The Pinball Arcade Sings Phantom of the Opera

By Rebecca Smith, 2 years ago
The journey has been far from smooth for Farsight Studios and their pinball simulation title, The Pinball Arcade. After publisher Crave Entertainment went bankrupt in 2012, their publishing license was revoked by Microsoft and the game was delisted in July 2013. Back in April, FarSight announced that the game would return to the Xbox 360 courtesy of new publisher Alliance Digital Media. The game had also been confirmed for the Xbox One in March. While we still do not have any news on the Xbox LIVE Arcade version of the title, FarSight has now announced that the Xbox One title is in the latter stages of certification. The game is now scheduled for release "for the holidays" and will come with all of the tables that have been released in Season One, Two and Three. In case you missed them, this is the list of tables that will be in those packs:

Season 1

• Two table add-on pack #1: Medieval Madness (1997) and The Machine: Bride of Pin•Bot (1991)
• Two table add-on pack #2: Cirqus Voltaire (1997) and Funhouse (1990)
• Two table add-on pack #3: Gorgar (1979) and Monster Bash (1998)
• Two table add-on pack #4: Black Knight (1980) and Creature from the Black Lagoon (1992)
• Two table add-on pack #5: Harley-Davidson, 3rd Edition (2004) and Taxi (1988)
• Two table add-on pack #6: Elvira and the Party Monsters (1989) and No Good Gofers (1997)
• Two table add-on pack #7: Scared Stiff (1996) and Big Shot (1973)
• Table add-on pack #8: Twilight Zone (1993)
• Table add-on pack #9: Star Trek: The Next Generation (1993)
• Two table add-on pack #10: Attack from Mars (1995) and Genie (1979)

Season 2

• Two table add-on pack #11: Dr. Dude & His Excellent Ray (1990) and Firepower (1980)
• Two table add-on pack #12: Cactus Canyon (1998) and Central Park (1966)
• Two table add-on pack #13: Space Shuttle (1984) and White Water (1993)
• Two table add-on pack #14: Centaur (1981) and PIN•BOT (1986)
• Two table add-on pack #15: The Champion Pub (1998) and Whirlwind (1990)
• Two table add-on pack #16: Flight 2000 (1980) and Goin' Nuts (1983)
• Table add-on pack #17: Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
• Two table add-on pack #18: Tee'd Off (1993) and Haunted House (1982)
• Two table add-on pack #19: Victory (1987) and Class of 1812 (1991)
• Two table add-on pack #20: Cue Ball Wizard (1992) and El Dorado: City Of Gold (1984)

Season 3

• Table add-on pack #21: Fish Tales (1992)
• Table add-on pack #22: Black Rose (1992)
• Table add-on pack #23: Black Knight 2000 (1989)
• Table add-on pack #24: WHO Dunnit (1995)
• Table add-on pack #25: High Speed (1986)
• Table add-on pack #26: Junk Yard (1996)
• Table add-on pack #27: Lights... Camera... Action! (1989)
• Table add-on pack #28: High Roller Casino (2001)
• Table add-on pack #29: Diner (1990)
• Table add-on pack #30: Bram Stoker's Dracula (1993)

Once those three seasons have been released, players can then look forward to regular table updates beginning with Season 4, the first table in which will be Phantom of the Opera.

Phantom of the Opera™ (1990) is based on the classic novel from Gaston Leroux, published in 1910. Designed by Joe Kaminkow and Ed Cebula, this game makes excellent use of its license with outstanding audio effects and imagery that tells the story of the Phantom. The playfield features incredible artwork by world-renowned artist, Paul Faris with images of many of the characters from the novel, including the Phantom and Christine Dae. Other notable features are the Catwalk Ramp, Magic Mirror, Trap Door and an Organ that opens for Multi-Ball. The Phantom can even be unmasked and his true face revealed on the back glass! This is the first Data East™ table to be added to the Pinball Arcade.

When we get an exact release date for either version of the title, we'll be sure to let you know!
Rebecca Smith
Written by Rebecca Smith
Rebecca is the Newshound Manager at TrueGaming Network. She has been contributing articles since 2010, especially those that involve intimidatingly long lists. When not writing news, she works in an independent game shop so that she can spend all day talking about games too. She'll occasionally go outside.