In a statement published by EA Sports, the established developer has announced that it has ended its relationship with Tiger Woods after 15 years based on “a mutual decision.” As a result, the company’s next golfing simulator won’t feature the former number one star in the title for the first time since the franchise debuted in 1999.
Over on EA’s blog, the company’s Vice President Daryl Holt spoke of the agreement, and wished Woods success in the future.
“We’ve always been big fans of Tiger and we wish him continued success in all his future endeavours. Moving forward, we will continue to work with the PGA Tour exclusively to create groundbreaking golfing titles and our partnership remains strong.”
Woods’ relationship with the developer experienced some turbulence following his extra marital affairs in 2009. In fact, EA removed the star from the cover art of Tiger Woods PGA 12: The Masters following his subsequent fall on the world rankings due to poor performances. This year’s iteration, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14, will be his last branded release in the series.
Aside from the split, EA Sports also posted an image for the company’s next-gen golfing title, which you can check out below. Looking to the future of the series, Holt reaffirmed the company’s commitment to the genre.
“We’re working on a new approach to deliver the best golf experience to our fans–we think you’ll love it, and so we’re excited to share the first screenshot of our next generation golf game currently in development.”
Though the developer didn’t openly confirm a release date for the game, its likely that EA will reveal more details about the new sports simulator in the weeks to come. For the time being, be sure to give us your thoughts about the Tiger Woods partnership in the comments section.