Okay, I’ll admit it… I’m a Star Wars fanboy! I have to admit, this is probably the most anticipated game for me for the PS Vita and it has taken me completely by surprise. It was accidentally leaked by SCEA on their blog a couple of days ago and hinted at in the Zen Studios Interview that we conducted recently, but they have confirmed that the next DLC release for Zen Pinball 2 is a series of Star Wars themed tables!
Being released both as DLC for Zen Pinball 2 and as a stand-alone release (although this hasn’t been confirmed whether the PS Vita version will offer a stand-alone option) Star Wars Pinball features a brand new collection of tables developed with authentic Star Wars moments. The downloadable game, developed in partnership with LucasArts, will be available February 2013 on a variety of digital platforms. The initial three-table pack will be themed around fan favorites including Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Boba Fett and Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
Each table features a different iconic moment from the Star Wars universe, with interactive 3D characters, and unique gameplay. With the first table release, players will take control of beloved characters such as Luke Skywalker, Boba Fett, Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano. Players will also be able to post their scores to global leaderboards, experience in-game friend challenges, local hotseat, online multiplayer, and a host of other features. “It’s been over 30 years since Star Wars, videogames, and solid state pinball all burst onto the entertainment scene, and their popularity endures today. We’re excited to be combining all three for the very first time,” said Neil Sorens, Zen Studios’ Creative Director. “Our designers are huge Star Wars fans, and you can expect every detail in every table to reflect their passion for the Star Wars universe.”
A total of ten tables are scheduled to be released but no mention has been made yet as to whether they will feature original music from the films, or brand new compositions, and what degree the sound and audio from the films will feature in the game so it is currently unknown whether we will hear the actual cast of the films in the game. However, looking at the screenshots, it is already looking absolutely incredible and this is going to be a must-buy release day purchase for every Star Wars fan!
No release date has been announced but we’d wager that this is set to be the biggest pinball game ever… and even better for PS Vita and PS3 owners – as with all tables for Zen Pinball 2, it’s Cross Buy!