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    Default Pinball FX - The new pinball platform for Zen Studios coming 2021!

    Pinball FX is hitting the pinball space in 2021! It will be available on Xbox Series X/S, PS5, Nintendo Switch, and Epic Game Store!

    Our most ambitious pinball project to date will introduce Pinball Royale, Career mode, Challenges, a Clan system, enhanced visuals, and more!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oj3l...ature=youtu.be
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    Quote Originally Posted by Linne_Zen View Post
    Pinball FX is hitting the pinball space in 2021! Our most ambitious pinball project to date will introduce Pinball Royale, Career mode, Challenges, a Clan system, enhanced visuals, and more!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oj3l...ature=youtu.be
    I saw the Pinball Show on YouTube announcing this. Will the tables be rendered in 4k? I have all 99 tables; will these all transfer over to the new platform? Can I assume that FX3 will continue to be around as I suppose for the new platform, all leaderboards will start from scratch. I saw that you will be creating an original table with The Mandalorian, which is very exciting. I prefer the originals you have produced, yet, if you can get some licenses within Williams/Bally such as Raiders of the Last Ark and other movie themed pinballs, that would be extremely awesome. I hope you add some new badges and make it less about merely participating in tournaments and more about a badge earned; such as getting all of the achievements available, etc.

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    I really like this new upcoming platform but I also have a great concern about the pinball tables that we currently own. For example, I only play Williams classics and have a full size cabinet built for it. Obviously I am on PC. If the new platform is the way to go, surely should be able to have our current tables transferred. If not, FX3 should still be operational. Personally, in FX3 don't care about the leader boards or competition or even playing online. As long as we can keep our current tables it will be a wonderful thing.

    As for the new Pinball FX, the announcement did not offer a great deal of information. Not really sure what is all about and how things are going to work? I watched all video tasers/ pinball TV. In simple words, I am curious but not excited, yet. A bit worried actually!

    It would be very helpful to hear more constructive and more direct announcement about the new Pinball FX.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Turtle Power View Post
    I really like this new upcoming platform but I also have a great concern about the pinball tables that we currently own. For example, I only play Williams classics and have a full size cabinet built for it. Obviously I am on PC. If the new platform is the way to go, surely should be able to have our current tables transferred. If not, FX3 should still be operational. Personally, in FX3 don't care about the leader boards or competition or even playing online. As long as we can keep our current tables it will be a wonderful thing.

    As for the new Pinball FX, the announcement did not offer a great deal of information. Not really sure what is all about and how things are going to work? I watched all video tasers/ pinball TV. In simple words, I am curious but not excited, yet. A bit worried actually!

    It would be very helpful to hear more constructive and more direct announcement about the new Pinball FX.

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    This would be the main gist of my concern(s) as well. I'm also a PC Classic Williams/Bally player and have zero interest in the arcade style functions (like power ups, etc.... ), nor do I have any interest in the community based gameplay aspects (although I don't mind the global leaderboard as an indication of how you're doing on a table).

    An updated platform would be fine (especially if it cleans up the current mess of how multiple monitors must be set up) but I sincerely hope that any move away from the current single player/classic format would also include assurances that the current platform will continue to be supported in the foreseeable future.
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    As long as i get to take my tables with me to the new app then i will continue to buy more and support PBFX, as i have all the present tables across steam and xbox, and there is no way i am buying them all again.
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    Hey Guys!

    We will be able to confirm platforms and answer questions about backward compatibility once we have worked out some of the outstanding licensing hurdles involved. We would like to ask for a little bit of patience in this matter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Turtle Power View Post
    I really like this new upcoming platform but I also have a great concern about the pinball tables that we currently own. For example, I only play Williams classics and have a full size cabinet built for it. Obviously I am on PC. If the new platform is the way to go, surely should be able to have our current tables transferred. If not, FX3 should still be operational. Personally, in FX3 don't care about the leader boards or competition or even playing online. As long as we can keep our current tables it will be a wonderful thing.

    As for the new Pinball FX, the announcement did not offer a great deal of information. Not really sure what is all about and how things are going to work? I watched all video tasers/ pinball TV. In simple words, I am curious but not excited, yet. A bit worried actually!

    It would be very helpful to hear more constructive and more direct announcement about the new Pinball FX.

    Cheers
    Since I have spent a good chunk of my life enjoying the global competition that includes the leaderboards, incorporate the old leaderboards of FX3 with the new Pinball FX that you leave the leaderboards as they are and allow us to BUILD upon what we have established. Please don't make us start all over to attain certain high scores that we already have. It would feel like all of our labor in climbing the leaderboards would have been in vain and THAT would really suck. Please give this some strong consideration.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flapsmojo57 View Post
    Since I have spent a good chunk of my life enjoying the global competition that includes the leaderboards, incorporate the old leaderboards of FX3 with the new Pinball FX that you leave the leaderboards as they are and allow us to BUILD upon what we have established. Please don't make us start all over to attain certain high scores that we already have. It would feel like all of our labor in climbing the leaderboards would have been in vain and THAT would really suck. Please give this some strong consideration.
    In that case, I agree.

