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The Pinball Arcade Suffers a Gutter Ball as FarSight Loses Bally and Williams Licences

The Pinball Arcade

The Pinball Arcade is set to lose the majority of its tables in little over a month and a half. Developer FarSight was granted the licence to digitally recreate a series of infamous playing fields from Bally’s and Williams’ catalogue, but they have now lost that right.

As of June 30th, none of the tables listed below will be available to purchase digitally. However, any purchases made prior to this date, and obviously before this post, will continue to be supported and available for as long as the PlayStation Network remains live.

As posted over on ResetEra, the following tables will be unavailable come the end of June:

Williams Tables

  • 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)

Bally Tables

  • 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)

Despite this setback, FarSight has announced plans to continue with the series through the development of further Stern tables.

Although FarSight has faced criticism in the past for their handling of the series, and despite it being justified at times, The Pinball Arcade was an impressive feat of video game production. Its life-like physics system complemented the beautiful playing fields to create an immersive experience for all who love the game but a) can’t afford the real deal, b) don’t have room for the real deal, c) can’t get to the real deal, or d) all of the above. It’s a shame to see so much of it facing the chop.

Which of the tables are you sad to see go? We for one are rather partial to Scared Stiff – Fish Head! 

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