The good news -- the world's premiere digital pinball platform is coming to the Xbox One on July 31. The bad news -- players will have to repurchase all of the Pinball FX2 tables they have already bought for the Xbox 360.
The PlayStation 4 version of Pinball FX2, the pinball platform that features both original tables and some amazing licensed offerings from Star Wars, Marvel Comics and more, received a major update yesterday, adding a bunch of classic and Marvel tables. Thanks to PSN cross-buy support, folks who'd already grabbed the tables on their PlayStation 3 can download them for free on the PlayStation 4.
Not so on the Xbox One. Unfortunately, pinball fans who have invested in tables for the Xbox 360 version of the game can't simply import them into the new console -- they have to repurchase them. As one concerned reader pointed out, we're talking upwards of $US100 worth of tables.
I reached out to developer Zen Studios and received the following statement for the company's Steven Hopper.
"Unfortunately, table imports were not possible between the Xbox 360 and Xbox One versions of Pinball FX2 due to technical limitations and platform differences. If the platform would allow us to support such a feature (as on PlayStation and its integrated cross-buy support) then we absolutely would offer it to our fans as we have in the past. However, it simply wasn't an option available to us in this version."
That's quite sad. I own a ton of tables for the Xbox 360 version of the game, and soon they will be gone. Meanwhile I'm playing the PlayStation 4 version and really missing some of my old favourites.
Anyway, Pinball FX2 comes out on July 31 for the Xbox One, with the Sorceror Lair table included for free.