Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters will launch in North America on March 29 and elsewhere around the world on April 1 for the Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 (with added Move support).
The game will feature "historic" games from the Masters tournament, giving golf fans a chance to relive and play through the tournament's most memorable moments. Although the game's box art does not feature Tiger Woods' likeness, the famous golfer is no doubt still the star, as fans will have a chance to play through all four of his Masters tournament victories.
"For more than a decade, the Masters Tournament has been the most requested and coveted feature for the Tiger Woods PGA TOUR franchise among our fans," EA Sports boss Peter Moore said in an announcement press release. "Pairing the number one golf video game franchise with the most prestigious golf tournament in the world is a perfect marriage and we're thrilled to bring our fans this exciting opportunity to experience Augusta National Golf Club like never before."
The game's star, Tiger Woods (at least by association of name) added, "This is great for the sport and will connect a new audience with the Masters, a tournament I've been fortunate to experience since 1995. Continually growing the visibility of golf is important to attracting newcomers to the sport, and I agree that showcasing the Masters Tournament in the game will bring an entirely new dimension to that approach."
Other new and enhanced features include "The Caddie Experience," where players will learn and take strategic advice from their trusted caddie; a new career mode, giving players the chance to go from amateur to Masters champ; the choice of "over 20" professional golfers; and the sultry tones of a new commentary team featuring Jim Nantz and David Feherty. A complete breakdown of features, as listed from the announcement press release, can be found below.
The shift of focus to the world-renowned tournament shouldn't surprise sports fans, as Tiger Woods 11 failed to capture the same attention as previous games in the series. In June 2010, NPD analyst Anita Frazier noted that Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 sold only "32 percent of what last year's release sold in it's introductory month at retail." In June 2009, the Wii version of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 had a strong debut at fourth overall for the month.
New features and enhancements include:
Masters Moments: Play through memorable, historic moments as players try to measure up against some of the sport's greatest legends. Tiger at the Masters: Relive each of Tiger's four wins at the Masters by attempting to equal or beat his scores in each round of the Tournament. The Caddie Experience: Behind every great golfer is a trusted and reliable caddie. Players will have a caddie by their side on every swing, providing strategic advice, from shot selection to reading greens, helping them become a more successful golfer. The Closest Thing to Being There: For the first time ever, EA Sports utilized a new state-of-the art laser scanning technology at Augusta National Golf Club to laser scan every hole featured in the game. This will provide players with the most authentic digital representation of the Tournament and Par 3 courses. Every tree, every azalea and every undulation in every green was recreated down to the smallest detail. Broadcast Presentation: Feel the emotion of every swing as called by the all-new commentary team of Jim Nantz and David Feherty, who headline a completely revamped TV broadcast presentation package. Career Mode: The all-new career mode will closely mirror the journey of an amateur golfer's rise through the ranks and chase the title of Masters champion. New Players: Over 20 professional golfers to choose from, including Zach Johnson (2007 Masters Champion) and Bubba Watson (2010 Ryder Cup - Team USA). Championship Courses: Take on the best of the best on sixteen of the world's most celebrated courses, including Augusta National Golf Club, Royal Melbourne Golf Club (Australia), Atlanta Athletic Club, TPC San Antonio, St Andrews Links and Pebble Beach Golf Links.