playoffs, while experiencing the unique atmosphere and venues of each tournament. Players will also be able to compete at The Amundi Evian Championship, one of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour’s five major championships and will have the opportunity to play as several female athletes as well as create a female golfer of their own in the newly overhauled Create-A-Player feature.

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  1. All of this is great. More importantly though how will the game play be? I do NOT want another arcade like golf game with fireballs down the fairway and the ability to steer the ball left and right mid flight.
    Of all the things that PGA The Golf Club did not have, it really had great realistic game play. Its just golf and it should play that way.
    Also one of their tweets says ‘ WHO WILL YOU HAVE WINNING THE TROPHY’? Does that imply the ability to use PGA Pros in career mode?
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    Since I'm thinking about it - updated course list (11 total so far):
    Augusta National Golf Club
    Pebble Beach Golf Links
    Southern Hills Country Club
    Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s Ocean Course
    Torrey Pines
    The Country Club in Brookline, Mass
    The Old Course at St Andrews Links
    Evian Resort Golf Club in Évian-les-Bains, France
    TPC Southwind
    Wilmington Country Club
    East Lake Golf Club
    MrArlingtonBeach
    Since I'm thinking about it - updated course list (11 total so far):
    Augusta National Golf Club
    Pebble Beach Golf Links
    Southern Hills Country Club
    Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s Ocean Course
    Torrey Pines
    The Country Club in Brookline, Mass
    The Old Course at St Andrews Links
    Evian Resort Golf Club in Évian-les-Bains, France
    TPC Southwind
    Wilmington Country Club
    East Lake Golf Club

    If we can get all of Rory 15 courses also, we will really be talking.
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    MrArlingtonBeach
    For what it's worth, 'Rory' had two of these courses that have been announced - East Lake and St Andrews.

    GREAT point. EA has a real opportunity here course wise. If the gameplay is there.... it could be a great game.
    Sent from my iPhone Xs Max
    Everyone is excited about the courses included in this game, but if the game play is not there it won't matter. As I have said before PGA The Golf Club 2019 got two things right. Custom  user made courses and game play that made you feel you are playing real golf.
    If the game is going to be arcade like with fireballs going down the fairway and turning the ball left and right in mid flight forget it.
    Also the ability to create your own course in the game, upload them to the server, and let users download those courses would be a great way to develop a better game community.
    On PGA The Golf Club 2019 there were some great course created. The Bethage Black course is one that comes to mind.
    Deckard75
    Everyone is excited about the courses included in this game, but if the game play is not there it won't matter. As I have said before PGA The Golf Club 2019 got two things right. Custom* user made courses and game play that made you feel you are playing real golf.
    If the game is going to be arcade like with fireballs going down the fairway and turning the ball left and right in mid flight forget it.
    Also the ability to create your own course in the game, upload them to the server, and let users download those courses would be a great way to develop a better game community.
    On PGA The Golf Club 2019 there were some great course created. The Bethage Black course is one that comes to mind.

    Yes, PGA Tour 2K21 and The Golf Club have solid gameplay and a basically unlimited number of courses to play. But there are some issues with that, too.
    For example, certain courses in PGA 2K21 are censored and cannot be searched, like certain Augusta clones and St Andrews replicas. Also, 2K is so devoted to the servers, that if the game is not connected online, you cannot play any of the created courses, play career mode, or publish any new course. It's way too server dependent.
    Also, PGA 2K21 has certain arcade elements, too - 2K21 offers putt preview, ball trails, as well as oversized hats, putters that look like food and flamingos, etc.
    Gameplay wise, 2K and the developers at HB decided that the gameplay in 2K21 needed to be changed 9 months after release. So the way the game played for almost a full year wasn't apparently good enough or something...
    I know EA gets labeled as "arcade" all the time, and in some cases it's valid. But it's not like the other games out there are just such in-depth simulations that have no arcade elements in them whatsoever. Not to mention the fact that the Golf Club/2K golf games have issues, bugs, glitches, etc. that never get fixed.
    MrArlingtonBeach
    Yes, PGA Tour 2K21 and The Golf Club have solid gameplay and a basically unlimited number of courses to play. But there are some issues with that, too.
    For example, certain courses in PGA 2K21 are censored and cannot be searched, like certain Augusta clones and St Andrews replicas. Also, 2K is so devoted to the servers, that if the game is not connected online, you cannot play any of the created courses, play career mode, or publish any new course. It's way too server dependent.
    Also, PGA 2K21 has certain arcade elements, too - 2K21 offers putt preview, ball trails, as well as oversized hats, putters that look like food and flamingos, etc.
    Gameplay wise, 2K and the developers at HB decided that the gameplay in 2K21 needed to be changed 9 months after release. So the way the game played for almost a full year wasn't apparently good enough or something...
    I know EA gets labeled as "arcade" all the time, and in some cases it's valid. But it's not like the other games out there are just such in-depth simulations that have no arcade elements in them whatsoever. Not to mention the fact that the Golf Club/2K golf games have issues, bugs, glitches, etc. that never get fixed.

