Another title update to Rory McIlroy PGA Tour adds a new course and brings in a long anticipated feature to the career mode: Major tournaments will now alternate their venues, instead of playing at the same course every season.
First, the new course: Banff Springs (pictured), located in Canada's Rocky Mountains, joins the game for free with the new update and will be added as an event in the career mode. Banff was a mainstay of the Tiger Woods PGA Tour series that preceded Rory McIlroy PGA Tour, which launched in July last year. Several dramatic elevation changes help make Banff an extraordinarily difficult course. It is the 14th real-world course in the game, the 16th available in the career mode, and 19th overall.
As for major tournament rotations, the U.S. Open will swap between Chambers Bay and Oakmont, the demanding course added to the game in March (and scene of the real-life U.S. Open this year). The British Open will now alternate between St. Andrews and Royal Troon (also the 2016 Open's site). And the PGA Championship will switch between Whistling Straights and Quail Hollow, another extra course added for free back in November. Quail Hollow, scene of last weekend's Wells Fargo Championship, has not hosted the PGA Championship before in real life but will in 2017.
The course rotations have been anticipated since Oakmont joined the game, as commentary accompanying the course hinted at U.S. Open details and context. The three new major tournament courses will all have signage, gallery boxes and other major tournament presentation features, and they will be shown when playing those courses in one-off Play Now rounds.
Rory McIlroy PGA Tour recently was added to the vault of games the EA Access program ($29.99 a year, $4.99 a month) offers to subscribers on Xbox One. EA Sports also announced that during this weekend's Players Championship, Rory McIlroy PGA Tour will be $16 for both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. That price cut is in effect only though May 16 and is only for digital copies sold in the PlayStation Store and Xbox Marketplace.