Hot on the heels of the announcement that their first pinball game, The Wizard of Oz is starting to ship, Jersey Jack Pinball wasted no time in leaving it up in the air what their next pinball machine will be: The Hobbit, based upon the three new Peter Jackson films that are coming to theaters based upon that property (I had hoped that the breaking of the book into three movies was just a stupid rumor but I learned recently that it was not. Thanks Harry Potter and Twilight!*grumble*grumble). Wizard of Oz was revealed a few years ago although first decent pictures of the playfield in a more complete form started coming out earlier this year.
From the release that JJP gave out, work has not really begun on it yet but they are taking pre-orders. This of course is good news for anyone who thought that JJP might be another fly-by-night pinball outfit, not to mention that this is a pretty big license to get your hands on. From the release:
Jersey Jack Pinball, Inc. proudly announces that we have licensed all three Hobbit Properties from Warner Brothers for our pinball machine which will embody all three movies. The game will ship as the third movie hits theaters in July 2014.
We are now accepting pre-orders for the The Hobbit Limited Edition Pinball Machine. We will be building 1500 of the LE Version and it will be a full-featured wide body in a similar fashion as with Wizard of Oz Pinball. Joe and our design team will get to work early next year and Keith will be programming the game as he did with Lord of the Rings Pinball as well. Click here to place your order for The Hobbit Limited Edition Pinball Machine!
So not only will it be able to use JJP’s more creative vision of what modern pinball games should be, the programmer is already experienced in doing the LOTR trilogy and I have generally heard of that LOTR table as being really good (I have only played a busted version of it myself but it looked like a really fun game). I do recall JJP hinting that they might do a non-licensed pin for their second machine but I imagine that the opportunity this presented was too good to pass up. Either way I look forward to seeing what they do with it and I am sure we will get updates throughout the progress of the game’s development.
So what are your thoughts, how does the prospect of another pinball machine from the Tolkien universe float your boat?
Also, with this announcement that WOZ is shipping out in limited quantities, I have moved the game over to the “Released” section of our arcade releases for 2012 list.