BlahCade 216: Zen Pinball FX News Unpacked

Jared Morgan Jared Morgan Follow Feb 17, 2021 · 4 mins read
BlahCade 216: Zen Pinball FX News Unpacked
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Zen Studios announced that they will be releasing a brand new Pinball FX app this year.

Not Pinball FX4, just Pinball FX.

The new Pinball FX logo

There is only one thing we can do with news like this: tease it apart and analyze the inside line of the news.

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01:00 — Intro and show errata

Just a few corrections to the last episode relating to VR. We missed some stuff and also done goofed in parts. Here is where we set it straight.

06:30— The Pinball Show premieres

Zen Studios has its own show now called The Pinball Show.

In this segment, we just make a point about news format shows like The Pinball Show and how news is released in this format.

12:00 — The Announcement

The Pinball Show had Mel Kirk on and they interviewed him about Pinball FX and what it’s all about.

We break down each part of the interview and comment individually.

24:30 — Backwards compatibility and new IPs

A big question among owners of FX3 is whether their tables purchases will transfer to the new platform, and what devices the game is even going to be released on.

Based on what Mel Kirk says, we speculate why the licensors probably want you to repurchase, even if Zen doesn’t.

Mel also confirmed that there will be a heap of new IPs in Pinball FX this year, including an additional Star Wars table announced in the next show.

News about physics as well. 😉

41:00 — New engine and physics across all tables

Why is a new engine good news for consumers?

It means easier and faster game development and better quality control for cross-platform releases. But it might also mean better opportunities with Arcade 1UP with more advanced pinball titles.

49:00 — Battle Royale

The single biggest addition to the game will be Pinball Royale, an online multiplayer battle royale style game.

Zen is looking to get in the Fortnite, PUBG, Rocket League market with a heavy influence on Tetris 99.

If you’ve not seen this game, it looks a bit like this.

Tetris 99 screenshot

Mel confirmed that they took a lot of inspiration from the mechanics of Tetris 99 so this could be a lot of fun.

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