We have unlimited access to Mel Kirk from Zen Studios where we talk about the new Remastered mode in Williams Pinball and a pile of other stuff.

Jared Morgan
Sep 17, 2018 · 5 min read
Remastered Modes Announced for Williams Pinball

In this podcast, we have a huge chat with Mel Kirk from Zen Studios.

Nothing is really off-limits in the interview and we use that to our advantage to ask questions that have been burning a hole in our minds for years now.

There’s nothing more to say really, apart from getting on with the job of listening.



And now… on with the show

  • 01:40 — Mel Kirk from Zen Studios
  • 02:42 — How has Williams Collection been received?
  • 03:40 — Facebook and core Zen fans.

Announcement: Williams Pinball Pricing

  • 04:18 — October 9 for Volume 1
  • 04:44 — Fish Tales is the free table
  • 05:28 — Pricing is $9.99 for Volume 1

Announcement : Zen Pinball FX3 Williams Collection Remastered Versions

The Zen Pinball dynamic animated experience you’ve grown to love is also available for Williams Pinball tables.

And you can toggle between Remastered Look and Classic Look with a button press anytime in the game, regardless of what difficulty mode (physics settings) you’re using.

You’re in total control!

The junk is alive in Junk Yard
Animated Dragons in Medieval Madness
The falling snow over the mountain range in the supercharger is subtle yet beautiful
Old mate drops a line into the shimmering slingshot pond. Just wait until you get Rock the Boat!
  • 06:00 — Zen Remastered Versions included.
  • 08:11 — Why the Remaster Toggle?
  • 08:28 — How does the Remaster version play?
  • 09:06 — How crazy is too crazy with Zen effects?
  • 10:30 — Possibilities for Remaster effects?

Questions Without Notice

  • 10:59 — Would Zen make DMDs for Alpha-numerics?
  • 11:10 — No rule rewrites.
  • 12:18 — Licenses affect making new vs changing existing.
  • 13:06 — Essentially, three different difficulty modes: Zen, Standard, and Tournament
  • 14:02 — Can you apply Williams physics to the Zen Studios tables?
  • 15:20 — The challenge of applying physics retroactively.
  • 16:35 — What about non-DMD Bally and Williams?
  • 17:25 — Fan Service is a big consideration for Zen.
  • 20:08 — Zen still assessing the direction to take with Williams Pinball.
  • 21:10 — The challenges of adding adjustable lighting controls to the Zen Platform.
  • 23:15 — Was FX3 specifically designed for Williams Pinball?
  • 24:38 — How much freedom is Scientific Games giving Zen Studios?
  • 26:56 — Changing the way Zen announces Williams tables.
  • 27:48 — Third party licensing and how this affects table packs.
  • 29:30 — ESRB Ratings, and why it’s not as easy as you think.
  • 37:36 — Has Williams Pinball invigorated creativity with the designers?
  • 40:08 — Deep was responsible for Williams physics.
  • 40:50 — How do you balance community feedback with the direction of Zen?
  • 45:12 — What should we expect with release schedules?

Star Wars Solo Pack

Calrissian Chronicles Table
Battle of Mimban Table
Solo Table (holy moly that lighting!)
  • 47:16 — How does Zen manage voice actors for Star Wars tables?
  • 49:30 — How does Zen manage music licensing for Star Wars tables?
  • 50:22 — The challenges with developing tables for Theatrical releases.
  • 52:48 — Interpretation of the Star Wars universe.

Sequels, Mobile, Cabinet and VR

  • 55:16 — Has Zen considered doing sequels to Zen Tables?
  • 56:40 — What are the plans for Mobile customers and Williams Pinball?
  • 58:28 — Will Zen support official backglass images for FX3
  • 59:06 — Cabinet mode is going to be a big thing in the near future.
  • 60:00 — Will Zen give more control to cabinet players?
  • 61:25 — Will Williams Pinball be in VR
  • 62:52 — Flipper controller support
  • 66:00 — How long does it take to digitise tables?
  • 68:00 — What should folks expect with the Zen Studios Tour in Budapest

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Podcast devoted to commercial digital pinball that occasionally veers wildly off-topic just because.

Jared Morgan

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Tech Writer with a Product focus | Podcaster | Pinball enthusiast.

BlahCade Pinball

Podcast devoted to commercial digital pinball that occasionally veers wildly off-topic just because.

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