Quoted from SadSack:
Word UP! I'm still trying to understand how this could be useful for operators. The only place I see any play for this is from guys who have expensive collections and no room for their games. Why would I ever want a nice game sitting in a box. I don't care if it only takes a second to switch it out.
We have experience with this. Just ask the RFM guys how often they switch out to SWEP1.
I think the modular idea is genius but of course Heighway needs to produce a game more often than once every 2-3 years to make it viable. Hopefully this will be the case going forward and we will see Alien flying out the door soon and game #3 released shortly thereafter.
Would Heighway really be saving much money per unit by going non-modular? Really the only advantage to going standard is that you can have artwork on all cabinet surfaces vs just the drop in side panels and translite area. I like at least having the option on future games of buying a kit vs. a full model and that's worth the trade-off of having less cabinet art to me. Games are usually crammed between other games anyway. It's also nice that you can pull the full playfield out of the cabinet really easily to work on.
I know I'm always out of space so the modular idea appeals to me. I even have a WPT populated playfield that I use as a kit that I can swap into my WOF. It's a PITA to swap because the game doesn't have full service rails and you have a lot more connectors to connect. I would really like to see all manufacturers go modular as I think it's a great idea for those of us that are space limited.