EA's Rory McIlroy PGA Tour Will Not Include Augusta National, Might Be Added In The Future
EA Sports recently announced that its annual golf series has been rebranded as Rory McIlroy PGA Tour, adding the world's current number one golfer in place of the dropped Tiger Woods.
Unfortunately, it seems like the game will be missing something other than its former cover star. Augusta National, the course on which the Masters is played, will not be in the game.
The publisher's license for the venue expired, it explained in a tweeted reply to a fan. But all is not lost--the Twitter account also said EA is exploring options to add Augusta back into the game. It further explained it has the ability to add content--including new courses--to the game post-launch, and are specifically looking into doing so with Augusta.
Of course, the next questions is if EA would charge for the course as paid DLC. That would certainly not endear the publisher to fans, especially given that most would consider it something that should have been in the game to begin with.
The real-life Masters are set to begin later this week, but the game is not planned for release until June. You would think EA might be eager to coincide the release with the major tournament, but the schedules don't line up. Augusta wouldn't have been there in time anyway, but hopefully a deal is negotiated down the line--and players don't end up paying for it.