Farsight Studios have announced via Facebook that their licensing agreement for the Williams and Bally pinball trademarks will not be renewed. Tables manufactured by those two companies will no longer be purchasable within Pinball Arcade on all platforms. This includes everything from Medival Madness and Black Knight 2000 to licensed titles such as Doctor Who and Terminator 2: Judgement Day. The latter pair is notable, as they are two of the five crowdfunded tables present in the current game. All these Kickstarter successes will no longer be available to purchase once the update rolls out.
Overall, Pinball Arcade will be reduced from the current 95 tables to just 33. The full list of tables being removed is below. (Thanks to Shaneus on ResetERA for the formatting)
Tales of the Arabian Nights (1996) Bride of Pin•Bot (1991) Medieval Madness (1997) Funhouse (1990) Gorgar (1979) Monster Bash (1998) Black Knight (1980) Taxi (1988) No Good Gofers (1997) Star Trek: The Next Generation (1993) Firepower (1980) White Water (1993) Space Shuttle (1984) Pin•Bot (1986) Whirlwind (1990) Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) Fish Tales (1992) Black Knight 2000 (1989) High Speed (1986) Junk Yard (1996) Diner (1990) Bram Stoker's Dracula (1993) Earthshaker (1989) Cyclone (1988) Jack*Bot (1995) Red & Ted's Road Show (1994) The Getaway: High Speed II (1992) F-14 Tomcat (1987) No Fear: Dangerous Sports (1995) Hurricane (1991) Swords of Fury (1988) Firepower II (1983) Spanish Eyes (1972) Wild Card (1977) Sorcerer (1985) Banzai Run (1988)
Theatre of Magic (1995) Cirqus Voltaire (1997) Creature from the Black Lagoon (1992) Elvira and the Party Monsters (1989) Scared Stiff (1996) Twilight Zone (1993) Attack From Mars (1995) Dr. Dude (1990) Cactus Canyon (1998) Centaur (1981) The Champion Pub (1998) Black Rose (1992) WHO dunnit (1995) Party Zone (1991) The Addams Family (1992) Xenon (1980) Safe Cracker (1996) Judge Dredd (1993) Fireball (1971) Indy 500 (1995) Eight Ball Deluxe (1981) Doctor Who (1992) Paragon (1978) Fathom (1980) World Cup Soccer (1994)
FarSight has stated that previous owners of the tables will be able to play them indefinitely. New owners interested in grabbing these soon to be delisted pins will need to pay full price, as FarSight's licensing agreement have barred them from offering any discounts. The seven current seasons are $30 a pop on Steam, although individual tables and two packs can be purchased from inside the game.
As for the future of the game, FarSight has announced that Season 8 will include all the tables from Stern Pinball Arcade as well as a few others. The surviving tables from this shakeup will be sorted into new packs based on manufacturer.
Quick TakeWelcome to our digital future.
This news is exhausting. Pinball Arcade has been a beautiful thing over the years. A digital way to honor and respect the history of this bizarre corner of gaming history. It's not been perfect, mostly due to the complications of releasing a huge wave of content across generations of console, PC, and mobile hardware. Still, to see most of that painstaking work erased in the span of five years is heartbreaking. I feel for everyone at FarSight Studios today, and wish them the best as Pinball Arcade moves forward.
What are your thoughts on Pinball Arcade losing these tables? Will you be purchasing table packs before the deadline? Let us know in the comments below.