The rebrand will feature 15 licensed PGA Tour courses, each scanned using “cutting-edge technology”. Like The Golf Club series, it will also feature a custom course designer.Cover athlete Justin Thomas will be joined by 11 other pros and the game will feature a wide range of licensed golf equipment and gear. 2K is also promising “broadcast-style presentation with state-of-the-art graphics, dynamic cutscenes, and a seamless replay system”, plus play-by-play commentary from veteran golf broadcaster Luke Elvy and former pro Rich Beem.
“Golf is hotter than ever with celebrities, athletes, and musicians playing the game and sharing their experiences on social media every day,” said 2K marketing VP Chris Snyder alongside the announcement. “Our goal is to create the most authentic golf simulation experience ever, and HB Studios brings that authenticity in PGA Tour 2K21, which is a true 2K game in every sense, incorporating realism, depth and fun that appeals to golf aficionados and casual fans alike.”
HB’s The Golf Club was released in 2014, and was followed by a sequel in 2017. The third instalment, however, saw HB partner with 2K; The Golf Club 2019 Featuring the PGA Tour was launched in 2018.
Luke is Games Editor at IGN’s Sydney office and, back in 1965, Sports Illustrated said he was going to be the next Arnold Palmer. You can find him on Twitter sporadically @MrLukeReilly.