The campaign went live this morning, September 5th, with the team at Silverball looking to raise a minimum of $400,000 to fund this much-anticipated project.
The team promises that with the funding received from a successful Kickstarter campaign they will be giving the fans more than they would ever expect. The first promise made by the development team is that they will revive the series with a brand new ultimate Pro Pinball table. To do this in the most authentic way possible, the team have enlisted the help of pinball legend Pat Lawlor, creator of the best selling pinball table of all time, The Addams Family, and the highest rated pinball table of all time, The Twilight Zone.
“Being involved with this project is hugely exciting. The team at Silverball is the only choice when it comes to virtual pinball. This project is like a dream come true for me too, without the usual economic constraints of the real world, I can explore design strategies that would normally be impossible.” said Pat Lawlor.
The second promise, if the project receives full funding, is that the team will fully remaster the four original Pro Pinball tables for PC, Mac and iOS.
“When the Pro Pinball games were first made we pushed the hardware to the limit, but time has moved on and now we can do so much more! Our plan is to fully remaster the four tables to ensure that the original, and hugely popular, classics maintain their authenticity whilst looking and playing the best they can. Plus you will finally be able to take Pro Pinball wherever you go and play on an iPad or iPhone!” said Adrian Barritt, CEO of Silverball Studios.
The Pro Pinball series was created in 1995 by a team of developers at Cunning Developments, headed up by Silverball CEO Adrian Barritt. Since Silverball Studios was set up the team have created new pinball games; Mario Pinball Land, Metroid Prime Pinball, Pinball Pulse: The Ancients Beckon and Frogger Pinball.
“All of our Pinball titles at Silverball have been a huge success but not a day goes past without a fan asking me when we are going to bring back the original Pro Pinball tables. So now, after all these years, we really want to answer those questions with “soon”. Funding this project through Kickstarter will mean that we can get input from those fans that back the project, and we can also keep to the ethos of no compromise when it comes to quality and realism.” added Barritt.
In return for their pledge, Kickstarter backers will receive a wide range of reward items, including signed boxed copies of the tables in the series; classic and new, and the opportunity to appear on the back-glass of the new table, drawn by the great John Youssi; the artist responsible for a the back-glass artwork for The Addams Family, The Twilight Zone and Medieval Madness. Plus the team are creating a series of metal Pro Pinball badges, in Chrome, Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum; and these collectors’ items will only be available to the Kickstarter backers.
This project is set to be a major milestone in the world of pinball and in light of the team´s passion for pinball games and the dedication of the fans of the original series, Silverball are confident that with the backing required, fans will not be disappointed.
To visit the Kickstarter page and pledge your support, please visit: www.kickstarter.com/projects/1790321238/pro-pinball-revived-and-remastered
UPDATE: If the project reaches its $400,000 goal, the games will also be made available on XBLA. Based on fan feedback the team is also considering adding PSN, Android and Ouya – a new gaming device due for release, after successful Kickstarter funding, in April 2013.
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