Zen Pinball 2 will be releasing for PlayStation 3 this year. But dont get too excited just yet! While this is a significant change there are no new tables coming out with this release. So what is Zen Pinball 2 then? Well, anyone familiar with the Xbox 360 version of Zen Studios’ game, which it titled Pinball FX, will know exactly what is coming. In 2010 Zen release Pinball FX2, which was a free upgrade from the first game. What it did was revamped the UI, brought in better graphics and physics, and served as a new platform to purchase and manage your tables.
Zen Pinball on PS3 is currently split into a few games. There is Zen Pinball proper, and then two standalone Marvel Pinball releases. When Zen Pinball 2 comes out it will transition all your content from the three games into one, making it easier to get to all your tables. Like the Pinball FX2 upgrade, it will also bring “updated physics, new trophies and integration into a new social system that includes the option to post scores to Facebook” to each table. For those who dont own any of Zen Studios pinball games yet, Zen Pinball 2 will be a free download with each table available for purchase a-la-carte. This drops the barrier of entry from a $10 purchase down to just the purchase of one table, which is around $2-3. Better yet, you will be able to play a trial version of each table before you buy.
If you have a PlayStation Vita your content will be available cross-platform at no extra change. “We have really focused on keeping the community intact, offering compelling new features and connecting the cross-platform experience between the PlayStation®3 and the PlayStation®Vita,” said Mel Kirk, Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations at Zen Studios.
“When Zen Pinball 2 releases, existing Zen Pinball and Marvel Pinball owners will simply download an update and their content will automatically import into the new Zen Pinball 2 platform.” Zen Pinball 2 will launch alongside Marvel Pinball: Avengers Chronicles sometime this spring.
Zen Studios Announces Zen Pinball 2™ for PlayStation®3 system and PlayStation®Vita system via PlayStation®Network
Zen Pinball 2™ is a Free Upgrade for Existing Zen Pinball™ and Marvel Pinball™ Players
Los Angeles, CA – April 9, 2012 – Zen Studios, the definitive leader in videogame pinball, today announced Zen Pinball 2 for the PlayStation®3 system and PlayStation®Vita system via PlayStation®Network.
Set to release spring of 2012, Zen Pinball 2 features an abundance of exciting new features and updates, making it the premiere pinball platform on any digital distribution network. Best of all, Zen Pinball 2 is a free update for existing Zen Pinball and Marvel Pinball owners, while new users can download the pinball platform and try every pinball table for free. All told, Zen Pinball 2 will launch with twenty-six pinball tables!
Additionally, players will enjoy cross-platform entitlement and any Zen Pinball 2 purchase will entitle players to both the PS3 and PS®Vita versions at no additional charge. Zen Pinball 2 will release in conjunction with Marvel Pinball: Avengers Chronicles, a new four-table pack featuring tables based on ‘Marvel’s The Avengers’ Movie, ‘World War Hulk,’ ‘Fear Itself,’ and ‘The Infinity Gauntlet.’
“We are so excited about the future of videogame pinball, and Zen Pinball 2 is the most advanced pinball platform available on any digital network. We are happy to upgrade physics, provide new trophies and introduce compelling new social features and more to all of our existing players at no charge,” said Mel Kirk, Zen Studios Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations. “We have really focused on keeping the community intact, offering compelling new features and connecting the cross-platform experience between the PlayStation®3 and the PlayStation®Vita.”
When Zen Pinball 2 releases, existing Zen Pinball and Marvel Pinball owners will simply download an update and their content will automatically import into the new Zen Pinball 2 platform. Each table will receive updated physics, new trophies and integration into a new social system that includes the option to post scores to Facebook.
Zen Pinball 2 list of features:
- PlayStation®3 system and PlayStation®Vita system cross-platform entitlement including shared global leaderboards, online friend challenges and tournaments
- The most advanced ball physics simulation to date
- Compete against other players to achieve the highest ProScore™, and team up with your friends to increase your TeamScore™
- Exceptional visuals in full 3D on 3D compatible TV sets
- Free, fully playable demos for all available tables
- Exciting multiplayer modes, including local split-screen and hotseat multiplayer, online, and worldwide tournaments
- New tables released regularly through the PlayStation®Store
- Share your scores on Facebook
- New rule sheets to help you achieve higher scores
- New trophies for each table
Zen Pinball 2 will be a free download for any PlayStatation®Network user on the PlayStation®3 system and the PlayStation®Vita system, and will ship with a robust trial system allowing the player to sample each table in the game.