Playing a game through a web browser isn’t anything new, but now we’re starting to see some rather rich experiences that are far beyond the casual games of Bejeweled. One go at Quake Live is enough to prove to anyone that a real, even hardcore, gaming experience is achievable through a browser plug-in – and that’s the direction that EA Sports is taking Tiger Wood PGA Tour.
EA today announced today that the next Tiger Woods golf game for PC and Mac won’t be shipping on physical media, but rather as a browser game. As such, it won’t require any game installation or additional peripherals, though it will demand an internet connection.
"Tiger Woods PGA Tour Online is for anyone who loves golf and is on-the-go," said Executive Producer Mike Taramykin. "Whether you have ten minutes on your PC in the office, or hours on your Mac at home, this is a golf game that makes time for you. With Tiger Woods PGA Tour Online, golf lovers can satisfy their golf fix anytime."
EA said that at launch Tiger Woods PGA Tour Online will include several world class championship courses, such as Pebble Beach, TPC Sawgrass and St. Andrews, while additional new courses will be available on a regular basis. It being an online game means that EA can arrange tournament events easily, as all players will be on a level playing field.
Tiger Woods PGA Tour Online will be offered through a multi-tiered subscription in fall of 2009, but EA didn’t offer specifics on pricing or if there would be a free-to-play option.