Written by Fearless_Leader, published December 16th, 2004. 9 comment(s).
It is now confirmed that the next Stern pinball game will be The Sopranos ®, based on the license of a popular American cable-television show about a ficticious New Jersey mob-boss and his inner circle. Several Stern-affiliated distributors are now taking deposits for the game, which has a release date of January 2005.
Currently, the details about the game's design, including both the lead designer and layout of the playfield are unknown. What is known about the game is that it will feature voice supplied by the original Sopranos cast members, and that the game's ruleset will not follow any original plotline.
Speculation on the theme for the next Stern pinball has become a popular hobby for pinball enthusiasts. It seems as though the company has adopted a product strategy built upon using existing commercial licenses to boost popularity and sales of their games. Several of the company's recent offerings have been for licensed products, such as "Elvis", the "Lord of the Rings" movie trilogy, and "Harley-Davidson". The last non-licensed commecially-produced Stern pinball was ten games ago, 2001's "High Roller Casino".
Rumors abound about the theme of the next Stern game, to be released in Fall 2005, but is thought to be NASCAR.