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    Default Keep achievements going forward

    Quote Originally Posted by Linne_Zen View Post
    Pinball FX is hitting the pinball space in 2021! Our most ambitious pinball project to date will introduce Pinball Royale, Career mode, Challenges, a Clan system, enhanced visuals, and more!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oj3l...ature=youtu.be
    And PLEASE allow all earned achievements we have go forward to the next platform. If I have to earn all of the achievements again, like this would be what, the 4th time, I will absolutely lose it....... I should only have to earn the newly released achievements for the new platform, such as the Mandalorian. Really looking forward to that.

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    Exclamation Important features

    Quote Originally Posted by Linne_Zen View Post
    Pinball FX is hitting the pinball space in 2021! Our most ambitious pinball project to date ...
    Guys please listen this time to the community...

    1. Cabinet Support (incl. a fixed (no zoom) camera-angle and also a animated Backglass)
    2. DOF Interface (Link) / open triggers (for LEDs and SSF) -> https://youtu.be/y2wJojbgqqs?t=337
    3. Online-(Muiltiplayer)-Matches (while see the opponent playing on my sceen)

    would be sooo great and helpful. Your game will be much more attractive to the VIP-Community... for sure!
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    Quote Originally Posted by fR33Styler View Post
    Guys please listen this time to the community...

    1. Cabinet Support (incl. a fixed (no zoom) camera-angle and also a animated Backglass)
    2. DOF Interface (Link) / open triggers (for LEDs and SSF) -> https://youtu.be/y2wJojbgqqs?t=337
    3. Online-(Muiltiplayer)-Matches (while see the opponent playing on my sceen)

    would be sooo great and helpful. Your game will be much more attractive to the VIP-Community... for sure!
    I would also like to see options above. Most importantly, options that are useful for cabinet users. Being able to disable useless features like moving cameras, plunger focus and menu/ score screens.

    Zen Studios is very familiar with the user requests/ pinball enthusiasts and I trust they will make it possible. if tables are not backward compatible with FX3, hopefully we will get to see an updated features for FX3 and keep it.

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    Thank you very much for all the requests and suggestions, I will definitely forward them!
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    If Zen Studios is keen on going extra mile for cabinet users, I am wondering how hard would it be to have a fully functional and adjustable backglass for the secondary screen without any needs to look for static images from various internet sources?

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    Default Not too sure about new platform.........

    Quote Originally Posted by Linne_Zen View Post
    Thank you very much for all the requests and suggestions, I will definitely forward them!
    I watched episode #2 of "The Pinball Show" and it is becoming increasingly clear to me that this is a virtual reality, next gen platform (FX), and that FX3 is going to be kicked to the curb........again. The only mention of a new pinball this year is for the new platform and that is the Mandalorian. ZEN notes that later on in the year, they will release Mandalorian to FX3. In the mean time, get ready for a reloading of all the current table in the new FX with all sorts of distracting things flying about. Personally, I think this is to draw a new, younger audience to their pinball platform, since, like me, pinheads are for all intent and purposes a group of older dudes, like myself, who love pinball going way back. And I think it's great to have the new platform. No doubt I'll be buying what I need to play it. BUT, I SO want to continue playing FX3, particularly the classic mode, as I see that as a truer measure of pinball purity and skill. I had this pinball fantasy, as many did, that ZEN would be bringing hundreds of new tables through its Williams/Bally license as well as more original tables for the FX3 platform.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flapsmojo57 View Post
    I watched episode #2 of "The Pinball Show" and it is becoming increasingly clear to me that this is a virtual reality, next gen platform (FX), and that FX3 is going to be kicked to the curb........again. The only mention of a new pinball this year is for the new platform and that is the Mandalorian. ZEN notes that later on in the year, they will release Mandalorian to FX3. In the mean time, get ready for a reloading of all the current table in the new FX with all sorts of distracting things flying about. Personally, I think this is to draw a new, younger audience to their pinball platform, since, like me, pinheads are for all intent and purposes a group of older dudes, like myself, who love pinball going way back. And I think it's great to have the new platform. No doubt I'll be buying what I need to play it. BUT, I SO want to continue playing FX3, particularly the classic mode, as I see that as a truer measure of pinball purity and skill. I had this pinball fantasy, as many did, that ZEN would be bringing hundreds of new tables through its Williams/Bally license as well as more original tables for the FX3 platform.
    Hey flapsmojo! Thank you very much for your feedback! Regarding our new platform, Pinball FX, we will have more information soon, probably in the next Pinball Show, so stay tuned!
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    Are you planing to release an iOS version of pinball fx or this platform are definitely abandoned, I thing the iPad are one of the best device to play to a pinball game, it’s really sad if it’s abandoned !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emmgr23 View Post
    Are you planing to release an iOS version of pinball fx or this platform are definitely abandoned, I thing the iPad are one of the best device to play to a pinball game, it’s really sad if it’s abandoned !
    Yeah, it is definitely a great platform for pinball! Currently, we don't have any information about that, if that changes, we will surely let you know on our social media platforms and forums.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Linne_Zen View Post
    Hey Guys!

