EA Sports unveils changes for upcoming Tiger game

4 p.m.: Golfweek was granted exclusive access to an EA Sports motion-capture session with Tiger Woods on Tuesday in Orlando, Fla. During the day, Tiger was taken through different stations where everything from headshots, to voiceovers, to a breakdown of the upcoming features in the Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2013 game (slated for release next Spring) and finally to the actual capturing of his swings. Above, Tiger spent about 90 minutes going through more than 100 swings during a motion-capture session, showing off his new swing that will be featured in the '13 game. That included showing different reactions to putts and drives, including this fist pump after a made putt. On Monday (Aug. 22, 2011), we will be releasing an exclusive video that will kick off a year-long series on the making of the new game.

EA Sports made a few big announcements Tuesday about the upcoming version of its popular Tiger Woods video game.

The Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 version of the game, which hits stores on March 27, will include integration for the Kinect on XBOX 360, allowing players to operate the game without a controller. The Kinect uses a system of cameras to track body movement and mimic gamers’ actions inside the game through their character. Players can cycle through the game’s menus and options by using either voice commands or hand motions.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 will be the first-ever Kinect for XBOX 360 sports simulation title.

Also announced was a new swing mechanic, which will take the game’s shotmaking to a new level. Gone are the days of the no-thought, back-and-through swing, as players will now have control over their swing tempo, ball position and stance, allowing players to replicate countless swing combinations used by actual PGA Tour players.

“Our fans asked us to deliver a new level of fidelity and authenticity to Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13, and our team delivered with the ability to literally choose millions of shot combinations through our new swing mechanic,” said Mike Taramykin, vice president and general manager of Tiger Woods PGA Tour. “Fans will now be able to experience unparalleled control on the virtual golf course.”

Additional announcements included a legacy mode, which will allow players to relive Tiger’s greatest golf moments, and an online Country Clubs feature, which will give players a chance to create their own private clubs, earn club-champion status and compete against clubs from around the country.

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