EA has announced that its upcoming golf simulator, EA Sports PGA Tour, will feature the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour, along with playable women golfers.
The upcoming golf game, which will launch in Spring 2022, is set to feature one of the LPGA Tour’s five major championships; The Amundi Evian Championships. Set in the “truest representation” of France’s Evian Resort Golf Club, EA Sports PGA Tour will be the first new-generation video game to depict women’s golf.
Former pro golfer and current GOLFTV and Sky Sports broadcaster, Iona Stephen, has worked with EA to help guarantee authenticity. Additionally, Stephen will also be EA’s first female on-course commentator, and so players will be able to hear her voice provide insights and assessments of their performance on the green.
“I’m incredibly excited that EA Sports PGA Tour laid out a vision to represent female athletes and the LPGA in the game,” said Stephen in a press release. “My goal in helping EA is to give women the satisfaction of playing a quality golf game while seeing themselves in a variety of ways that go beyond a handful of female character models.”
Stephen will not be the only women’s golf professional featured in the game. Jin Young Ko, the winner of the 2019 Amundi Evian Championship, will also be included as a playable character. She is one of a roster of golfing athletes that can be used across game modes, including the Amundi Evian Championship and a variety of challenges.
Players who wish to create their own golfer can also craft women characters in the Create-A-Player feature, and these characters can then compete in LPGA-themed challenges, amateur tournaments, and The Amundi Evian Championship.
EA Sports PGA Tour marks EA’s return to the golfing space after a few years away. While it will not feature Tiger Woods due to his exclusivity contract with PGA Tour 2K, it will have major competitions such as The Masters Tournament and FedEx Cup.
Matt Purslow is IGN’s UK News and Entertainment Writer.