PGA TOUR 2K21 reveals August release date, Justin Thomas as cover athlete

Pga Tour 2k1 Header Justin Thomas
Pga Tour 2k1 Header Justin Thomas (Image credit: 2K)

What you need to know

  • 2K revealed Justin Thomas as the cover athlete for its upcoming PGA TOUR 2K21 video game.
  • PGA TOUR 2K21 will release for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Nintendo Switch and Google Stadia worldwide on August 21.
  • The game has been developed by HB Studios and will feature 15 licensed PGA TOUR golf courses.

While golf courses are slowly starting to come back to life in the wake of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, it's definitely possible a lot of people won't be able to play as often as they like for the rest of the year. That's a niche screaming to be filled by a new PGA golf video game, and as luck would have it, that's precisely what 2K recently teased in the form of PGA TOUR 2K21 before blessing us with the game's cover athlete and release date today.

PGA TOUR 2K21 will release worldwide on Friday, August 21 for consoles (Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch), PC and Google Stadia. American golfer Justin Thomas, who ascended all the way to the No. 1 ranking in the world for a time in 2018, is the cover star. Interestingly, the current top-ranked player, Rory McIlroy, was on the cover the last time there was a fully licensed PGA game, which was five years ago when EA had the license.

But 2K isn't starting its adventure on the links from scratch. PGA TOUR 2K21 has been developed by HB Studios, the team responsible for carrying the proverbial torch for video game golf the last few years with its The Golf Club franchise. What it will have now is a full license, which will pay off in the form of 15 real life PGA TOUR courses, 11 additional pros besides Thomas, and the commentary team of Luke Elvy and Mike Breen.

Since we're talking about a 2K sports title, there's also the option of creating your own MyPLAYER and customizing them with legit equipment and apparel brands including adidas, Polo Ralph Lauren, Malbon Golf, Callaway Golf, Bridgestone Golf, TaylorMade Golf. Some of that brand synergy shows up in the pre-order items, as you can get in-game adidas swag with a regular pre-order and even more with th PGA TOUR 2K21 Digital Deluxe Edition, which grants you a golden putter and driver plus VC, the in-game currency sports gamers either love to hate or hate to love.

Pgatour2k21 Screen

Source: 2K (Image credit: Source: 2K)

If you absolutely, positively need PGA TOUR 2K21 in your life the moment it launches, you can pre-order now for Xbox One from Gamestop and other retailers. In the meantime, even though 2K says the new game will be welcoming for players of all skill levels, you might want to brush up on that virtual putting. Drive for show, putt for dough, after all.

Nick Tylwalk