Universal Classics™ Pinball Brings Iconic Film Franchises to Pinball FX2 VR
Zen Studios’ Three-Pack of Tables Offers New Virtual Reality Experiences for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial™, Jaws™ and Back to the Future™
San Francisco, CA – May 15, 2018 – In collaboration with Universal, Zen Studios announced that one of its most critically acclaimed video pinball packs enters virtual reality today on Oculus Rift, Oculus Go and Gear VR. Now available for Pinball FX2 VR, Universal Classics Pinball includes immersive new features for fan-favorite tables inspired by E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jaws and Back to the Future.
As with previous Pinball FX2 VR releases, Universal Classics Pinball places pinball machines in the middle of iconic locations, including the forest behind Elliot’s house, a beach villa looking out to an Amity Island sunset, and Hill Valley’s historic town square—complete with a familiar clock tower. Players can expect to see E.T. elongate his head to see what’s happening during his pinball adventure, just as a shark fin circles the Jaws table and Doc Brown drives—or flies!—his time machine as players engage with Back to the Future.
Universal Classics Pinball earned a 90 on Metacritic (Xbox One) for its non-VR Pinball FX3 release last September. The Pinball FX2 VR version features every bit of film-adapting gameplay that resonated so well with critics and fans alike, from E.T. collecting candy in a cornfield to Marty McFly showcasing his skills at arcade shooting and players braving the open waters in a shark cage for an exciting multi-ball mode.
“For Zen Studios’ first-ever VR tables inspired by popular films, we’re offering up three of the most popular ones we’ve created in recent memory,” says Mel Kirk, Zen’s Vice President of Publishing. “We know that VR players are as hungry as a great white on the Fourth of July for quality new content, and Zen is happy to deliver with Universal Classics Pinball.”
About Zen Studios
Zen Studios is a leading global producer and publisher of interactive entertainment software for all major digital game platforms. Recognized as one of the premier independent gaming studios in the world, Zen’s offices span from its headquarters in Budapest, Hungary, to offices in the United States. Zen Studios has worked with some of the most iconic entertainment studios, including NBC Universal, FOX Digital Entertainment, Marvel Entertainment, South Park Studios and Lucasfilm, as well as revered gaming properties like Valve’s Portal and Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead. Zen Studios’ CastleStorm franchise has also won the developer critical acclaim and commercial success, including the coveted Editor’s Choice awards from both the Apple App Store and Google Play, and its Pinball FX franchise has defined video game pinball excellence since 2007.
Universal Games and Digital Platforms
Universal’s Games and Digital Platforms group leverages the vast portfolio of IP and characters from NBCUniversal. The Games and Digital Platforms group is a business unit of Universal Brand Development (www.universalbranddevelopment.com), which is chartered with globally expanding the company’s intellectual properties, franchises, characters and stories through innovative physical and digital products, content, and consumer experiences. The company’s extensive portfolio includes properties created by Universal Pictures, Illumination Entertainment, DreamWorks Animation, and NBCUniversal cable and television. Universal Brand Development (www.universalbranddevelopment.com) is a business segment of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, and part of NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.