    This. I can’t stand how much 2k21 is reliant on servers. Also can’t stand the hot dog putters. 2k21 is WAY more arcade than people like to think...
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    Yet more reasons to get excited about this game. I ran out of patience with 2K21 due to its buggy leaderboard, so I need a new golf game to fill the void.
    And about the fears that the gameplay might not be "realistic," tell me: do you want to be shooting 100 every time you play? Because that's what would be "realistic" for most of us. Make certain settings optional, and have a Pro mode like TW14 that makes it extremely difficult for the expert players.
    I am worried we haven’t seen one bit of footage of this, and all course announcement have used their real picture. That usually doesn’t spell good news about a game meeting it’s release date. Was hoping we’d get a least a teaser by now.
    jbd345
    I am worried we haven’t seen one bit of footage of this, and all course announcement have used their real picture. That usually doesn’t spell good news about a game meeting it’s release date. Was hoping we’d get a least a teaser by now.

    Game isnt out for 6+ months yet... I just saw gameplay footage of FarCry 6 yesterday and that releases 10/7/21.
    jbd345
    I am worried we haven’t seen one bit of footage of this, and all course announcement have used their real picture. That usually doesn’t spell good news about a game meeting it’s release date. Was hoping we’d get a least a teaser by now.

    It’s only September 1st. It comes in March.... tons of time left.
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    jbd345
    I am worried we haven’t seen one bit of footage of this, and all course announcement have used their real picture. That usually doesn’t spell good news about a game meeting it’s release date. Was hoping we’d get a least a teaser by now.

    I agree with this, a bit. I have got to think there's some kind of plan to wait to show the game until a bit closer to the date - seems like that's the way game companies do it now.
    They still haven't named any golfers in the game officially, and I'd imagine that would be where they could show some in-game footage. I mean, we are still looking at around 7 months until this thing comes out. PGA 2K21 didn't have any true gameplay footage shown until IGN showed an edited video just 2 months before it came out.
    I really don't see the big deal about mid-air spin and all other arcade stuffs. I'm sure they will have a full arcade mode, I couldn't care less as long as there's something close to a sim mode. I'm sure this EA game will have a full arcade mode, we don't have to play it. Just as the arcade players don't have to play the pro or advanced/sim mode.
    bigkev
    I really don't see the big deal about mid-air spin and all other arcade stuffs. I'm sure they will have a full arcade mode, I couldn't care less as long as there's something close to a sim mode. I'm sure this EA game will have a full arcade mode, we don't have to play it. Just as the arcade players don't have to play the pro or advanced/sim mode.

    Beautifully said. It’s fine as long as there’s other options like tw 14 had. There should be the ability to shoot -18 on on side and +25 on the other end of it. With the ability to adjust anywhere in the middle.
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    bigkev
    I really don't see the big deal about mid-air spin and all other arcade stuffs. I'm sure they will have a full arcade mode, I couldn't care less as long as there's something close to a sim mode. I'm sure this EA game will have a full arcade mode, we don't have to play it. Just as the arcade players don't have to play the pro or advanced/sim mode.

    I'll go even further..
    I honestly HOPE they have that stuff in there for those who optionally want it.
    Cast a wide net and make a game that is purchased by many and will be well supported by EA for a long time.
    If it goes too niche, they'll axe the whole thing at some point.
    scagwi
    I'll go even further..
    I honestly HOPE they have that stuff in there for those who optionally want it.
    Cast a wide net and make a game that is purchased by many and will be well supported by EA for a long time.
    If it goes too niche, they'll axe the whole thing at some point.

