Development of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08 is moving from California to Madden NFL developer EA Tiburon in Orlando, Fla., Electronic Arts confirmed to Next-Gen today.
Update: Added EA confirmation.
The move is good news for Florida’s burgeoning game development industry. The St. Petersburg Times reported that the studio hired 140 people last year and will be adding another 100 this year.
An EA rep confirmed the report to Next-Gen saying that the move did indeed occur, with more details coming tomorrow.
"The idea that you have a company that represents the largest producer in the video gaming industry sends a signal to the entire region," said Florida High Tech Corridor Council president Randy Berridge.
EA Tiburon general manager Steve Chiang said that the studio’s upcoming titles will incorporate one of the latest game design trends—user-generated content. Creating then sharing content with a connected community will apparently be a significant part of the studio’s upcoming games, according to the report.
Aside from Madden NFL, the most recent of which was the best-selling game in the US for 2006, EA Tiburon develops NASCAR and NCAA Football games.
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08, which The Times says is slated for a summer release (Next-Gen is checking on this—Tiger Woods 07 just released last fall), will reportedly let gamers play as themselves by slapping a photo image on an in-game model.
(Tiger 07 pictured.)