I dig pinball. Do y’all know this? I don’t know if y’all know this, but I do. And I also dig Pinball FX, which has kept digital fans flipping ever since its launch on Xbox 360 way back in 2007. So it’s with no small amount of joy I bring you the news that Zen Studios is currently rebuilding its pinball simulator for launch on next-gen platforms in 2021.
The new version of Pinball FX will utilize the technology of platforms such as PS5 and Xbox Series X to deliver the flashiest and most visually arresting PFX experience to date. Not only that, but Zen is currently working on a whole host of new gameplay modes and additions, including “Pinball Royale” – a sort of “Last Ball Rolling” affair. A new career mode and score-attack challenges await, as do brand new online leagues, limited-time events, and even seasonal content.
Zen will continue to develop original tables based on a selection of pop culture brands, though the studio is keeping these under wraps for now. Additionally, a new video series titled “The Pinball Show” (ingenious), will keep fans up-to-date on all of the latest news in the fast-flipping world of Pinball FX, including upcoming content, contests, and more. You can check out the first episode below, with new episodes arriving each month going forward. Within minutes somebody says “Pinball Wizard,” but we’ll let them off just this once.
While digital pinball and its difficulty in recreating real-world physics remains a polarizing issue among players, I personally have a lot of time for Pinball FX. Not only does the team do a solid job with its real table recreations, but the inventiveness on display with its wholly original creations is quite often something to behold. With the power of next-gen platforms in its corner, I don’t see this brand tilting anytime soon.