Insomniac Almost Made Superlative Pinball Sim

Insomniac Almost Made Superlative Pinball Sim

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Insomniac Games set out to make the greatest pinball videogame the world had ever seen, but it vanished under mysterious circumstances.

Just as pinball machines have slowly disappeared from pizza parlors, boardwalks, and arcades worldwide, so too did an ambitious pinball sim from Insomniac fall by the wayside. Even while the popular developer was hard at work on Resistance 2 and Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty, Insomniac began development on 1080Pinball, a proposed downloadable title that would have merged a meticulously physics-heavy pinball game with original tables based on the greats of yore. While the developer pulled the plug on the project in mid-2007, Insomniac has not yet given a reason why.

The information on the canceled game came by way of Insomniac's new Facebook Timeline. "[1080Pinball] was intended to be the most realistic pinball simulation ever (including simulating weight of ball, gravity, and friction of table surface, as well as accurately modeling the "kick bumpers"), running in 1080p and 60fps," it reads. The page goes on to explain that the game aimed to be for pinball simulations what Gran Turismo is for driving games, and that this reveal should explain the vast number of pinball machines seen in Insomniac's offices, as well as its Pinballz music video.

Those who are interested in the reasons behind the game's ultimate fate can tune into the next episode of The Full Moon Show, Insomniac's podcast. 1080Pinball may not have excited Insomniac fans quite like Rachet & Clank or Resistance, but the company clearly put a good amount of money and effort into research and development. Consequently, its cancellation may involve bigger factors than just development costs and available resources. As the old song goes: "There has to be a twist."

Source: Insomniac Games's Timeline

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Pinball article.

Pinball Wizard reference.

It's literally impossible not to make one. :)

I'd probably have bought it, too. As a downloadable PSN title like Quest for Booty.

too bad the best pinball game already exists

Well they could donate the pinball engine and table tools to guys like the lot at VPForums ( www.vpforums.org ) or a similiar group who still worship pinball tables and would apreciate it.
Doubt that would happen though... no money to be had in that action.

I think that Zen Pinball/Pinball FX already does a hell of a job doing pinball games for iOS/Xbox360/PS3. Marvel Pinball is pretty awesome as are quite a few of the tables, like Epic Quest, for the core game.

Dam it! Whoever canceled this project deserves a paddling.

teh_Canape:
too bad the best pinball game already exists

Ah! But can you play it by sense of smell?

DVS BSTrD:
Dam it! Whoever canceled this project deserves a paddling.

teh_Canape:
too bad the best pinball game already exists

Ah! But can you play it by sense of smell?

if you buy the box new, yes
>that feel when the smell of a new game

It was canceled, I assume, because it wouldn't have been profitable. INSOMNIAC! KICK START THAT SHIT!

only if hes blind rofl

DVS BSTrD:
Dam it! Whoever canceled this project deserves a paddling.

Ditching an incredibly unique project in favor of safer franchises? That's a paddlin'

Maybe there was a reason they didn't make a physics heavy pinball game and why they are disappearing from Arcades.

I would have rather had this than another (or any) Resistance game.

(Though honestly Pinball FX is pretty darn good)

oh well

This has genuinely ruined my day, I wanted a pinball game!

Does this look like an april fools to anyone else? Because i really laughed at the "Realistic pinball at 1080 and 60FPS" bit. I think this might be a nice little dig at Sony and the PS3 launch promises about how much better everything would be in "1080p at 60FPS".

Or maybe i just like laughing at Sony too much.

Not sure if serious...

But the ultimate pinball sim stil got to be Pinball Dreams / Pinball Fantasies for Amiga.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UNGMiPETXo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kZ-i9mGav4

Goddamnit, we need more pinball games! I almost wept when they got rid of the Doctor Who pinball machine in the snooker place near my Dad's house. That was one of my last pinball fixes. Nowadays the only thing I have to hand is some free one on my iPod and Sonic Spinball, which I can never get past the first round of.

Sorry to ruin the mood. But remember what day it is. ;)

While it would be fun to have a new well made pinball game, the best pinball game ever has already...

teh_Canape:
too bad the best pinball game already exists
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Awh GOD DAMNIT! Ninjas everywhere. :'(

I would never buy it unless it had an accurate simulation of the pinball game that came with Windows XP. Best pinball ever. Real pinball is shit.

 

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