Major Pinball Industry Production Update - Late January 2023 UPDATED
Updated: Jan 28
Happy Friday everyone! Today, Stern Pinball finally showed us a glimpse of its newest machine, James Bond, on the assembly line. Stern's regular Factory Friday video showed them cranking out tons of James Bond Pros. In addition to machines flying out the door, the code on James Bond continues to progress. On Tuesday, Stern launched Code version 0.84 for the game. It included several new modes, but no multi-ball stacking yet. Stern is hoping to enable multi-balls to be stacked with modes in its next update. See below for pics & video of Bonds being produced.
In addition to James Bond, Jack Danger's Deadflip Facebook page shared a picture of the Jurassic Park Home Edition that he designed being produced at Stern this week (see below).
In other production news, Pinball Brothers' continues to slowly produce units of its new game Queen. The Queen machines that are being delivered at this point seem to be almost what I would call Beta machines that Pedretti Gaming and Pinball Brothers are using to perfect their production techniques for the game. Below are pictures of a just delivered Queen machine that is appearing on location in Germany at a place called Multiball - Kicker Flipper Dart und Billard for the public to play this weekend.
Spooky Pinball continues to build the early run of its new Scooby-Doo pinball machine. Fifty-six games are currently in various stages of being built. Typically Spooky produces a batch of early games that it and others play for a couple of weeks to make sure all of the kinks are worked out before the big production push begins. Spooky has specifically stated that it believes the main run of Scooby-Doos will begin to run at a "decent pace" in two to three weeks. Spooky recently confirmed that it is still on track to show more gameplay of the machine in January. Given the fact that today is the 27th, it has to be happening soon :). There is a rumor floating around that Spooky may show more video of it during Saturday night's Pinball Awards on The Pinball Network. If that doesn't happen, look for the company to do a stream of it, possibly on Deadflip's Twitch channel, on Monday or Tuesday. Perhaps both? UPDATE: Several minutes ago Spooky shared a pic of Scooby-Doo surrounded by camera equipment, so it looks like a stream is imminent (pic below).
Multimorphic continues to build new P3 machines and Weird Al's Museum of Natural Hilarity modules. There's still a significant backlog for both, however that does not necessarily mean that the Company won't introduce a new game soon. Multimorphic's founder, Gerry Stellenberg recently had the following to say on the subject over on Pinside:
"For traditional (single-themed) machines, it usually makes sense to finish shipping previous machine orders before announcing a new title (though some announce prior to that anyway). For a platform machine, it doesn't make any sense. That would deny owners the advantages of a owning platform. Can you imagine Sony or Nintendo having a big backlog for consoles and saying they wouldn't release any new games until they finished shipping all back-ordered consoles? That would punish existing console owners. We're interested in the opposite... ensuring that all P3 owners continue to have access to new games and features regardless of how many people are lined up to get their own P3s (and eventually the exact same loyalty and attention from us).
That's not say to we aren't also going to continue increasing our MFG capabilities to keep the build queue reasonable even as interest continues to rise. We are. A 1-year backlog is pretty reasonable in this industry. Many machines from many pinball manufacturers have build queues longer than that. At least with us, you know that up front, and anybody interested can get in the queue now and shrink the time between new game announcements and delivery of their machine. ... and when we show off new games, a lot of people are going to wish they had. Then, when we announce future titles, a new batch of people will be lamenting the wait and wishing they'd already gotten in line today while all of you are enjoying each new game."
So it certainly sounds as though we will see a new P3 module in the not so distant future.
Dutch Pinball continues to produce Big Lebowski machines at a steady pace. Earlier this week, a Facebook page called Pinballdreams Belgium shared pictures of Dutch Pinball's factory (see below). Dutch still has quite a few Lebowskis to produce. They have stated that they have a "(very) great desire" to finish production of the outstanding Early Achiever Lebowski games in 2023. I'm hearing rumblings about a possible next game.
Chicago Gaming Company (CGC) continues to ship out Cactus Canyons at a steady pace. A constant flow of customers have been showing off their new Cactus Canyons on Pinside, though I'm sure not as quickly as they or CGC would like. There's talk that CGC's next game, a single-level Pulp Fiction machine designed by Mark Ritchie, may be shown off at the Texas Pinball Festival (TPF) in March. I heard that the game was done a while ago, so as long as Cactus Canyon production continues the launch of the next game should be relatively soon.
Jersey Jack Pinball continues to produce Toy Story 4 machines (see pic below). I have to be careful what I say about the next game, but rest assured, it's coming pretty soon.
I'm assuming that Haggis Pinball continues to build and ship its Fathom Revisited machines, but I haven't seen many pictures of unboxings lately.
Things have been very quiet over at American Pinball as well. I've seen posts that the company continues to ship Legends of Valhalla and Oktoberfest machines, but nothing specific about its rumored next machine, Galactic Tank Force, designed by Dennis Nordman with art by Christopher Franchi. One would think that the game will be also shown off at TPF.
That should be about everyone. If I missed anybody, let me know. Have a great weekend!
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