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PGA TOUR 2K21 Introduces Divot Derby - New Multiplayer Mode Available Today

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PGA TOUR 2K21 Introduces Divot Derby - New Multiplayer Mode Available Today

2K and HB Studios have introduced a new multiplayer mode for PGA TOUR 2K21, called Divot Derby. The free update is available now for PC, Xbox and PlayStation owners. Nintendo Switch users will need to wait a bit longer.

The new mode is a shoot-out style competition with single-elimination knockouts. Up to 20 players can compete (up to 16 players on Nintendo Switch).

The entire group of players tee off simultaneously, sending multicolored ball flight trails streaking through the air. From there, the chaos dials up, as participants race to land on the green and sink the putt. The first golfer to make it to the ninth and final hole wins. Players who get knocked out early, can watch the rest of the competition in Spectator Mode.

Recently, 2K added 60FPS support for PGA TOUR 2K21 on Xbox and PlayStation consoles. The team also announced Tiger Woods has signed a long term exclusive deal with 2K.

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  1. Not gonna lie...it seems this mode is specifically created for streamers/Twitch/YouTubers, etc.
    And if you follow PGA 2K21 on social media, you'll see that all of their "affiliated" streamers are tweeting, sharing, posting, etc. all about their sponsored streams tomorrow which will show this off.
    Boy the "media team" sure comes alive when it's time to share some "news" or a "new release" is coming.
    It's quite the contrast with the level of support they offer for bug reports.
    how about adding the traditional foursome play, stroke, Stableford scoring, best ball, low/high, wolf, scramble...where is that? Add the ability to play user-created courses in random matches....Or having the Detroit course not crash EVERY time...
    Sounds like this could be used in real life to alleviate pace of play issues...haha
    But yeah, I don't really feel like this is something for me. I'm sure some folks will enjoy speed golf, but I'll stand by my statement that this is designed for the streamers.
    My curiosity got the best of me and I checked in this AM to see if Divot Derby was available yet, and it was. I approached this from the perspective of a crotchety old fart with the mindset of, we don't need any more gimmicky game play. Well, I'm here to say (.
    The objective is to get the ball in the hole the fastest. It doesn't matter how many strokes you take, so don't take a lot of time picking clubs, shaping shots, assessing wind, slopes, and elevations, load, aim, and fire! It starts of with 20 golfers and the slower finishers are eliminated in varying lots each hole. I made it to the next to the last hole in my effort and finished 4th overall. I made a double bogey on a par 3 hole, yet I was the first to finish the hole out 12 players!?
    You have to play this game with a different mind set and it will take you some time not to mull over your shot. There was a sense of urgency about it that's not normally a part of golf. It was fun to have 20 people out there at once, but it also was already getting old by the time I finished. I can't see myself playing it everyday, but it has a peculiar appeal to it.
    HB Studios did some work on the production qualities of it and the announcing was a key ingredient to selling the experience. It flowed without a hitch that I could see. One interesting thing is you can't fast-forward your shot. The pins are also in the hole for putting, which annoys me a bit. I didn't take the time to try to pull them out by hitting the X button, as minimizing button mashing time is key.
    I can see where this mode would have some appeal to a lot of younger players though. Anything that helps sell the game, I'm all for it, as long as I still have my more simulation oriented options to go to.
    That's all the crow pie I can eat today... over and out!
    Thanks for the report! I should probably try it before judging, but it just doesn't appeal to me at all. But I am glad they are adding things to keep it fresh, though.
    EDIT - I tried it now, too. Yep, confirmed it's not for me. Saw lots of hole outs in my game, since it's locked to Pro difficulty - the flag just kept getting peppered with pitch shots. Made it 6 holes and was eliminated.
    I don't mind that they are trying stuff like this. Seems like it could be a fun diversion for a few laughs. I view this like I view the park or gym games in NBA2K - I tried them a few times, found they were not for me, and went back to solo offline franchise.
    Do the balls ricochet off each other if they happen to make contact, though? That would actually be really fun (potentially) - someone hits a leaner and you hit it into their ball and knock it 50 feet out. It would be hard to do of course, but when it happens, that'd be kind of a fun wrinkle.
    pietasterp
    I don't mind that they are trying stuff like this. Seems like it could be a fun diversion for a few laughs.

