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    Default What's the future of Zen Pinball?

    I see a lot of this same question in several threads so perhaps we could centralize our thoughts.

    I love Zen Pinball. It is the main reason I power up my PS3 these days. With the release of ZP2, this game has gone into the stratosphere for me. Perhaps the fine folks at Zen could chime in with this but, the question on our minds is: What's next? We know we have the Fantastic Four table coming but what else can we look forward to? Is ZP winding down or do we have another full year of releases? Will we ever see any of the Xbox tables?

    Please, share your thoughts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorktron2000 View Post
    I see a lot of this same question in several threads so perhaps we could centralize our thoughts.

    I love Zen Pinball. It is the main reason I power up my PS3 these days. With the release of ZP2, this game has gone into the stratosphere for me. Perhaps the fine folks at Zen could chime in with this but, the question on our minds is: What's next? We know we have the Fantastic Four table coming but what else can we look forward to? Is ZP winding down or do we have another full year of releases? Will we ever see any of the Xbox tables?

    Please, share your thoughts.
    Marvel Civil War and Dr.Strange.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snakeman07 View Post
    Marvel Civil War and Dr.Strange.
    Aren't there other unannounced partnerships in the works as well? I don't think those tables will be out before the end of the year. I'm all for new tables but I would like to see some of the xbox tables on the PS3 and vice versa.

    I can understand exclusives but having tables just for the xbox wont make me buy an xbox. I'm not sure why they would think that.

    In fact I'm playing the older tables much more than the new ones now except maybe Fear Itself and X-men.

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    Personally, with so many tables to (re)play on ZP2, I'm not in any rush to get new tables.

    But If I would like to see something, it would be more fantasy tables. I just love fantasy themes like Sorcerer's Lair and Excalibur!
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    i hope that they do not do any more marvel tables there are other tables too i like the marvel tables but id like to see more like non marvel tables.

    fantasy themes like epic quest with its auto saving your levels and loot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tenorhero View Post
    I don't think those tables will be out before the end of the year.
    Actually I believe they will be out before the year ends. According to the interview that was done with Zen by Game Informer, you could very well see those tables by the end of the year. Especially Dr. Strange. Since the debut of Marvel tables, Zen has always released some tables every December in packs. I believe the same thing will happen this year. What will it be? We don't know, but isn't it fun speculating?!
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    Quote Originally Posted by snakeman07 View Post
    Marvel Civil War and Dr.Strange.
    Oh, so those are confirmed? I wasn't aware of that. Still, I do enjoy most of the Marvel tables (the exceptions being X-Men and Avengers) but I was hoping for some news on original table ideas like Sorcerer's Lair and Paranormal.

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    Zen never announces their plans until the tables are ready to release. We do know that two more Marvel tables are in the works (Dr. Strange and Civil War) and we also know that 12 non-Marvel tables are in development. Many of those are linked with partnerships.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shogun00 View Post
    we also know that 12 non-Marvel tables are in development. Many of those are linked with partnerships.
    See, I didn't know that either. Maybe I should check out these forums more often. Thanks for the info!