    We will be able to confirm platforms and answer questions about backward compatibility once we have worked out some of the outstanding licensing hurdles involved. We would like to ask for a little bit of patience in this matter.
    Which translates to "You're going to lose a load of tables"

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    Since then, we had a Pinball Show episode, where we addressed all the burning questions. You can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azXRN_Bqcmc&t=6s
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    Quote Originally Posted by Linne_Zen View Post
    Since then, we had a Pinball Show episode, where we addressed all the burning questions. You can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azXRN_Bqcmc&t=6s
    Thank you for sharing. This is mostly new news to me. Shame Walking Dead (and Portal) won’t carry over but I understand the licensing challenges.

    Hopefully, the bundle pricing will help soften the blow of having to repurchase all of the tables. The Star Wars and Zen Originals I will get first. Then Marvel. Maybe wait for sales (eventually) for the Williams tables as I have already bought those twice (Pinball Arcade and Pinball FX3) so not looking forward to buying those a third time. And generally, I don’t find those as fun.

    If we want real tables, I’d love an agreement with Stern and music-based tables like AC/DC, Metallica, Iron Maiden, etc.!

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    Quote Originally Posted by djb5f View Post
    Thank you for sharing. This is mostly new news to me. Shame Walking Dead (and Portal) won’t carry over but I understand the licensing challenges.

    Hopefully, the bundle pricing will help soften the blow of having to repurchase all of the tables. The Star Wars and Zen Originals I will get first. Then Marvel. Maybe wait for sales (eventually) for the Williams tables as I have already bought those twice (Pinball Arcade and Pinball FX3) so not looking forward to buying those a third time. And generally, I don’t find those as fun.

    If we want real tables, I’d love an agreement with Stern and music-based tables like AC/DC, Metallica, Iron Maiden, etc.!
    Yeah, it would be cool! Actually, we have an AC/DC and a Metalica table in our personal collection in the office. Great ones!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Linne_Zen View Post
    Since then, we had a Pinball Show episode, where we addressed all the burning questions. You can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azXRN_Bqcmc&t=6s
    I intend to purchase the new FX but I do have questions and observations:

    -Spoke with techs at the electronic store Best Buy and they said that for playing VR, the PS5 is the best console. However, you can't find a PS5 unless you go on EBAY and pay 3 to 4x its retail price. Then you must purchase the VR gear for it. The Oculus is around $400. Then, as has been confirmed by ZEN, you have to re-purchase the games. All of that stands as a pretty tall order to even get started. Has ZEN taken all of this into account in marketing FX? I have yet to see one comment about the play-ability of the new next gen platform in the Forums from fellow pinheads.

    -The million dollar question for me is this; can you turn off all of the noise/bells and whistles and play these games in, for lack of a better phrase, the 'CLASSIC' mode?

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    Quote Originally Posted by flapsmojo57 View Post
    I intend to purchase the new FX but I do have questions and observations:

    -Spoke with techs at the electronic store Best Buy and they said that for playing VR, the PS5 is the best console. However, you can't find a PS5 unless you go on EBAY and pay 3 to 4x its retail price. Then you must purchase the VR gear for it. The Oculus is around $400. Then, as has been confirmed by ZEN, you have to re-purchase the games. All of that stands as a pretty tall order to even get started. Has ZEN taken all of this into account in marketing FX? I have yet to see one comment about the play-ability of the new next gen platform in the Forums from fellow pinheads.

    -The million dollar question for me is this; can you turn off all of the noise/bells and whistles and play these games in, for lack of a better phrase, the 'CLASSIC' mode?
    Sorry, maybe I misunderstood your question. Do you ask if the tables in the new Pinball FX will have the latest iteration of "Williams Physics"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Linne_Zen View Post
    Sorry, maybe I misunderstood your question. Do you ask if the tables in the new Pinball FX will have the latest iteration of "Williams Physics"?
    My main question got answered: After having bought and played on the platform I see that it does have a 'Classic' mode. But to your point; will the Williams tables have their physics in Classic mode that we now see in FX3? Thanks......

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    Quote Originally Posted by flapsmojo57 View Post
    My main question got answered: After having bought and played on the platform I see that it does have a 'Classic' mode. But to your point; will the Williams tables have their physics in Classic mode that we now see in FX3? Thanks......
    Currently, we don't have any immediate information on this, but once we will have more to share, we will definitely post it here and to our social media platforms.
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