updated 11:55 pm EDT, Thu October 18, 2007
EA ships Tiger, Madden '08
MacNN has learned that Electronic Arts has (finally) begun shipping two of its much-anticipated new Mac titles: Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08 and Madden NFL 08. Announced in July as part of EA's recommitment to the Mac, the six titles were expected to ship in July, but only four were delivered in August: Command & Conquer 3, Battlefield 2142, Need for Speed Carbon, and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Today, the company made good on its commitment for a "September/October," time-frame by shipping Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 08 and Madden NFL 08. Built using the Cider game engine, the titles are only compatible with Intel-based Macs.
Electronic Arts describes the football simulation: "Experience Madden NFL 08 and quickly identify your strongest players on the field before every snap and then move them into position to make game-changing, momentum-altering plays. Play to your team's strengths by immediately reading your opponent's schemes and reacting to the action as soon as the ball is snapped. Create mismatches and exploit weaknesses as you read and react with Madden NFL 08."
Meanwhile, the description for Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08 reads: "Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 2008: You're facing a long putt for par on the 17th hole with Tiger Woods clinging to a one-stroke lead. You've been in this position before, but that doesn't matter now. Or does it? Whether you play it safe or go for broke, Play with Confidence in Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 08. The all-new Shot Confidence feature uses factors from your previous rounds--including club selection, lie, hole, and more--to determine your confidence heading into each shot."
Both titles require Mac OS X 10.4.9 or later and a 1.83GHz Core Duo Processor, at least 1GB of RAM, a DVD-ROM drive and a Nvidia (7300 or better) or ATI (x1600 or better) graphics processor. The games, the company notes, will not run on PowerPC-based Macs. (Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2008 is not yet listed on EA's Mac platform website.)
EA says the games collec data necessary to provide online in-game advertising and that it may retire the online feature set at any time after posting a 30-day notice on its website or 30-days after the last day of the 2007-2008 season.
Both titles are available with 24-hour shipping from the Apple Store.