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    Quote Originally Posted by shogun00 View Post
    Zen never announces their plans until the tables are ready to release. We do know that two more Marvel tables are in the works (Dr. Strange and Civil War) and we also know that 12 non-Marvel tables are in development. Many of those are linked with partnerships.
    Althought not confirmed to be in development, I remember the creator of Archer was interested in getting a table for the show. That may be 1 of the dozen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by parathod View Post
    Althought not confirmed to be in development, I remember the creator of Archer was interested in getting a table for the show. That may be 1 of the dozen.
    According to Barbie, nothing has come out of it yet. They are still pretty much in the negotiation phase for that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by parathod View Post
    Althought not confirmed to be in development, I remember the creator of Archer was interested in getting a table for the show. That may be 1 of the dozen.
    We did kick around the idea of an Archer table, but who knows... maybe someday! I am a huge Archer fan, so it would be cool to see that happen. We also have a HUGE reveal coming up later on with a very popular name that I know you guys will go crazy over. I can't wait!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BarbieBobomb View Post
    We did kick around the idea of an Archer table, but who knows... maybe someday! I am a huge Archer fan, so it would be cool to see that happen. We also have a HUGE reveal coming up later on with a very popular name that I know you guys will go crazy over. I can't wait!
    Spuds MacKenzie table confirmed! lol. I'll be happy with anything you guys puts out. My top 10 would probably be a 5/5 mix of original tables/licensed tables.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorktron2000 View Post
    Oh, so those are confirmed? I wasn't aware of that. Still, I do enjoy most of the Marvel tables (the exceptions being X-Men and Avengers) but I was hoping for some news on original table ideas like Sorcerer's Lair and Paranormal.
    Don't pass up on x-men. I thought the same thing then I finally realized how deep the table really was and it became my favorite. Blade was one of those I was adamant about and didn't care for it. Since ZP2 was released I have grown attached to it but not as much as the other marvel tables I love. Ghost Rider is the only marvel table that I don't particularly care for.

    So top marvel tables for me are.


    Fear Itself (nothing can beat this table for me. It is the best designed table i have ever played)
    X-men
    Thor
    Fantastic Four
    Moon Knight
    Iron Man
    Infinity Gauntlet
    Avengers
    Blade
    Captain America
    Spiderman
    World War Hulk
    Wolverine
    Ghost Rider

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    Quote Originally Posted by BarbieBobomb View Post
    We did kick around the idea of an Archer table, but who knows... maybe someday! I am a huge Archer fan, so it would be cool to see that happen. We also have a HUGE reveal coming up later on with a very popular name that I know you guys will go crazy over. I can't wait!
    I'm going to guess: Game of Thrones. Actually more likely the Hobbit since the first movie comes out in December.

    I said in that other thread that I wasn't interested in any more Marvel tables (I'm just not a fan of many of them), but a Dr Strange table I would buy so long as it has a strong magic/fantasy feel to it. That way I can pretend it isn't another super-hero table.


    It's also awesome to hear that there are 12 new tables in the works?!? YES!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metalzoic View Post
    I'm going to guess: Game of Thrones. Actually more likely the Hobbit since the first movie comes out in December.

    I said in that other thread that I wasn't interested in any more Marvel tables (I'm just not a fan of many of them), but a Dr Strange table I would buy so long as it has a strong magic/fantasy feel to it. That way I can pretend it isn't another super-hero table.


    It's also awesome to hear that there are 12 new tables in the works?!? YES!
    Fantastic Four + Dr. Strange + Civil War + possibly 12 other tables = Epic. I included FF because I never played it.

    I guess another interesting "Where is ZP2 going?" question would be: Will we ever see a table that isn't regulation/standard size? Or how about a table with another whole table underneath it (make it a fantasy theme with adventurers going in the Underdark or something).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorktron2000 View Post
    Fantastic Four + Dr. Strange + Civil War + possibly 12 other tables = Epic. I included FF because I never played it.

    I guess another interesting "Where is ZP2 going?" question would be: Will we ever see a table that isn't regulation/standard size? Or how about a table with another whole table underneath it (make it a fantasy theme with adventurers going in the Underdark or something).
    Man I'm sure Zen got some awesome ideas already for the 12 NON Marvel tables alongside of the Marvel tables as well. I'm excited to hear about them in the future. I won't even lie though. I'm a bit more excited to see what type of tables the WiiU will have and if any exclusives will be coming their way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rafie View Post
    Man I'm sure Zen got some awesome ideas already for the 12 NON Marvel tables alongside of the Marvel tables as well. I'm excited to hear about them in the future. I won't even lie though. I'm a bit more excited to see what type of tables the WiiU will have and if any exclusives will be coming their way.
    Haha yeah I'm sure ZEN has something too. Rafie maybe you should work at ZEN and then come back and tell us LOL!


    To be honest Wii U might even be the best version!

