Resistance dev reveals canceled pinball game

Insomniac reveals it worked on downloadable game 1080Pinball in early 2007 that would be "the most realistic pinball simulation ever"; shut down for unknown reasons.

Resistance and Ratchet & Clank developer Insomniac Games has revealed one of its canceled projects, and it's not in the vein of anything the studio has ever produced. An update on the developer's Facebook Timeline reveals that Insomniac began work in January 2007 on 1080Pinball, what it hoped would be "the most realistic pinball simulation ever."

Insomniac's pinball game never made it to release.

A downloadable game, the project was to run at 1080p and 60 frames per second and simulate the weight of a ball, gravity, and table friction. Additionally, 1080Pinball was designed with Gran Turismo-like progression and would have included tables influenced by "some of the greatest tables ever made."

Insomniac called it quits on the project in mid-2007 but did not say why. The developer shipped three PlayStation 3 titles in 2007 and 2008: Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction, Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty, and Resistance 2.

More details about 1080Pinball will be divulged during the company's upcoming podcast.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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jer_1
jer_1

Pinball games are a complete waste of time and effort maybe?

wwlettsome
wwlettsome

News story on a game that was cancelled almost 5 year ago? I love the caption on the picture..."never made it to release." They cancelled it within 6 months of starting it! It barely got worked on let alone never made it to release.

blasterchief
blasterchief

Not sure if extremely stupid... or early unfunny April Fools joke.

nocoolnamejim
nocoolnamejim moderator

Unknown reasons? I'm going to take a stab in the dark and say that those "unknown reasons" amounted to some younger worker who's played a modern video game finally speaking up in a meeting and telling everyone, "Hey, guys? Even if we're right and we do create the most realistic pinball simulation ever...well...that still sounds incredibly boring. Who below the age of 50 is going to want to buy it?"

franzito
franzito

Pinball is helpless nostalgic

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

....and I bet their game would have blown the doors off Pinball FX. Honestly though I miss real pinball machines....whenever I see one I have to play a couple games, I tend to ignore arcades unless they have some sort of oddity that you can't get on consoles...

jakkblades
jakkblades

I don't even like to hear about this stuff it's so heartbreaking. Sony you fools!!!

Shawshoe
Shawshoe

They tell me John was a clean cut man at the age of 19. But now he's in his grave ... A victim of a big old truck, and a pinball machine.

CptRexKramer
CptRexKramer

@Jaxith I agree with you. As much fun as a video pinball might be, it will NEVER simulate the feel of a real table. And like you, I'd have like to have seen what Insomniac came up with. Maybe one day........

Jaxith
Jaxith

I like pinball. I'm skeptical that a video pinball game could really come out well enough to truly emulate the real thing, but I wouldn't have complained to see this come to fruition.

CyberLips
CyberLips

am i the only one who doesn't care because i didn't know they were making one in the first place? :lol:

kid23455
kid23455

I was laughing at first. Now I realize I kind of wanted it.

hella_epic
hella_epic

ahh man....this had GOTY written all over it :(

visionedorange
visionedorange

NOO!!! PINBALL GOT CANCELLED? damnit, that was my most anticipated game of 2012...

Dawg9000
Dawg9000

Jesus, the Backbreaker of pinball, sans the crappy.

badiie05
badiie05

@nima_metal90 hahah very dramatic! I played the first and second but I didn't find the third appealing without Hale :/ I still one day want to give it a go. :P

badiie05
badiie05

If they only went through with it...I reckon it would have sold more than Resistance 3

crunchb3rry
crunchb3rry

"shut down for unknown reasons." Yeah...nobody wants to play pinball. Unless there's attachments and prestige levels.

---Cipher---
---Cipher---

So why are they telling us? "we had a great idea in the works!...then we kinda stopped...but it was going to be awesome...just not now, because Fred spilled his juice box all over it!"

digi-demon
digi-demon

Wow another PS3 game that actually runs 60fps @ 1080P.... oh wait its a Pinball game :P

Bozanimal
Bozanimal

When Midway shuttered its pinball business (before eventually going bankrupt), a little part of my childhood died. I have yet to play a single video reproduction that matched the raw joy of smacking a real ball with flippers. Possibly with force feedback and motion sensing remotes it can get there, but I have yet to get the same tactile pleasure from video pinball in over 25 years of gaming, and I love me some pinball. I don't know where insomniac was headed - 1080p doesn't really blow up my skirt - but any attempt to bring pinball home is alright in my book. Maybe the Rockstar folks would be interested: They did make one helluva Ping Pong game.

