The first major arcade/amusement trade show of the year is already upon us, the EAG International 2015 Expo being held in London, UK. This is something I would call a tradition for us here as we have had coverage of the London January shows since 2007, a month after this website started.
For this year the big news up front is the appearance of Bandai Namco Amusement’s Time Crisis 5. This is the first time the game has appeared in the West; it has been enjoying location tests in Japan for a couple of months now. As previously reported on Arcade Heroes, the game features a new dual pedal system, 2 55″ HD screens, the return of the villain Wild Dog and more. Here is your first look at the game, with footage provided to us by The Stinger Report.
Next up is something from Sega Amusements, the latest build of their new racing title Showdown. When we first covered this game a few months ago, it was unveiled to have a special version which used ultra-wide screen curved displays. I got to check those out first hand at IAAPA 2014 but Sega has decided to ditch that idea in favor of more standard 65″ HD displays. It is too bad, I think its great when new ideas are tried out on the hardware but I know some were not happy with the grainy look that the projectors produced. Either way, the game is still the same (I enjoyed the different modes of play, especially the demolition derby stuff and graphically it is a top notch title) and the standard version of the game will be shipping for arcades internationally any day now.
Pinball Preview – This was posted by PinGame Journal and gives a pretty good rundown of what is there. I do find it surprising that there is no mention of Heighway Pinball or Dutch Pinball, especially Heighway since they are a UK manufacturer. I’ll keep my eyes peeled just in case either of those companies are there as well.
Jersey Jack Pinball also has announced their own method of providing tickets in their pinball games, EAG2015 marks the introduction of that system on Wizard of Oz for the company. Stern has had their own ticket system out for some time now although I have not heard of any locations that took the plunge with it.
Here is a video of the system shot by PinballNews:
That’s all I have managed to get for the moment, stay tuned as I am sure there will more. What are your thoughts on these developments so far?