Seven-hundred and seventy-one million dollars. That's how much EA Sports made in retail sales over the course of the last 15 years selling the Tiger Woods PGA Tour Golf franchise. It's not Grand Theft Auto successful, but it's also not bad for the sixth most popular sport in the country. Well, that's all over now as the two sides ave severed ties.
EA Sports will continue to work with the PGA Tour, but they have yet to mention whether or not the world's number one will be in the game. Which means we could be facing an NBA Live without Michael Jordan nightmare.
According to EA Sports:
EA SPORTS and Tiger Woods have also made a mutual decision to end our partnership, which includes Tiger's named PGA TOUR golf game," wrote Daryl Holt, vice president and general manager of golf at EA Sports, in a statement on the company's website. "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."
The EA sports website also shows a comparison of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14 next to their forthcoming game (image below) and visually it's impressive, but if Tiger isn't in the game, will the casual fan even care? And why bother showing the comparison? Was Tiger against more vivid imagery and this is why he had to be shown the door or is EA grasping for reasons why people should play the game?