The golf world received a welcome dose of positivity last week with the surprise release of a 15-second preview of a new video game: PGA 2K21, which will be the first console video game to feature PGA Tour professionals since Rory McIlroy PGA in 2015 see are tour. The first release was very limited in detail – it featured a generic player doing it on the 17th. Here’s what we know so far.

It will be released on August 21st

That was the main question everyone wondered after seeing the first video: when can I play it? Golf fans have circled June 11th on their calendar when real PGA Tour golf resumes. Now they can add August 21 as the date when the PGA Tour Golf video game will resume. If everything stays on schedule – a monumental one, albeit in this day and age – it would be the Northern Trust Friday, the first FedEx Cup playoff event.

Justin Thomas is the cover athlete, but 11 other Tour pros are on board

Unsurprisingly, Thomas graces the cover (and we hope there’s no equivalent to Madden Jinx). He’s number 4 in the world, a great champion, and a charismatic American who just turned 27. His accompaniment as Pitchman shows that decision-makers trust him to become one of the biggest stars of the next decade. With 12 wins on his resume, that seems like a solid bet.

The game’s press release said 11 more PGA Tour pros are part of 2K21, but their names have not been disclosed – Thomas is the only recognizable player to appear in the preview video. Having real PGA Tour players as part of the game was something the popular The Golf Club video game – also produced by HB Studios, the shop behind it – was missing. According to the company, every professional will be a challenge on the path to becoming a FedEx Cup champion.

There is a new career mode for the PGA Tour

The preview begins with a wide angle shot of the 18th green in the Riviera Country Club with the Genesis branding visible. Thomas is shown teeing off at the Zurich Classic, with the FedEx Cup logo in full view. Then it’s 16th at TPC Scottsdale, fourth at TPC Sawgrass, a par 3 at John Deere, King’s Corner at the 3M Open, a bunker on East Lake, a tee box at Valspar … you get the picture. All of this to say: This game, as the name suggests, allows you to compete in PGA Tour events. A full 15 PGA Tour courses are offered. The main goal of the game seems to be to become a FedEx Cup champion. What we don’t know is whether you can play in the Masters or one of the other major championships. Of course, these tournaments are not hosted by the tour, which adds another layer of licensing / financial logistics. We can hope, but you have to think that Augusta (as it did in versions of the EA Sports PGA Tour game a few years ago) would have been featured if it were included.

There is a course designer function

One of the best-received parts of The Golf Club is the Golf Course Creation feature, which enables particularly proactive users to create replicas of Augusta National and Pine Valley. A similar feature appears in PGA Tour 2K21; Now Golf Architecture Twitter has a way to design your own golf courses.

Luke Elvy and Rich Beem are the broadcasters

Elvy, an Australian, does the play-by-play with 2002 PGA champion Rich Beem coming in on the color comments. Elvy has worked for CBS Sports in the past while Beem has worked for Sky Sports for the past several years. We were half hoping to introduce Paul Azinger, who is programmed to criticize every player on the European Tour.

Equipment manufacturers, clothing brands have made the cut

A Callaway driver, a Titleist hat and adidas clothing are previewed. One of the better parts of the Tiger Woods games – buying and getting boosts for real drivers, real shirts, real gloves, and real balls – is back. The brands with presence: Polo Ralph Lauren, adidas, Malbon Golf, Callaway, Bridgestone, TaylorMade and more. You have to wonder if the hoodie JT likes to wear is an option.

There will be different formats

Players can play alternate shot, stroke play, skins, and a four-player scramble. Mid-50s scores were common in the old Tiger Woods games … something in the 40s is out of the question in this scramble.

It will be available on PS4, Xbox One, and the Nintendo Switch, as well as PC

The more the better.