2016 has been another busy year for Marvel. From Netflix’s Luke Cage to the Captain America “Hail Hydra” twist, there’s hardly been a boring moment for the fanbase. Now that New York Comic Con has come and gone, Marvel news is already back in full swing in preparation for 2017. But there isn’t just upcoming comics and series to look forward. There’s also spin-off releases. On November 8th, a variety of Marvel characters and franchises are coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in a brand new format: pinball.
Developed by Zen Studios and published by Nighthawk Interactive, Marvel Pinball Epic Collection: Volume 1 brings together 10 pinball tables based on the Marvel Universe. The collection touches on such classic characters as Blade, Iron Man, Doctor Strange and Spider-Man. There’s also tables dedicated to Marvel’s recent The Avengers, Civil War and Ant-Man franchises. The tables draw closely on the original series or materials released by Marvel, too.
Gameplay looks quite interesting, with realistic pinball physics in play throughout the game. Plus, based on the player’s actions on the pinball table, different animations or scenes play out on each table. Which means Marvel Pinball Epic Collection: Volume 1 is sure to have a variety of cameos and shout outs that will appeal to diehard fans of Marvel’s current comic and movie franchises.
Will there be other editions of Marvel Pinball Epic Collection in the near future? It seems likely, based on the title. Not to mention, there’s always a variety of new TV shows and movies for Marvel to reference, such as Luke Cage or Jessica Jones. Time will tell for certain if that’s the case, though. In the meantime, the pinball collection hits North America shelves Nov 8th and Nov 25th in Europe, with a pre-order price of $29.99 USD. No word yet if any other consoles will receive pinball releases in the near future.