Electronic Arts has apparently come to the conclusion that the Wii is not a suitable platform for future versions of its Tiger Woods golf game and will not be releasing Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 on Nintendo's motion control console. It wasn't all that long ago when the Wii was the most popular platform for the Tiger Wood series, so it's a bit surprising EA has decided to skip it altogether.
We've reached out to EA for comment and will update when/if we hear back (Updated: see statement below), but in the meantime, Kotaku says it's already confirmed with EA that the news is true. According to Kotaku, Microsoft's Xbox 360 console with its Kinect full body motion sensor will garner most of the attention, though Sony's PlayStation 3 will also be supported.
EA stated in a blog post last month that the technology in the Kinect sensor gives it the ability to track movements across 1,000 data points for better detection of subtle twists and turns, and overall swing mechanics.
"With this level of detail in mind, we approached the design process for Kinect integration with two main goals," EA explained. "First, we wanted to provide a compelling gameplay experience for gamers and golfers alike (i.e., make it better with Kinect!). Second, we wanted to ensure that players would be able to navigate with Kinect from start to finish without ever needing to pick up a controller. After all, this is the first controller-free, voice-enabled, sports simulation title to support Kinect for Xbox 360!"
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 is available for pre-order now and is scheduled to launch March 27, 2012 in the U.S., and internationally on March 30th. In the meantime, you can view a snazzy trailer of the game in action here.
Update 11:15 AM EST
We received the following statement from Katherine Coulthart, Communications Manager for Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13:
"Yes, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 13 will not be shipping on the Wii. For Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 13 and Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 13: Masters Collector’s Edition we decided to focus on the HD platforms and take advantage of the robust online communities of XBox and Sony PS3 given the new online and social features in this year’s game. There have been significant strides in motion gaming through the release of the Kinect and Playstation Move and believe fans will enjoy the true-to-life golf swing created by these peripherals."