    And EA isn’t afraid to do that either.....
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    Deckard75
    All of this is great. More importantly though how will the game play be? I do NOT want another arcade like golf game with fireballs down the fairway and the ability to steer the ball left and right mid flight.
    Of all the things that PGA The Golf Club did not have, it really had great realistic game play. Its just golf and it should play that way.

    TW08 PC has great gamplay
    C.J.S.
    TW08 PC has great gamplay

    TW08 PC is a true gem.
    I do wish some of the physics here and there were better/more realistic, and of course it's pretty dated visually at this point...
    But -- I still have a soft spot for it.
    That was my go-to golf game for a good 5 year run.
    This games career mode needs a OPTION to set the difficulty of the field to almost impossible. It gets so old in Rory 15 winning almost every week. I don’t care if the scores are not realistic, I want it to be very hard sometimes.
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    VoltSwoosh
    This games career mode needs a OPTION to set the difficulty of the field to almost impossible. It gets so old in Rory 15 winning almost every week. I don’t care if the scores are not realistic, I want it to be very hard sometimes.
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    Agree with this, although I think just to add some color, it matters HOW the game is being made difficult. In the Rory game, difficulty was basically dictated just by the wind, so stronger wind = more difficult. But there was no other difficulty other than that.
    There needs to be a way to make the swing mechanism more difficult without making it gimmicky or random. And also, the lie of the ball has to factor in more to each shot. For example, if you leave yourself short-sided with a downhill lie in a greenside bunker, there should be no way you can spin the ball whatsoever, and the closest possible shot should be clear on the other side of the green (if you even get the ball out of the trap at all). Positional difficulty is what matters in real golf, and what makes courses that seem easy visually like Oakmont or Oakland Hills (no real water hazards or thickly tree-lined areas) actually ultra-hard in real life. Short-siding yourself or missing fairways can (and do) cost you strokes at those kinds of courses. You shouldn't be able to bail yourself out of trouble with unrealistic flop shots from terrible lies (or, if you do elect to go for a high-risk shot like that, the possibility of thinning it clear over the green should come into play).
    For British Open courses, on the other hand, wind is definitely the major factor in difficulty, so I'm okay with it being the primary source of difficulty there.
    ^^ Great post
    I really want the conditions and the lie and shot selection and how you work around a course to impact difficulty in a meaningful way.
    Hornets4ColeAnthony
    Anyone else feeling a Ryder Cup announcement in a few weeks?

    I don't know if they'll have the rights to the Ryder Cup itself, but I wouldn't be shocked to see an announcement that Whistling Straits is in. They had the Ryder Cup officially in Tiger Woods 11, but gave up on it after that one year if I remember correctly (aside from The Masters, TW 12 had the Presidents Cup).
    But if they do get the Ryder Cup and Whistling Straits, plus have all four majors, plus The Players, plus the FedEx Cup, plus the LPGA, plus the US Am, plus the Korn Ferry Tour...wow.
    The trick with having the Ryder Cup would be having enough of the real pros from those geographic regions to make up two proper teams. I seem to remember in TW 11 that you had to have pros from Australia and other non-European regions to fill out Europe's team. And I also think you had to have co-ed teams as well, because there weren't enough male pros on either side to make complete teams.
    MrArlingtonBeach
    I don't know if they'll have the rights to the Ryder Cup itself, but I wouldn't be shocked to see an announcement that Whistling Straits is in. They had the Ryder Cup officially in Tiger Woods 11, but gave up on it after that one year if I remember correctly (aside from The Masters, TW 12 had the Presidents Cup).
    But if they do get the Ryder Cup and Whistling Straits, plus have all four majors, plus The Players, plus the FedEx Cup, plus the LPGA, plus the US Am, plus the Korn Ferry Tour...wow.
    The trick with having the Ryder Cup would be having enough of the real pros from those geographic regions to make up two proper teams. I seem to remember in TW 11 that you had to have pros from Australia and other non-European regions to fill out Europe's team. And I also think you had to have co-ed teams as well, because there weren't enough male pros on either side to make complete teams.

    Not looking good so far...
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