Victorious_Fize
Victorious_Fize

Ok, at first I was all like, thank God they cancelled it... then I read this: "A downloadable game, the project was to run at 1080p and 60 frames per second and simulate the weight of a ball, gravity, and table friction. Additionally, 1080Pinball was designed with Gran Turismo-like progression and would have included tables influenced by "some of the greatest tables ever made."" :shock:

Hollowdimension
Hollowdimension

@Hurvl I don't know about you but there are not that many places around to play pinball where I live and I don't have 5 grand laying around to buy my own table. So I guess I'll have to make do with video pinball.

Hurvl
Hurvl

Never send a computer/console to do a pinball machine's job. The experience of a pinball game is so much intertwined with standing at a machine, that it's hard to see how a virtual version would work.

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

"the most realistic pinball simulation ever" The premise is great. Games with best premises always get cancelled. C'est la vie.

midnightclubx
midnightclubx

Must... resist... making reference to a certain N64 snowboarding game... In all seriousness though, I get the strange feeling they probably might have cancelled this game because of Zen Pinball coming out; either that, or they wanted to spend more time on their bigger titles instead of concentrating on one specific PSN title. We may never know.

PK_Tech
PK_Tech

How is it that this news story wasn't written by Brendan? To people who don't understand why I ask, Brendan is a huge fan of pinball.

Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

Haven't played a pinball game since Psycho Pinball on the Mega Drive. I would have at least given it a go, shame but great games were obviously released in the wake of its demise.

jeremybristol
jeremybristol

My guess is that if they're making a big deal about it now, they're at least putting out feelers for restarting the project. I'd love to see them do this, though there's already several for Sony's systems, including Zen Pinball/Marvel Pinball, Pinballistic (wish they'd release some more tables), Pinball Heroes for PSP, and several disc-based versions of Pinball Hall of Fame (Williams for PSP and PS3 and Gottlieb for PSP). Zen/Marvel will soon be released on Vita, and the new downloadable version of Pinball Hall of Fame (Pinball Arcade) should be released in the next couple of months for Vita and PS3, complete with four tables (including tables from Stern and Bally) and downloadable tables. That's a lot of competition, but even still, that still makes it rarer than an FPS and there are plenty of players, like me, who would buy another game for the variety.

Vampire64
Vampire64

It it was "the most realistic pinball simulation ever", why they canceled it? Ridiculous

supertom221
supertom221

Too bad. Would love a Rachet&Clank Pinball. 1st Ball in-game. Hit Quark's nutters for a massive points bonus and an extra "ball" (Don't ask where the other ball came from)!!. Hit Dr. Nefarious and have a point bonus aswell as a free lapdance from Lawrence !!! BRUTAL, sir! Hit Ace Starlight and you get free merchandise for 15$ !! AWESOME! Ohhhh, the possibilities.....

arc_salvo
arc_salvo

This is interesting news to me. It shows me what could have been, and what could be if they actually finish this game. HD Pinball in 1080p with realistic physics sounds like something I would've actually played, even though I don't normally play pinball games. Not that there are that many nowadays.

WCK619
WCK619

Eddie Ma-COOCH doesn't understand how pinball works.

jedicommand7
jedicommand7

How does the revelation of a cancelled game 5 years ago become news?

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Ohhhh Insomniac.... Missed a corker there. Pinball with resistance and ratchet themed tables? Damn.. Would have been sweet :(

Decessus
Decessus

Yeah, I'm a little disappointed with this news. I haven't played a pinball game in a long time, but I probably would have checked this game out.

endorbr
endorbr

And they're letting us know this why? Check out this cool game we were working on but are never going to release... cool right?

DenverNick
DenverNick

@SolidTy Oh, man, memory lane, I forgot about Flipnic, that used to be one of my favorite games!

Okamiiiii
Okamiiiii

But...I love pinball games. Nooooooooo :(

GamerEye
GamerEye

What a shame. I love Pinball.