Oh we do like a good tease and when Bethesda is at the centre of the tease then there’s plenty to get excited about.
Posted on the Zen Studios website, your favourite nuclear mascot is giving a thumbs up to a mushroom cloud themed pinball table – but notice the name – Bethesda Pinball. If this was based purely on Fallout then surely it would have been named differently. With this in mind, which other Bethesda games do think will get the Zen Pinball treatment? My money is on Dishonored and Elder Scrolls!
Valve and Zen Studios have teamed up with Aperture Laboratories to reveal the “Aperture Science Heuristic Portal Pinball Device”, proving that persistent experimentation is not only the hallmark of good science for the benefit of mankind, but also incalculably fun!
Due for release during the week of May 25, you’ll need to guide Chell and Wheatley through test chambers by navigating portals, using aerial faith plates, defeating turrets and facing other obstacles, and battling against GLaDOS as you attempt to escape the facility and reach the surface. Team up with ATLAS and P-Body for their Cooperative Testing Initiative Multiball and wreak havok on the Turret Factory by discovering Ratman’s hidden mini playfield. The table will cost £2.49/$2.99.
Zen Studio’s have issued the following press release today:
Microsoft and Zen Studios have taken your feedback to heart, and seeing that many of you were very upset with the news that table transfers between Xbox 360 and Xbox One would not be happening, we have some good news for you! We will be able to implement table transfers on Xbox One starting from Pinball FX2’s launch. Any available table on Xbox One that was previously purchased for Xbox 360 can be imported to the new version free of charge.
However, as this process will take a bit more development time for the game, Pinball FX2 version of Xbox One will see a slight delay from its original release date this week to next month. We apologize to any fans affected by this delay, but we pledge to make it up to you by incorporating this highly desired feature.
Once again, we cannot thank you enough for your support through this process, as well as Microsoft’s, who took your feedback very seriously and worked with us to implement this feature. And again, we do apologize for the delay while we create the Pinball FX2 experience that our fans both want and deserve. We’re excited to bring Pinball FX2 to Xbox One owners, to have their previous purchases honored and transferred, and we can’t wait to share with you what we’ve got coming in the future.
Zen Studios, has announced today that Pinball FX2 will make its debut on the Xbox One via the ID@Xbox self-publishing program on July 31st this year. With only a few weeks to wait, Pinball FX2 will arrive as a free download on Xbox One with nearly the entire Pinball FX2 library available on day one, including all Star Wars Pinball table packs, all Marvel Pinball tables, Plants vs. Zombies Pinball, and Zen’s original tables available for purchase, with future tables, including The Walking Dead Pinball, just on the horizon.
Pinball FX2 brings all the pinball action for which the franchise is known into the next-generation with 1080p graphics at 60 frames per second, worldwide tournaments, new achievements, and a slick new menu interface. Additionally, downloading Pinball FX2 on Xbox One nets you the Sorcerer’s Lair table for free.
“With the release of Pinball FX2 on Xbox One, we have closed the loop and can now offer our fans a complete virtual pinball experience, regardless of their system preference,” said Mel Kirk, VP of Publishing at Zen Studios. “We’ve got a lot of great things planned for the newest generation of consoles when it comes to pinball, so stay tuned for some awesome new stuff from Zen Studios.”
Prices for tables range between $2.49 and $2.99 for single tables, and $9.99 for table packs, available from the Xbox Games Store.
We always like to hear about more games coming to Xbox One and today our friends over at Zen Studios announced we can expect 3 titles from them to grace our beloved console: Pinball FX2, CastleStorm – Definitive Edition & Kickbeat – Special Edition, will all soon be with us via ID@Xbox.
In fact CastleStorm – Definitive Editionwill be playable at the ID@Xbox Showcase today.
It is an exciting time for independent developers and we definitely feel strong support from both Microsoft and Sony in helping us bring our games to these new consoles. Our community has been shouting at us to bring games to Xbox One. Today it is a relief to let them know that games are on the way!
said Mel Kirk, Vice President of Publishing at Zen Studios
Pinball FX2 has been a staple in the digital download space for the past 4 years and was the bestselling game on Xbox Live Arcade in 2011. Zen Studios remains deeply committed to releasing new pinball tables based on amazing themes like Marvel, Star Wars and Plants vs. Zombies. Zen Studios has secured new, unannounced IPs that will make their way to Xbox One this year.
Super-genre mashup CastleStorm – Definitive Edition is invading Xbox One, featuring brand new content from its original instalment which released in May of 2013. New battles, modes, spells and features are being added to the experience.
Finally, kung-fu themed rhythm fighter KickBeat gets a Special Edition for its release on Xbox One. New features, additional soundtracks and other enhancements are being added to the original campaign. KickBeat – Special Editionoffers players several innovative ways to interact with music. The game combines beat-matching mechanics with an acrobatic style of martial arts, turning every song into a raucous battle. The game also features a music analyser that allows players to create new tracks from their own music libraries.
Keep you eyes on ThisisXbox over the coming months for further news and announcements from Zen Studios as they work closely with ID@Xbox.