The Sony stands alone
One of the cooler features in the upcoming Pinball FX3 is the inclusion of live multiplayer between opponents. Now you don’t have to just believe an easily faked scoreboard online to prove you are better than someone. While I didn’t expect cross-platform to be a part of the experience, Zen Studios has announced that FX3 will feature competition between platforms. How awesome!
Unexpectedly, PS4 players will be limited to matchmaking between other PS4 brethren and PC players. As for everyone else (Windows 10, PC, Xbox One), they’ll have access to users from any version for multiplayer hi-jinks, excluding PS4. I suppose there really isn’t anything we can do about that.
As for the list of playable tables, nearly every DLC table from the previous entry will transfer into 3. Only five aren’t making the cut, which comes down to licensing issues. They are as follows:
- South Park Pinball 2 Table Pack
- Street Fighter Pinball
- Ninja Gaiden Pinball
- Plants vs. Zombies Pinball
- Ms. Splosion Man Pinball
What is mainly surprising is that things like Star Wars Pinball, Bethesda Pinball and Marvel Pinball are all getting a free transfer. You’d think those respective IP owners would want players to pony up extra cash, but somehow Zen Studios has worked its magic. Good for them!
There isn’t any word of a Switch release or even if the mobile ports will feature multiplayer, but apparently the game is coming “very soon,” according to Zen Studios. It will be interesting to see how the older tables will look on a brand new engine and if they’ll include any new gameplay features. I would guess not, which isn’t too bad given the low cost of porting them over.