    I just don't get how they can spend so much energy on stuff like this, but can't seem to find time (or figure out) how to fix the leaderboards?
    pietasterp
    Do the balls ricochet off each other if they happen to make contact, though? That would actually be really fun (potentially) - someone hits a leaner and you hit it into their ball and knock it 50 feet out. It would be hard to do of course, but when it happens, that'd be kind of a fun wrinkle.

    They do not, at least in the game I played. Putts passed thru each other.
    The other thing I've noticed about the mode is that, if you don't get a match with 20 people, they fill the rest of the spots up with AI bots. You can see that there will be players in the session with generic "real names", like a first and last name, while all the actual users have their gamertags shown.
    MrArlingtonBeach
    The other thing I've noticed about the mode is that, if you don't get a match with 20 people, they fill the rest of the spots up with AI bots. You can see that there will be players in the session with generic "real names", like a first and last name, while all the actual users have their gamertags shown.

    I noticed that when I played it again tonight. I watched a couple of AI bots play after I was eliminated after the third hole, and I noticed that they played a fairly believable game. Then I thought to myself... if they can create AI bot players and represent their progress as ghost ball players in this game mode, why can't the create AI bot players that play rounds, shot-by-shot, for Career mode players? It would make it more interesting and it might clean up some of the spread sheet reporting and tracking gaffs!
    OnlookerDelay
    I noticed that when I played it again tonight. I watched a couple of AI bots play after I was eliminated after the third hole, and I noticed that they played a fairly believable game. Then I thought to myself... if they can create AI bot players and represent their progress as ghost ball players in this game mode, why can't the create AI bot players that play rounds, shot-by-shot, for Career mode players? It would make it more interesting and it might clean up some of the spread sheet reporting and tracking gaffs!

    Just imagine being able to go shot for shot with a bot on a Sunday when one of you is chasing the other for the lead.
    kehlis
    Just imagine being able to go shot for shot with a bot on a Sunday when one of you is chasing the other for the lead.

    Exactly, this is a situation under which I would opt to play with a bot in career mode! It seems to me like HB Studios underestimates how important career mode is to a sizeable share of the user base. As is stands, the career mode in TGC and now PGA TOUR 2K21 is so isolated and statistically broken, I have no desire to try to get back into it.
    I was a huge fan of career mode in PGA Championship Golf 2000 on the PC because you could play career mode rounds with fully animated bots who were built on attribute based models, when desired. Neither EA Sports or HB Studios have come close to matching that experience in their career modes since.
    scagwi
    I just don't get how they can spend so much energy on stuff like this, but can't seem to find time (or figure out) how to fix the leaderboards?

    At some point, I think it's fair to wonder whether the reason is because they simply can't figure it out because they're not good enough programmers/developers, or they are so under-resourced that it isn't possible. Either way, the career mode is a disgrace.
    OnlookerDelay
    Exactly, this is a situation under which I would opt to play with a bot in career mode! It seems to me like HB Studios underestimates how important career mode is to a sizeable share of the user base. As is stands, the career mode in TGC and now PGA TOUR 2K21 is so isolated and statistically broken, I have no desire to try to get back into it.
    I was a huge fan of career mode in PGA Championship Golf 2000 on the PC because you could play career mode rounds with fully animated bots who were built on attribute based models, when desired. Neither EA Sports or HB Studios have come close to matching that experience in their career modes since.

    I'm constantly amazed at how, unlike virtually any other genre of video game in existence, sports games have somehow gotten worse and less "feature-rich" over time as technology and games as a whole have gotten so much better. I hate to be like one of those guys in the 80's that would constantly talk about how "rock is dead' and "too bad you missed it!", but that's sort of how I feel about sports games in 2021.
    (By the way, those guys back in the day were right: rock is dead.)
    pietasterp
    At some point, I think it's fair to wonder whether the reason is because they simply can't figure it out because they're not good enough programmers/developers, or they are so under-resourced that it isn't possible. Either way, the career mode is a disgrace.

    I agree 50/50 with you here, probably most patches are being developed from home so who knows if they’re even aware of the issue.
    jbd345
    I agree 50/50 with you here, probably most patches are being developed from home so who knows if they’re even aware of the issue.

    According to 2K support, the devs are aware of the issues in career mode with the glitched leaderboards, at least as of the time I sent them a issue ticket about it a week or so ago. But they had to know about it before that. It's been all over these forums, the HB forums, the 2K forums, etc.

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