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PGA Tour 2K21 has a release date, cover star and a trailer

Tee hee.

Golf simulation video game PGA Tour 2K21 comes out Friday, 21st August 2020, 2K has announced.

That's for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC via Steam, Nintendo Switch and Stadia.

The cover star is 2017 FedExCup Champion, PGA Championship winner and former world number one Justin Thomas, who features in the game alongside 11 PGA Tour pros, 15 licensed PGA Tour courses and equipment and apparel from licensed brands including adidas, Polo Ralph Lauren, Malbon Golf, Callaway Golf, Bridgestone Golf, and TaylorMade Golf.

Each pro presents a challenge to players in the career mode, in which you compete to become FedExCup Champion. You can also create courses and customise your golfer. Expect commentary from broadcaster Luke Elvy and analyst Rich Beem. The developer is HB Studios, the studio behind The Golf Club 2019 Featuring PGA Tour. The announcement trailer is below:

Cover image for YouTube videoPGA TOUR 2K21 Announce Trailer - Golf Got Game

It's been five years since EA put out its last PGA Tour golf game, Rory McIlroy PGA Tour. So why is 2K teeing off now?

According to 2K marketing chief Chris Snyder, "Golf is hotter than ever with celebrities, athletes and musicians playing the game and sharing their experiences on social media every day."

Here's the official blurb:

"PGA Tour 2K21 is designed for players of all skill levels. Rookies can take advantage of real-time tutorials, tips and shot suggestions, while veterans can master their games with Pro Vision, Distance Control, Putt Preview and other innovations. Social gaming is at the core of the experience, as players can hit the links with friends in local and online matches, including Alt-Shot, Stroke Play, Skins and 4-Player Scramble. In addition, Online Societies will encourage players to invite their squad to hit the clubhouse and run full seasons and tournaments with unique entry rules and requirements, as well as handicap and event settings."

There's word of an in-game currency via the pe-order bonus, which includes 2300 virtual currency. This can be used to unlock in-game cosmetic items. 2K's note to press stresses "cosmetic items can also be unlocked by achieving in-game objectives" and "no additional purchase necessary".