EA Sports supremo Peter Moore has revealed the Tiger Woods PGA Tour Online open beta will launch later this month.
In a on his blog, Moore explained the “breakthrough experience” will go live in January following eight months of closed beta in which over 75,000 players took part.
Moore also used the announcement to stress the publisher’s backing of the shamed golf star, following revelations about his private life.
“Our relationship with Tiger has always been rooted in golf,” said Moore.
“We didn’t form a relationship with him so that he could act as an arm’s length endorser. Far from it. We chose to partner with Tiger in 1997 because we saw him as the world’s best, most talented and exciting golfer. We struck that partnership with the assumption that he would remain near or at the top of his sport for years to come.”
“By his own admission, he’s made some mistakes off the course,” he added.
“But regardless of what’s happening in his personal life, and regardless of his decision to take a personal leave from the sport, Tiger Woods is still one of the greatest athletes in history.”