Pinball Arcade heading to consoles, handhelds

Pinball Hall of Fame studio bringing licensed pinball platform to Vita, 3DS, PS3, Xbox 360, PC, Mac, Android, iOS early next year; Stern Pinball on board.

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Pinball's golden age may be behind it, but flipper fanatics still have something to look forward to. Farsight Studios has announced it will release The Pinball Arcade on a plethora of platforms early next year.

Tales of the Arabian Nights will be one of Pinball Arcade's first four tables (screenshot from Pinball Hall of Fame - The Williams Collection).
Tales of the Arabian Nights will be one of Pinball Arcade's first four tables (screenshot from Pinball Hall of Fame - The Williams Collection).

Set for release on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, 3DS, PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Android devices, The Pinball Arcade will feature digital re-creations of real-life pinball tables from manufacturers like Williams, Bally, and Gottlieb. The game will also include licensed tables from the last remaining maker of coin-op pinball machines, Stern.

The first four tables made available will include Tales of the Arabian Nights, Black Hole, Theatre of Magic, and Ripley's Believe It or Not. Farsight plans to release an additional two tables as downloadable content every month, with added features including online tournaments and head-to-head play. The studio has said it plans to release "over 50 of the all-time greatest tables" as part of The Pinball Arcade.

Farsight is no stranger to digital pinball preservations. The studio developed 2008's Pinball Hall of Fame - The Williams Collection and 2004's Pinball Hall of Fame - The Gottlieb Collection for multiple platforms. Most recently, the developer released a version of The Williams Collection for the 3DS. For more on Farsight's past efforts, check out GameSpot's review of the current-gen console version of Pinball Hall of Fame - The Williams Collection.

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