FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WILLIAMS™ PINBALL FQA – PUBLISH ON SEPTEMBER 04 2018
What does it mean to have “remastered” tables?
Remastered Williams™ Pinball tables have all been enhanced with features that make them feel fresh and new. 3D interactive characters and models, ball effects, particle effects, 2D objects and improved table lighting and textures have been added to the tables.
Our goal is to make these tables feel fresh and new for a modern-day play experience. We did not totally remake the games, which means rules have not changed. The classic gameplay and rulesets remain unchanged.
And Fish Tales will be completely free?
Fish Tales is free for all players, and you can enjoy playing the game in all available modes on Pinball FX3 including single player challenges, multiplayer matchups and user generated tournaments.
We wanted to give all pinball players the chance to experience what it feels like to play the classic version and the remastered versions of these tables at no risk. Fish Tales is the personal favorite of many on the Zen Studios team, so it made sense to give this one away for all to enjoy.
How is a “remaster” different than what Zen normally does?
Previously, Zen has created pinball games from scratch – the initial design, rule set, modes, artwork, characters and theme. In the case of Williams™ Pinball tables, we are taking something that already exists and adding enhancements. Our goal was not to totally remake the game, which would require the same process as an original game. Rather we wanted to make the game feel fresh and new. It is a fine line we are walking here and we want to know from players if we should take this further or if we are achieving the right balance between the classic and new feel.
What does it mean to say that the physics are different?
Zen is releasing a new physics simulation for the Williams™ Pinball tables that plays differently from Zen’s traditional pinball tables. The ball is more random and reacts differently on the table. We have adjusted surface materials on the Williams™ Pinball tables and you can see and feel different movement on the ball including ball spin. You can perform all of the “trick” shots in the game that are possible on a real machine. We are preparing a special video to demonstrate these shots!
Can we expect this to be the norm from here on out regarding all Williams tables?
Yes! Every Williams™ Pinball table that Zen releases will also come with a remastered version. When you purchase a table or pack you will receive the remastered version included – it is not a separate purchase.
Please let us know if you like our approach to the remastered versions, we are really interested in your feedback.
When are the first Williams™ Pinball tables releasing?
We will be announcing our release date for the first pack of tables in a few weeks. You do not have to wait long for Volume 1.
Which platforms will receive Williams™ Pinball tables?
Williams™ Pinball tables will first launch on Pinball FX3 for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows 10, Steam and Zen Pinball 2 on Mac. There will be a dedicated game page for Williams™ Pinball content in Pinball FX3 and the first set of tables will launch in a pack.
Are the Williams™ Pinball tables coming to Zen Pinball on iOS and Google Play?
At this time we are not planning to bring the Williams tables to Zen Pinball on iOS and Google Play. We will be making specific announcements for our plans on mobile in the future – we definitely have some!
How many tables do you plan to release within a year?
We are launching 4 tables with the first release, and we should have another 4 tables out before the end of 2018. 2019 will be very busy with releases, you will not be disappointed!
Which Williams™ Pinball tables are in the initial release?
The first set of tables includes Fish Tales™, Junk Yard™, Medieval Madness™ and The Getaway: High Speed II™.
Has there been any change to the physics for the Williams tables, or are they in line with Zen’s current physics offerings?
We have invested a lot of time and energy adjusting the physics simulation for the Williams tables, so they play true to form – it feels like real pinball. Early feedback suggests physics are spot on; however, we certainly welcome your own feedback as well. We think the ball moves and handles extremely accurately to the real thing, including accurate ball spin and “tricks” as well.
Will this game be very simulation heavy, or will there be options to have something like in Zen, where you can have score numbers popping up, etc.?
All Williams tables can be played with or without normal Pinball FX3 extras, such as score pops and in-game notification, allowing the table to be played in its purest form.
Do you plan the same kind of tournaments and leagues as in Pinball FX3?
All Pinball FX3 features are available for all Williams™ Pinball tables. This includes user-generated tournaments, multiplayer matchup and a brand-new tournament difficulty mode that is based on International Flipper Pinball Association (IFPA) rulesets. There will be no shortage of pinball competition in Pinball FX3!
Will you have modes like 1 Ball- challenges and 5-minute challenges as well?
Yes, each table has the FX3 feature set, all of these modes are included.
Does Zen’s license include both the Williams and Bally collections?
Zen has licensed the entire Williams collection, which also includes the Bally collection.
What kind of lighting can we expect? Is lighting being based on incandescent lights, like they originally had, or modern LED lighting?
The goal was to re-create as much of the original tables and their authentic pinball experience as possible, so we favored something very close to the behavior of their original incandescent light bulbs, as opposing to LED lighting.
While the tables are run by their original ROM images, meaning no additional darkening to the tables, players might still find the lighting just a tiny bit more vibrant. This better reproduces the tables’ original radiance in those dark environments where we usually played them.
Let’s see how you can access the Beta:
● Find Pinball FX3 in your Steam library, or download it through here:
● Right click on Pinball FX3 in your Steam library and select ‘Properties’
● Find the Betas tab and click on it
● In the drop down menu select williams_pinball_beta
● Your game will switch to this different version, you might have to restart your Steam client to complete the process
● Click Play and enjoy your pre-release look on Fish Tales™, Junk Yard™, Medieval Madness™ and The Getaway: High Speed II™!
● Please leave your feedback through this form: https://www.pinballfx.com/?page_id=7998
You are very welcome to take screenshots or videos from the Beta build and to share your thoughts with us on social media, on our Beta forum, or visit digitalpinballfans.com.