The Pinball Arcade platform has some big plans for the coming year for all platforms. Check out what they want to do for 2014.
- Table Add-On Pack #21 Released – Table Add-On Pack #21 featuring Fish Tales is available now on Android, iOS, Kindle Fire, Mac, OUYA and PC. It should also be available on the PS3 (NA/EU), PS4 (NA/EU), and PS Vita (NA/EU) in early March. Xbox 360 release time frame TBD.
- New Tables Coming Soon – FarSight has confirmed that Black Knight 2000, Junkyard and WHO dunnit will all be released during Season Three of The Pinball Arcade.
- Season Three Details – Season Three will feature 10 tables, which should all include Pro Versions available for purchase, and will be released from December 2013 – September 2014. Individual table add-on packs will be available for $4.99 (basic table) and $7.99 (pro table which features a Pro Menu). The Season Three Table Pack (includes all 10 basic tables) is available for $29.99 and the Season Three Pro Table Pack (includes all 10 pro tables which feature a Pro Menu) is available for $39.99.
- Challenge Mode – Challenge Mode is currently in Beta testing and is set to be released in early 2014. Challenge Mode will feature multiple challenges to test your skills which includes Williams Challenge, Bally Challenge, Gottlieb & Stern Challenge and Season Challenges.
- Online Head-To-Head – FarSight is in the process of designing a challenge mode within the game to go head to head with a player of your choice. Opponents scores will be displayed on-screen to let you know if you have fallen behind or how much of a lead you have. The concept is still undergoing design, but FarSight guarantees an intense interactive experience to come in The Pinball Arcade.
- New Features – FarSight will be adding new features to The Pinball Arcade which will include various online game modes in 2014.
- Brand New User Interface – FarSight is currently in the preliminary stages of building a new and improved interface that will greatly improve the user experience. The new interface will feature flexible options to customize the UI to the user’s preference while at the same time offer a quick start option which will allow users to jump right into a table with ease. The new UI is set to hit all supported platforms and devices in 2014.
- Newly Emulated Tables – FarSight is in the process of updating a select few of the currently scripted tables to full ROM emulation which will be included in future updates in 2014 as they are completed.
- Pinball After Dark – FarSight has announced Pinball After Darkwhich is slated for release in 2014. Pinball After Dark will feature more mature themed tables that FarSight has previously been unable to bring to The Pinball Arcade because of explicit themes. FarSight hopes to bring Pinball After Dark to every platform and device currently supported by The Pinball Arcade.
- January Update (PS3/PS Vita) – The PS3/PS Vita will receive an update in January 2014 which will include Table Add-On Pack #19 featuring Class of 1812 and Victory, Table Add-On Pack #20 featuring Cue Ball Wizard and El Dorado, Class of 1812 Pro, Cue Ball Wizard Pro plus minor adjustments. Table Add-On Pack #19 and #20 should be available in early to mid January 2014.
- Mega Patch (PS3/PS Vita) – FarSight is still working on artwork corrections, bug fixes and tweaks that they would like to include in the Mega Patch and hope to be done with the patch soon. They plan to submit to Sony in early 2014 and hope to have the patch rolled out first quarter 2014.
- 3D Support (PS3/PS4) – FarSight will be adding 3D support for The Pinball Arcade (which may be included in the Mega Patch) on the PS3 during the first quarter of 2014 and on the PS4 shortly thereafter.
- PS4 Patch – FarSight is currently working on a patch for the PS4 which will include a fix for the audio, the option to use the L2/R2 triggers for the flippers, controller rumble support plus other various fixes and requested options and hope to release the patch in early 2014.
- European Market Discount Issues (PS4) – FarSight is still waiting for a response from SCEE on a timeframe for when the Season One discount bug will be fixed and available for those who purchased Season One on the PS3/PS Vita in the European Market. FarSight hopes to have this issue resolved ASAP.
- Upcoming Add-On Content (PS4) – FarSight plans to release Season Three add-on content on the PS4 close to the same timeframe as the PS3/PS Vita Season Three add-on content releases throughout 2014. FarSight hopes to have Season Two updated and released on the PS4 late first quarter to early second quarter 2014.
- Retail Disc Version (PS4) – The PS4 version of The Pinball Arcade has been released on disc in the North American region and will be released in early 2014 in the European region. The disc version currently features 22 tables which includes the four core tables plus all the tables from Season One. FarSight plans to release a patch for the disc based version of The Pinball Arcade in 2014 which will allow for purchase of add-on content and should contain bug fixes and the addition of a few requested options.
- Submission For Approval (Wii U) – After a lengthy delay, the Wii U version is back on track and will be submitted to Nintendo in early 2014. Release timeframe TBD.
- Re-Launch (Xbox 360) – FarSight is currently working on a plan to re-launch The Pinball Arcade on XBLA with all currently released add-on content, but are not releasing any further information until/unless it becomes more solid.
- Linux Support – FarSight has announced that they have begun working on the Linux version of Pinball Arcade which should be coming to Steam in 2014.
- Cab Support (PC) – FarSight has received their virtual pinball cabinet and preliminary work on the build has already begun. Cap support lands on PC in 2014.
- DirectX 11 Support (PC) – FarSight is currently working on DirectX 11 support for the PC version which will bring the real-time lighting/reflections of the PS4 version to the PC during the first half of 2014.
Given all of this, first of all who out there owns The Pinball Arcade content? If so, which platform(s) and will you continue purchasing more TPA content? If you don’t have any TPA content yet, do these plans give you some motivation?
SSB is the editor of the website Fun With Bonus, home of the semi-coherent, misguided ramblings of a journeyman professional/amateur pinball player.