Brace yourself… New Hot Shots Golf is no more. But don’t worry, Sony still plans to release the goofy golf simulation this Summer.
You might be asking yourself, “How can this be?” Well… Sony is dropping the Hot Shots Golf name in North America and will release the next game in the series as the Everybody’s Golf. You might recognize the new name for the franchise as Sony has used the “Everybody’s Golf” name in Japan and Europe for the past 20 years. With that kind of history behind the name, it seems likely they’ve been preparing to tee up this change for for quite some time.
If you’re still bothered by the name change, developer Clap Hanz recently published a new post on the PlayStation Blog to assure fans that a lot of features from their favorite franchise will also be included in Everybody’s Golf:
Not only does Everybody’s Golf boast the same three-click shot mechanic our fans have come to love, but the series returns with new features such as more character customization, robust online modes, and other fun activities including fishing, buggy racing, and treasure hunting in the open world environment. How you enjoy the game is up to you.
Everybody’s Golf will be released for the PS4 on August 29, and in addition to a new trailer, Sony also revealed that players who pre-order the game through the PlayStation Store will receive a “Day 1” bonus pack that includes an Everybody’s Golf Original Avatar, a 20th Anniversary Course, a Rabbit Mascot Costume, two Unique Shirts, a Premium Kart, and a PS4 Dynamic Theme.