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Pinball FX2 coming to Xbox One at the end of July

Pinball FX2 is a bittersweet game for many Windows Phone gamers. A Windows Phone version of the popular Xbox 360 game was supposed to come along in 2012 (see our interview), but it turned into vaporware (unofficial cancellation) instead. At least it did come out on Windows 8, giving tablet and PC gamers plenty of pinball goodness to enjoy.

The Xbox One is still a new console and doesn't have a pinball game to its name. That will soon change with the arrival of Pinball FX2! Zen Studios' epic pinball platform has long been announced for Microsoft's latest console as part of the ID@Xbox program. And now the Xbox One version has an official release date: July 31. The base game will cost nothing and includes a full table for free! Read on for more details and a list of tables that will be available to buy at launch.

Xbox One tables

The Pinball FX2 client will be a free download and includes the original table Sorcerer's Lair completely free. This matches the game's release on other platforms like Android and iOS, as Sorcerer;s Lair has always been free on those systems. It was not free on Xbox 360 due to Microsoft's publishing restrictions, but thankfully Zen can self-publish now on Xbox One.

Other tables can be purchased individually for $2.49-$2.99, with packs of tables ringing up at $9.99. Each table has a free demo so players can try them before buying.

The launch tables include a mixture of original tables, plus licensed Marvel and Star Wars tables.

Licensed:

  • Captain America
  • Deadpool
  • Doctor Strange
  • Fantastic Four
  • Marvel Civil War
  • Marvel Pinball pack – Spider-Man, Iron Man, Wolverine, and Blade
  • Marvel Pinball Avengers Chronicles: World War Hulk, Infinity Gauntlet, The Avengers, and Fear Itself
  • Marvel Pinball Vengeance and Virtue: Ghost Rider, Moon Knight, Thor, and X-Men
  • Plants VS. Zombies – See our detailed impressions of this table!
  • Star Wars Pinball: Heroes Within – Episode IV A New Hope, Han Solo, Droids, Masters of the Force
  • Star Wars Pinball: Balance of the Force – Episode VI Return of the Jedi, Starfighter Assault, Darth Vader
  • Star Wars Pinball Original pack – Episode V, Boba Fett, The Clone Wars

Original:

  • Earth Defense
  • Epic Quest
  • Excalibur
  • Mars
  • Paranormal
  • Pinball FX2 Core pack – Biolab, Pasha, Rome, Secrets of the Deep
  • Sorcerer's Lair
  • Zen Classics – Shaman, El Dorado, Tesla and V12

Coming soon:

  • The Walking Dead

Pinball FX2 to coming Xbox One

Xbox One details

The good news is that Pinball FX2 for Xbox One will be the best version of the game yet. It runs in 1080p at 60 frames per second, which should look really nice. It boasts a brand new menu interface. The Xbox 360 version's menus were a tad clunky, so the new menu should be an improvement. It will support worldwide tournaments, as I believe the 360 version did. And of course it will have new Achievements! Let's hope they're more humanly attainable than most of the 360 version's Achievements.

The bad news is that tables purchased in the Xbox 360 version will not transfer over to Pinball FX2 on Xbox One. We have only Microsoft to blame. Zen supports the cross-buy concept on Playstation platforms, but were denied the ability to share purchases between Xbox 360 and Xbox One. I guess we should count ourselves lucky that universal apps are even a thing on Windows Phone and Windows 8 nowadays, right?

Cross-buy or no, a certain crowd of Xbox One owners (myself included) are starving for some pinball action on their new consoles. We'll soon have an excellent pinball game and tons of great tables to choose from. Stay tuned to Windows Phone Central for hands-on impressions with Pinball FX2 for Xbox One in the weeks to come!

Paul Acevedo is the Games Editor at Windows Central. A lifelong gamer, he has written about videogames for over 15 years and reviewed over 350 games for our site. Follow him on Twitter @PaulRAcevedo. Don’t hate. Appreciate!

26 Comments
  • This is my jam. I've bought this game/tables so many times (Xbox 360 + Win 8), but still, worth it. Can't wait for this. Infinity Gauntlet and Fear Itself are my faves.
  • I can clearly remember u told u r not a game lover Dan??????
  • If the Xbox One couldn't handle a pinball game at 1080p 60fps, then I think we'd be in trouble lol
  • Damn, I was hoping the tables would transfer. I have almost all the tables on my Xbox 360.
  • Yeah, I have like 80 percent of the tables on 360 too. Ah well, at least we have a new place to play the game if we're willing to shell out for it again. :)
  • On Zen's forum they stated they are forwarding all the negative remarks to Microsoft, they did mention in one post that they would try to make things right for all the 360 owners.
  • Well xbox one is a separate architecture to 360 w8/wp8
  • There is also a really well done, user-created, Fable-themed pinball game inside Project Spark on Xbox One and Windows 8 too. Major Nelso was impressed by it. Obviously, though, Pinball fx2 is much better.
  • played this to death on 360. lets hope the achievements are not a copy & paste.
  • 360 tables won't transfer over, by what about win8?
  • This^
    I bought tables on the Windows 8 version and never played the 360 version. Do those transfer
  • I'd like to know this too. I mean they've started implementing several apps and games that you purchase once and download twice between WP and Win 8.
  • 360 is a different architecture to the xbox 1 & even w8/wp8 are different
  • Yes, but that doesn't preclude the purchases transferring over.
  • No, not Windows 8 either.
  • That why I didn't by 360 tables, I have them on win 8 and not gonna purchase twice. And I'm still dumbfounded why they this for android and IOS but not WP. Bah!
  • Wow. As exciting news as this is I'm extremely annoyed that my tables have to be repurchased. I literally have this game on 4 devices at home and I can't wait for it to be one Xbox One but the fact that it's not unversal is unbelievable. Another $40 now I have to blow on tables again, then spend the time to rack my scores back up. I really hope that this version is worth all the hassle and blows the previous versions out of the water. Pinball Arcade looks pretty slick on PS4 so it would be nice to see one that can compete.
  • Waiting eagerly.
  • The lack of cross-buy is a huge disappointment and a failed diplomatic opportunity. The competition does it and you draw a line in the sand with a no? I'm glad some of you are willing to buy twice (or once if this is your first go around) but I sure as shit won't. I paid for too many tables with arguably unobtainable achievements that I won't sign up for the same nonsense again. This is coming from a long time achievement hunter who very much enjoyed his first go around with this game.
  • The only reason why they do it is they haven't changed much architecture wise unlike this messed up ecosystem which has several differences on each. & they rather not have the issues they had moving from xbox to 360
  • Didn't the article say Zen supports cross-buy but that Microsoft doesn't support it? At least for the Xbox 360. I'm not sure there's much more to it than that.
  • Exactly. Not sure why Strider is making vague excuses.
  • The wii u/3ds versions weren't free either
  • Here you go.  Let them know how you feel.  http://xbox.uservoice.com/forums/251647-gaming-achievements/suggestions/...  
  • That's a constructive idea. Thank you.
  • Oh hell yes. I've been asking for Xbox One release details for months now, and found nothing but a wall of silence. Only now is it mentioned and it's two weeks away. Why the secrecy? Anyway, pretty excited about this. Such a shame there is no cross-buy because I've bought practically every table but whatever. I'll be able to choose my favourites from the lineup of old tables this time around.