EA Sports has decided to part ways with Tiger Woods, who has headlined its PGA Tour-licensed golf games since 1998's Tiger Woods PGA Tour 99. Apparently, ending the fifteen year of collaboration was a "mutual decision" between EA Sports and Woods.
"EA Sports and Tiger Woods have also made a mutual decision to end our partnership, which includes Tiger's named PGA Tour golf game. 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," said the company in a statement on the official EA Blog.
Woods might not be headlining the game, but he's should still be in it, right? Unfortunately, it looks like Tiger Woods won't be in the next EA PGA Tour game at all.
"To be clear, not only will Tiger not be on the cover and the game won't have his name, he won't be in the EA game at all," tweeted ESPN Sports Business Reporter Darren Rovell.
"We had an incredible run," said Woods' agent Mark Steinberg, who told ESPN that the latest contract between EA and Woods had expired. "Outside of [John] Madden, you would be hard pressed to find a sports figure that meant as much to a video game company as Tiger meant to EA. But times are changing and EA had to re-evaluate the partnership, and frankly so did we."
Steinberg said Woods is currently in negotiation with another company for his video game rights. It's most likely a mobile game, but Take-Two Interactive registered the domain names "2kGolfLinks.com" and "Links2KGolf.com" in May of this year. Links was Microsoft's golf franchise that's been dead since 2003's Links 2004 on Xbox and internet super sleuth Super Erogatory believes 2K Games has acquired the rights to the Links franchise. Is everything coming together to see 2K launch its first golf game with Tiger Woods headlining?