Criterion Games founders Fiona Sperry and Alex Ward announced the upcoming multiplatform launch of Dangerous Golf, an extreme sports sim from the newly formed development studio Three Fields Entertainment.
Citing inspiration from over-the-top sports games like NBA Jam, Dangerous Golf aims to put an explosive spin on an otherwise mundane sport.
Pitched by its creators as “an irreverent, silly, fun approach to golf games,” Dangerous Golf promises that players will be able to “smash a priceless chandelier, set fire to a gas station and destroy a kitchen full of china,” during the course of normal gameplay. The game offers more than 100 holes of golf, each giving players new opportunities to wreak havoc on their surroundings.
Dangerous Golf features several indoor and outdoor locations outfitted with an array of breakable objects. Rather than following the sport’s traditional rules, players instead compete to cause as much environmental destruction as possible using trick shots and high-speed ricochets.
The game also includes a “SmashBreaker” mechanic that turns player golf balls into bombs that destroy nearby objects. The feature recalls a similar CrashBreaker mechanic seen throughout the Burnout series.
Developer Three Fields Entertainment was founded in 2015 by veterans from Criterion Games. Dangerous Golf‘s development staff previously worked on the console-exclusive first-person shooter Black and the Burnout series of destruction-oriented racing games, among other titles.
“When [Criterion Games vet Fiona Sperry] and I formed Three Fields Entertainment a year ago, we knew we wanted to focus on what we do best: making fast, fun and spectacular arcade style games,” studio founder and creative director Alex Ward stated. “Dangerous Golf is just that. It’s as serious a golf game as Burnout was a serious simulation to driving games.”
Dangerous Golf will launch digitally via the PlayStation Network, Xbox Store, and Steam in May of 2016.