Golf occasions on the PGA Tour schedule have been pushed again into late spring because of the coronavirus pandemic, however there’s now a vibrant spot on the calendar for golf followers: PGA Tour 2K21 is scheduled to be launched Aug. 21 on Google Stadia, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One, writer 2K Sports introduced Thursday.
The debut trailer for PGA Tour 2K21, which 2K revealed together with the primary particulars concerning the recreation, introduces 2017 FedEx Cup champion Justin Thomas as the sport’s cowl athlete. It additionally exhibits off a wide range of golf programs — there will probably be 15 real-life programs from PGA Tour occasions within the recreation, “each of which was scanned using cutting-edge technology to bring the fairways, greens, bunkers, trees, lakes and ponds to life,” 2K mentioned in a information launch. That’s a major improve from the six Players Championship programs that 2K’s earlier golf title, The Golf Club 2019 Featuring PGA Tour, launched with in 2018.
While 2K’s information launch didn’t identify any of the programs in PGA Tour 2K21, right here’s an inventory of those we may establish by scrubbing by means of the trailer, together with their accompanying PGA Tour occasions:
- East Lake Golf Club (PGA Tour Championship)
- Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club (Valspar Championship)
- Riviera Country Club (Genesis Invitational)
- TPC Deere Run (John Deere Classic)
- TPC Louisiana (Zurich Classic)
- TPC San Antonio (Valero Texas Open)
- TPC Sawgrass (The Players Championship)
- TPC Scottsdale (Waste Management Phoenix Open)
- TPC Twin Cities (3M Open)
PGA Tour 2K21 is technically the fourth iteration of HB Studios’ The Golf Club franchise, and the primary one since The Golf Club 2019. HB, an unbiased developer based mostly in Nova Scotia, Canada, inked a publishing cope with 2K Sports for that recreation, and their partnership is constant this 12 months. The Golf Club 2019 was the primary entry in HB’s collection to hold the PGA Tour license, and similar to that recreation, PGA Tour 2K21 will function a PGA Tour-branded profession mode. It’s additionally carrying over one of many foremost parts of The Golf Club: a full-fledged course design mode that permits you to create the golf paradise of your dreams.
In addition to Thomas, PGA Tour 2K21 will enable individuals to play as 11 real-life skilled golfers. There aren’t but any particulars on who these different athletes are, however 2K mentioned that gamers will compete in opposition to them within the profession mode. Either approach, it seems from the trailer that HB has labored to enhance the graphics for PGA Tour 2K21: The visuals look markedly higher than they did in The Golf Club 2019. The presentation upgrades don’t finish there — 2K mentioned the sport will function “dynamic cutscenes and a seamless replay system,” together with play-by-play commentary from Luke Elvy, a broadcaster and journalist, and Rich Beem, an analyst and former professional golfer.
“Our purpose is to create probably the most genuine golf simulation expertise ever, and HB Studios brings that authenticity in PGA TOUR 2K21, which is a real 2K recreation in each sense, incorporating realism, depth and enjoyable that appeals to golf aficionados and informal followers alike,” mentioned Chris Snyder, vp of promoting for 2K.
Another component that may make PGA Tour 2K21 a “true 2K game” is microtransactions, like those in different sports activities titles from main publishers. 2K Sports toned down the presence of Virtual Currency in NBA 2K20, and it’s all the time been attainable to unlock objects by incomes VC by means of play, however that doesn’t essentially get rid of the social stress to spend actual cash. (A collection of native and on-line multiplayer modes will probably be out there in PGA Tour 2K21.)
Customization objects for created MyPlayer golfers in PGA Tour 2K21 will embody licensed attire and gear from manufacturers akin to Adidas, Polo Ralph Lauren, and TaylorMade Golf. Reached for remark, a 2K Sports consultant instructed Polygon that VC can solely be used to unlock beauty objects; in different phrases, microtransactions received’t confer a bonus over different gamers.
PGA Tour 2K21 will probably be out there for $59.99 on all platforms. 2K can also be providing a Digital Deluxe Edition for $69.99 that comes with a bundle of 2,300 VC in addition to two add-on packs of garments, equipment, and golf golf equipment.