Tiger Woods 12 comes with completely accurate Augusta National; golf market bounce on the way?
REDWOOD CITY, Calif.—The gaming world was abuzz this week with news that EA Sports’ newest golf game, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters, would for the first time allow players to test their mettle against Augusta National Golf Club, home to the Masters and one of the most storied courses in all of golf. Up until now, the course had not been available through any gaming system.
Notable for 3D imaging professionals was this nugget from the press release announcing the new game:
“For the first time ever, EA Sports utilized a new state-of-the art laser scanning technology at Augusta National Golf Club to laser scan every hole featured in the game. This will provide players with the most authentic digital representation of the Tournament and Par 3 courses. Every tree, every azalea and every undulation in every green was recreated down to the smallest detail.”
As with BIM projects and other modeling-intensive deliverables, it wasn’t the scanning, however, that took up the most time and resources. According to Peter Moore, EA Sports president, the laser scanning took 10 days. Modeling the course itself? The equivalent of 10 people working around the clock for a full year on nothing but Augusta National.