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The Golf Club | September 20, 2019

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DEV DIARY - THE WAITING GAME

DEV DIARY – THE WAITING GAME
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Lots of people are asking when the March Update is coming. As I’ve said previously, the build was actually finished and submitted to Sony and Microsoft a number of weeks ago but because of the process of getting the concept for the disk version through we had to wait before pushing the March update build into testing. Sony have passed the update build in both Europe and North America but Microsoft had a few issues at their end and we couldn’t submit until today. This will unfortunately result in delaying the update for everyone. Normally we’d have released the PC and PS4 versions anyway but since this update is a major Greg Norman Course Designer update, we’re unable to do that as any courses published in Harvest Theme, with fences, walls or steps would crash the Xbox One build. However, now that it’s being tested I’m hoping for a quick turnaround – so hopefully you’ll see it early next week.

On the development front this week Devon and Brian have been working hard on drop balls and out of bounds respectively. I know that people have been asking for these features – and we’re also excited to see them added as well. We definitely think that these new features will be great additions to the game.

Paul has been working on cart paths – this is nearly in but we’re just working on the physics for the surface and the texture of the paths. Finally, Jim has been putting in a big push for the rain this week as well so I’ll hopefully have some great screenshots for you next week.

Jordan also did a great article explaining how we’ve tweaked and tuned the Handicap System to give more accurate course ratings. It’s a really in-depth post that sheds a lot of light on how the Handicap System works under-the-hood so we’ll publish that as a feature post on Monday.

Suggested Courses

This week’s suggested courses are:

  • Hide Away Golf Course – BeamerCA
  • The Champions Club at Belmont – Crazycanuk1985
  • The Pellaway Hills GC – Tour Edition – Mikemike3000

Suggested Tournaments

I’ve also created a set of tournaments:

  • HB Suggested Pro Cup – W5
    • 2 rounds at The Champions Club Belmont (Handicap 0 or Better)
  • HB Suggested Amateur Cup – W5
    • 2 rounds at Hide Away Golf Course (Handicap 1 or Worse)
  • HB Suggested ProAm Handicap Cup – W5
    • 4 rounds at The Pellaway Hills GC – Tour Edition for players with a HC of 5 or better.

Until next week,

Anthony