Tiger Woods himself may be in a period of hibernation following his widely reported festive frolics, but the EA gold steam train carries on nonetheless with confirmation that Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 will be released this summer.
The game is in development for Xbox 360, PS3, Wii and iPhone – with Apple's device seemingly chosen in favour of either Nintendo's DS or Sony's PSP.
In addition, the summer console game will be accompanied by the release of Tiger Woods PGA Tour Online. Developed by EA Tiburon, which has been at the helm of the publisher's golf series since 2007, is a browser-based outing.
It will not, however, be free-to-play, with EA opting for what it describes as ‘a multi-tiered subscription'.
During beta testing we've already seen tremendous participation and enthusiasm from golf fans around the world for Tiger Woods PGA Tour Online,” executive producer Mike Taramykin said.
We're looking forward to offering all players the opportunity to preview the game for free in the coming weeks. Also, during open beta gamers can invite others to play via Facebook and we continue to encourage the community to help to drive the game's evolution and development.”
At the beginning of the year EA Sports boss Peter Moore was forced to publicly pledge support for the troubled golfer, stating:
By his own admission, he's made some mistakes off the course. But regardless of what's happening in his personal life, and regardless of his decision to take a personal leave from the sport, Tiger Woods is still one of the greatest athletes in history.”