After years of rumours and weeks of teasing, the company Pinball Brothers have finally confirmed they will be producing a remake of the Heighway Pinball game, Alien.
Pinball Brothers was the business formed by investors brought in to refinance Heighway Pinball. Their investment allowed Heighway Pinball to continue operations but ultimately the South Wales-based pinball maker jettisoned its founder, Andrew Heighway, before becoming insolvent and closing, leaving numerous creditors owed both money and pre-ordered pinball machines.
In the latter days of Heighway Pinball, many of the components for the games were bought from Pinball Brothers, with PCBs even bearing the Pinball Brothers name. So, when operations ceased, Pinball Brothers reclaimed the inventory, took it back to their native Scandinavia and have been selling it on-line.
There have been many rumours about Pinball Brothers remaking the game in the years since Heighway Pinball closed. The game is well regarded and seen by some as the best theme integration in a pinball so far, so it could be a big seller if the reliability issues could be ironed-out and manufacturing started.
Today, Pinball Brothers have announced they will indeed be remaking Alien.
There have been several changes from the Heighway Pinball version of the game.
Most obviously, the two LCD displays – one large display in the centre of the backbox and a much smaller one inset into the playfield – have been combined into a single lower-backbox panel.
The meant the playfield insert layout and artwork needed to be adjusted to make best use of the larger playfield area. A new Weapons Status Display now sits where the playfield LCD was previously positioned.
The illuminated cabinet side panels have also gone, but it is understood a magnet ball grabber at the top left of the playfield which was taken out of the original design because it clashed with the slide-rails under the playfield has been able to be reinstated thanks to a new slide-rail design.
The cabinet design is now much more traditional, without the rounded backbox or modular flipper button boxes. The magazine frame holding the playfield glass has also been removed, replaced with the much more familiar glass slide rails and lock bar.
There are also no beacon lights on top of the backbox in the supplied images, although those may be available to buy as an add-on or on a Limited model which hasn’t yet been shown.
What we do know are the prices for the two models. The Standard Version (shown above) is priced at $7,777 while the Limited Version will be $9,999. The game is planned to be manufactured by Pedretti in Italy who are a games supplier and parts manufacturer for jukeboxes, pinballs and video games.
Pinball Brothers say no pre-orders will be taken and the game will be available from distributors around the world. Those listed so far are:
- Mr Pinball (Australia)
- RS Pinball (Austria)
- Nitro Pinball (Canada)
- Vegas-Store Entertainment (Germany)
- Gameroom (Norway)
- Free-Play (Sweden)
- CoinTaker (USA)
Pinball Brothers will be revealing more details of their Alien remake on the Super Awesome Pinball Show podcast which will be broadcast later today. We will bring you more details of what they have to say right here at Pinball News.