EA SPORTS PGA TOUR – Update 5.0 Introduces Royal Liverpool in Season 4

EA SPORTS PGA TOUR has released Title Update 5.0, bringing the highly anticipated 151st Open Championship at Royal Liverpool to Season 4. Players can now experience Royal Liverpool Golf Club in all game modes, with the Open Championship alternating between Royal Liverpool and St Andrews in career mode. The game’s menus, screens, and key art have also received updates in line with the Season 4 Open Championship theme. Additionally, players can look forward to new Challenges that recreate significant moments from the event.

In addition to the seasonal improvements, Title Update 5.0 includes various quality of life updates and stability fixes, enhancing the career and online modes and providing players with more flexibility in curating their gameplay experience. For instance, players can now switch between Quick and Full rounds at the start of each round in career mode, instead of being limited to making the switch only at the start of each tournament.

The online mode has also received an update to improve matchmaking. Players now have a 60-second window after initial matchmaking is completed to join a lobby, allowing for more players to participate and increasing the frequency of 16-player matches.

Furthermore, the online mode will now rotate through new playlists, offering players a variety of themes and a smaller selection of random courses. These playlists will also introduce variations to course conditions and wind settings, making the gameplay more engaging.

EA SPORTS PGA TOUR remains committed to evolving the game based on feedback from the community. The development teams at EA Orlando and EA Madrid are already working on upcoming updates, including the addition of one-round tournaments for career mode and turn-based match play for online and private match modes. These features will be included in the next major patch, and more details will be shared as the release date approaches.

Patch 5.0 Highlights

The latest update, Patch 5.0, brings several notable changes and additions to EA SPORTS PGA TOUR. Here are the highlights:

Store & Content

  • Players can now earn new specs through weekly quests, weekly tournaments, and seasonal tournaments. The Impact Series specs improve Power and Accuracy attributes, while the Pathfinder Series specs enhance Control and Recovery attributes.
  • The store will feature rotating new cosmetics, including the TaylorMade 2023 Summer Commemorative Staff Bag, Scotty Cameron Newport Super Select 2.5 Putter, and various new Nike apparel items such as a bucket hat.

Online

  • Matchmaking has been improved to allow additional players to join a lobby for 60 seconds after initial matchmaking is completed.
  • A bug causing an incorrect yardage on the pin in Online and Private Match gameplay, due to the elevation not being included in the calculation, has been fixed.
  • Instances where opponent golfers appeared and quickly disappeared have been mitigated.

Career

  • Players can now switch between Quick and Full rounds at the start of each round in career mode. A pop-up notification has been added to inform players before settings are locked for each round.
  • A bug preventing players from changing their golf bag in the event info screen has been fixed.
  • The Withdraw option now functions correctly after requesting an Unplayable Lie.

Challenges

  • An indicator has been added to show progress for each challenge star.
  • “Long Drive” challenges now consistently award rewards.

Quests

  • An indicator has been added to show progress for each quest objective.
  • A fix has been implemented for unlocking quests on a hole after using a number of mulligans. With this update, quests will update after the player advances to the next shot instead of immediately updating when the ball stops. If mulligans are disabled, quests will continue to function as usual by updating immediately after the ball stops.

Cameras

  • Pre-shot cameras no longer clip or get occluded by large rocks.

Audio

  • In career mode, a commentary line that mentions a potential first win despite the golfer having previous tournament wins has been fixed.
  • An issue causing main menu and gameplay music to overlap when accepting an invite while loading into gameplay has been resolved.

Courses

  • Various fixes and improvements have been made to multiple courses, including Augusta National, Banff Springs, Evian Resort, Kiawah Island, LACC, Lighthouse Pointe, Oak Hill, St Andrews, The Country Club, Top of the Rock, Torrey Pines, TPC Sawgrass, TPC Scottsdale, Wilmington, and Wolf Creek.

Hair

  • Improved hair style rendering in different lighting conditions.
  • Ponytails now react realistically when colliding with the golf club during a follow-through, preventing hair from clipping through the club.
  • Several fixes have been made to hair-related issues, such as Danielle Kang’s hair clipping with her ear and appearing to float above her back, and the hair tie appearing stretched while the golfer is moving.

Golfers

  • Patrick Cantlay now carries a black, generic bag.
  • Danielle Kang now wears FootJoy Premiere shoes.
  • Xander Schauffele, Nelly Korda, and Dustin Johnson now use a white ball instead of gray.
  • An issue causing Jessica Korda’s legs to disappear when changing outfits in the event info screen has been resolved.
  • Sungjae Im’s face has been updated to appear less pale.

Outfits & Gear

  • The graphics coloring on the TaylorMade 2023 Summer Commemorative Staff Bag has been updated.
  • The U.S. Open Logo now appears correctly on shirts.
  • Jordan Spieth’s UnderArmour shoes no longer deform incorrectly during swings.
  • The Nike logo no longer appears on non-Nike shirts in the main menu.
  • Several fixes have been made to textures and logos on various items of equipment and gear.

Here is information about the last update here.

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Microsoft Windows

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