On the heels of yesterday’s platform release update, FarSight Studios today launched their previously hinted at Kickstarter campaign to bring Williams’ 1991 classic pinball machine Terminator 2: Judgment Day to Pinball Arcade. As with their two previous Kickstarters for tables featuring licenses, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Twilight Zone, the goal is to raise funds to acquire the necessary licensing for both the name, theme, and likenesses featured in the game, and it turns out Terminator 2 is so far the most expensive one they’ve gone after. Not too surprising, given the likeness featured is Arnold “The Muscles from Brussels” Schwarzenegger. The Star Trek Kickstarter raised $7000 more than FarSight needed for that game, though, so that’s been applied to T2, bringing the goal down to $59,000. Still a big chunk of change, but now that Xbox 360 and other platform players finally have hope for the game again, maybe doable. Shrewd timing, FarSight.
If funding for Terminator 2 is successful, the studio plans to next go after the great white whale, the Holy Grail of pinball licenses: The Addams Family.
It’s been a while since there was last any news on the Wii U version of Pinball Arcade, FarSight Studios’ most glorious project since Color-A-Dinosaur, but there’s finally more to report, and it’s all becoming a bit more concrete. In a post on the official Pinball Arcade Facebook page today FarSight gave details on the status of all it’s various platform releases, and had this to say regarding Wii U:
Wii-U: The Beta build of our Wii-U Pinball Arcade release will enter internal test next week. It is scheduled for final submission to Nintendo in late July, and for release to customers in September. All of the tables in Table Packs 1 through 16 will be available on the Wii-U at launch.
So there you go! September! Assuming no major fuck-ups!
FarSight Studios today released a video of The Pinball Arcade running on a Wii U devkit via Facebook and various other channels as the latest in a series of announcements surrounding Christmas. According to the Facebook post the “launch pack” for the game (presumably the game itself and whatever DLC tables they plan to release first) is set to be submitted to Nintendo for approval by the end of January, where it will then stay in approval hell for half a year before being denied due to a few bugs or a typo in the copyright notice, because that’s how things seem to work out for this game. Barring anything unforeseen, however, the game should actually arrive on the Wii U eShop sometime before the end of March. (No, I don’t have any source for that, it just seems like a reasonable timeframe.) The video is embedded below.
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