Tiger Woods and EA Sports Part Ways, Ending 16-Year Run Together

The Tiger Woods PGA Tour series will end its 16-year run in 2013 as EA Sports announced it has parted ways with the star golfer. EA Sports will continue a golf simulation under PGA Tour branding on next generation consoles, the publisher said today.

Daryl Holt, the vice president and general manager for golf for EA Sports, gave the news alongside a comparison of Hole No. 17 of TPC Sawgrass in Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14, and in the work-in-progress next generation version. You may see that below.

"EA Sports and Tiger Woods have also made a mutual decision to end our partnership, which includes Tiger's named PGA Tour golf game," Holt said. "We’ve always been big fans of Tiger and we wish him continued success in all his future endeavors.

"Moving forward, we will continue to work with the PGA Tour exclusively to create groundbreaking golfing titles and our partnership remains strong."

Tiger Woods and EA Sports Part Ways, Ending 16-Year Run Together

Holt did not say when this new PGA Tour-licensed game would release; the Tiger Woods PGA Tour series had released in late March each of the past three years. No golf game has been among the upcoming titles in that window in guidance Electronic Arts provides to investors.

In the spring, Kotaku reported that the Tiger Woods PGA Tour series was at minimum taking off 2014 to focus on delivering for the next generation of consoles. Originally the plan was to outsource current-generation Tiger Woods PGA Tour to another studio, but that plan was scuttled after former CEO John Riccitiello stepped down.

Tiger Woods had been the titular star of this series in all of its forms—from an online version for PCs, to a mobile adaptation, to 16 different releases on PC and home consoles going back to 1999. His name had, in its own way, become synonymous with playing video game golf, similar to another longtime EA Sports partner, John Madden.

The first Tiger Woods PGA Tour game released in 1998 for PC and the first PlayStation. Before that, EA Sports had published a series of games under the PGA Tour brand.

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