HB Studios released its simulation golf title, The Golf Club, on Windows PC via Steam Early Access today, with a 15 percent launch-week discount that brings the regular price of $34.99 down to $29.74.
The company noted that, as with all Early Access titles, The Golf Club isn't a finished product; HB had been running a closed beta for the game since mid-February.
"There are still bugs, missing features and content and more optimizations to be made — but we are working hard to continually update the game and improve the experience! If you're interested in getting in early and helping shape The Golf Club as a game — then Early Access is for you," reads a blog post from HB.
At launch, the Early Access version of The Golf Club includes its defining feature: its course creator, which allows players to build off of procedurally generated worlds or design a golf course from scratch. Also available in the initial rollout are five HB-designed courses, the ability to play with friends locally and online, three nature themes (Alpine, Autumn and Rural) and male golfers.
Here's the list of features HB plans on adding in the future:
- Tournaments: Online and Local
- Tours: Online and Local
- Female golfers
- Two extra themes: Desert and Links
- More objects, wildlife and buildings for the Course Creator
- Twitter integration
- Greater visibility for social features
- More HB-created ('official') courses
- More commentary
- Localized versions: French, Spanish, German, Portugese, Italian
The Golf Club is also in development on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, although there's no information at this time regarding the release window on those platforms. For more on the game, check out our interview with its executive producer. It is currently the only simulation golf title scheduled to be available in 2014, since EA Sports' Tiger Woods PGA Tour franchise — which no longer bears the golf legend's name — is taking the year off.