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EA Salt Lake was founded by the studio's president, Vance Cook, as Headgate Studios in 1992. As a veteran programmer for years at Access Software, the onetime premier developer of golf simulations, Cook had the experience and knowledge of how to create a rewarding golfing experience. Headgate's first product was PentaCalc, a scientific calculator for Windows.
From 1996 to 1999, Headgate solely developed golf games published by Sierra Entertainment under Sierra's Front Page Sports brand. In April 1996 the studio was purchased by Sierra. The golf product was later branded as PGA Championship Golf. On February 22, 1999 Sierra announced a major restructuring of their company, and sold the rights of the original studio back to Cook as a new corporate entity.
In 2000, Headgate began publishing games through Electronic Arts. Headgate began developing Tiger Woods PGA Tour for the PC based on their existing golf engine. They were assigned by EA to develop the title on PC, PS2, Wii and Xbox for the 2007 title, and the PC, PS2, and Wii for the 2008 title, with the Xbox line getting cut by EA.
Headgate developed every Windows version of the EA Sports Tiger Woods golf franchise from 2001 to 2007. Headgate's golf games consistently got high praise from industry reviewers and have won numerous industry awards.
On 1 December 2006, Headgate Studios was acquired by Electronic Arts. Headgate was redubbed EA Salt Lake. The studios' focus was redirected to developing games for Nintendo's new console, the Wii.
As Headgate Studios:
- PentaCalc Pro
- Front Page Sports: Golf
- The Laptop Collection
- PGA Championship Golf 2000
- PGA Championship Golf 2000: Titanium Edition
- Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2001 (2000)
- Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2002 (2001)
- Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003 (2002)
- Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004 (2003)
- Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005 (2004)
- Tiger Woods PGA Tour 06 (2005)
- The Godfather: The Game for Windows (2006)
- Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07 on PlayStation 2, Wii, Xbox, and Windows (2006)
- Madden NFL 07 for Windows
As EA Salt Lake:
- The Sims 2 Pets on Wii (2007)
- Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08 on PlayStation 2, Wii, and Windows (2007)
- Madden NFL 08 on Windows (2007)
- Littlest Pet Shop on Wii (2008)
- Nerf N-Strike for Wii and Nintendo DS
- ↑ Headgate Studios profile at MobyGames
- ↑ Vance Cook at MobyGames
- ↑ Headgate's website list of projects
- ↑ Front Page Golf review @ gamespot.com
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Headgate company history
- ↑ Gamespot details of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07
- ↑ Gamespot details of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08
- ↑ PGA Championship Golf 2000 review from GameSpot
- ↑ Tiger Woods 2001 PGA Tour review from Sports Gaming Network
- ↑ Tiger Woods 2002 Review from IGN
- ↑ Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003 review from GameSpy
- ↑ Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004 from IGN
- ↑ Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 2005 review from Game Rankings
- ↑ Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005 from Game Rankings
- ↑ "EA forms Wii-centric studio" from GameSpot
- ↑ The Godfather: The Game credits from MobyGames