Stern Pinball just confirmed that the rumors of a new TRON pinball machine happen to be true. They’ve been teasing it for months now on their Facebook page – asking people’s thoughts about Tron and showing a picture with some engineers toying around with some blue EL wire. This is the first picture from the prototype playfield but still doesn’t tell us much about whether the game will include elements of both Tron films or just the most recent one. Either way, this excites me more than any Stern pinball machine in a while so I hope it’s good.
This also will mark the first time Tron will return to arcades since the mid-80’s(where it should be really). As there was no coin-op video game release based upon the Tron Legacy film that just came out, a pinball machine based upon that is certainly the next best way to get there.
UPDATE: Apparently there is some sort of press release being passed around various places on the internet, touting the features of the game. According to this, the game will have a 3D backglass like Avatar pinball did, 3 flippers, two ramps, an identity disc playfield spinner, music from the latest movie (Daft Punk FTW) and the standard edition will be released in May, the Limited Edition in June. See it all below
From Stern to Distributors -
“Dear Ladies & Gentlemen
As I have told many of you when we have been together, Stern Pinball will begin production of its next model pinball machine, TRON: Legacy, at the beginning of May. You will receive TRON in time for your pre- summer season sales.
We have licensed this title from Disney, the maker of the $400 million grossing holiday season movie TRON: Legacy. 60% of the gross was outside the United States. This movie is an extension of the 1982 movie TRON and the famous video game of that time. Another TRON movie is being planned. We have had requests from gamers, and pinball players in particular, to make a TRON pinball machine. There is a pent up demand for this game, and many of you have heard this from your customers.
With TRON, we continue the design philosophy that you have told us has been successful, that of Iron Man, Avatar and The Rolling Stones. Our games are playing shorter and have more randomness. The great designer Harry Williams used to say, “The ball is wild.” Great players are challenged and causal players have fun. Operators are making money.
Our TRON pinball puts the players in the middle of TRON movie and video game action battles. This is a fast moving game. TRON has 3 flippers, including an upper flipper to shot one of the two fabulous fast action ramps. We have not utilized a 3rd flipper in a while, and players will enjoy it. In the center of the playfield, near the top, there is a motorized 3 bank target assembly the player must hit and lower, to gain access to the illuminated, motorized spinning disc, representing TRON’s Identity Disc. The spinning disc shoots the ball randomly across and around the playfield. Ramp shots take the player to an exciting Light Cycle multiball. The player shoots at the miniature TRON video game to start exciting features and collect big points.
TRON: Legacy is a visually exquisite 3D movie, and our pinball has captured the same exquisite visual, including its 3D backglass. Music is from movie and perfect for pinball.
This game is brought to you by the design team that gave you Iron Man and Avatar.
We have been playing TRON, and we are really having fun.
Because this is truly a collectors and enthusiasts dream title, we will make a TRON Limited Edition version in late June.
As soon as Disney approves the game photo, I will send you a picture for posting.