Would-be Pinball FX wizards must remain mere apprentices for a few more weeks, as Zen Studios' Xbox Live Arcade game has suffered a delay. Originally set for release this Wednesday, the game has now been pushed to October 27.
In a statement announcing the delay, Microsoft Game Studios lead producer Mark Coates explained, "We decided to take a little extra time to ensure the launch of Pinball FX 2 is absolutely perfect."
Technically a free download, Pinball FX 2 is a platform that will work with the original game's tables, as well as a new 800 Microsoft point ($10) starter pack of four new tables. Those who already own the original Pinball FX will also be able to import that game's tables into the sequel, where they will receive new achievements and visual updates. Players will also be able to sample new tables before deciding whether or not to make a purchase.
Pinball FX 2 was intended to be the third title in Microsoft's Game Feast promotion, following up on the launches of Hydrophobia and Comic Jumper, and leading into the promotion-capping Super Meat Boy on October 20. Its new release date puts it at the very end of the month, meaning gamers will need to act quickly if they want a Pinball FX 2 purchase to count toward the October Microsoft points give away promotion, where gamers who spend 2,400 ($30) Microsoft points in October will be credited with an additional 800 Microsoft points ($10).
For more on Pinball FX 2, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.