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    The Wii U, right? I have already read that several developers are underwhelmed by the specs of the machine. The Xbox 720 and The PS4 or PS Orbitus will annihilate it....not to start a war but facts are facts. The big N has been behind Sony and M$ since the PS2 and the Xbox...I think these machines will hold more capabilities and a lot more ram and power to do things with....just my 2 cents....can't wait for new table announcements!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LumaFan") View Post
    Rafie maybe you should work at ZEN and then come back and tell us LOL!


    To be honest Wii U might even be the best version!
    Man it would be awesome to work for a company like Zen. Then I wouldn't be able to speculate what's going on anymore. In most cases I would already know.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kemetman View Post
    The Wii U, right? I have already read that several developers are underwhelmed by the specs of the machine. The Xbox 720 and The PS4 or PS Orbitus will annihilate it....not to start a war but facts are facts. The big N has been behind Sony and M$ since the PS2 and the Xbox...I think these machines will hold more capabilities and a lot more ram and power to do things with....just my 2 cents....can't wait for new table announcements!
    That's not the type of conversation I was going for. I'm not here to say what platform is the best. My only reason for even stating anything about the WiiU is because Nintendo will finally have a Zen pinball title outside of the 3DS. Also the possibility of having Nintendo exclusive tables is really a HUGE win here. Not interested in the "hardware" discussion.
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    The wiiU controller should be awesome to play pinball games ... with it, on it, anyway !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rafie View Post
    Nintendo will finally have a Zen pinball title outside of the 3DS. Also the possibility of having Nintendo exclusive tables is really a HUGE win here.
    Iwata already said that Nintendo will not pay for exclusives for the Wii U. However, that doesn't mean that they wouldn't let a third party studio like Zen work with one of their characters for a low licensing fee. A 4 pack of Nintendo pinball tables could easily be the best selling downloadable on the Wii U/3DS, but some random Kirby table thrown under the Zen Pinball title probably wouldn't give Nintendo or Zen any great additional exposure even though it'd definitely be their highest selling DLC table for Zen Pinball on Nintendo consoles. I don't plan on buying a 3DS or WiiU, so I'd just have to sit back in envy.

    Edit: I guess the conclusion i'm drawing is that a Nintendo exclusive table isn't a definite by any means. Microsoft has been known to push hard for exclusive content and Sony tries as well. Zen benefits most by having their content spread across all consoles so they need strong incentives to spend resources on exclusives. I'm positive Zen has Nintendo exclusives on their mind, but it's really up to Nintendo if that dream becomes a reality. There might actually be a higher probability that Nintendo would want Zen to create a Nintendo published pinball game than to allow Zen to create a Nintendo themed table or two for Zen Pinball.
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    Am I the only person who does not know who Archer is??
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    Quote Originally Posted by lasvegaspinballhalloffame View Post
    Am I the only person who does not know who Archer is??
    It's a cartoon from the creator of Sealab 2021. Archer is like a cross between James Bond and a frat guy whose flunking college. If you have FX, I recommend watching a few episodes. It's not for everyone, but I find it funny/entertaining and it would make a good theme for a pinball table even for those who do not recognize the character.

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    Question, does he weild a bow and arrow? Hawkeye is lame enough with his love of archery. A superhero who performs a medicore olympic sport, breathtaking!
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    Quote Originally Posted by lasvegaspinballhalloffame View Post
    Question, does he weild a bow and arrow? Hawkeye is lame enough with his love of archery. A superhero who performs a medicore olympic sport, breathtaking!
    *rolls eyes* No... LOL.

    You like Tim & Eric and weird stuff like that, I highly recommend you watch Archer. You'd love it.

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    I'd like to see a pinball table based on a pinball table based on itself. It'd kind of be like taking a picture of yourself in the mirror of you taking a picture of yourself.
    That or something with cute little pandas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BarbieBobomb View Post
    *rolls eyes* No... LOL.

    You like Tim & Eric and weird stuff like that, I highly recommend you watch Archer. You'd love it.
    The first two seasons are on Netflix streaming!

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