It appears that American Pinball has dropped John Popadiuk from the HOUDINI design team. Unclear if they are still dedicated to fulfilling any Zidware obligations (Magic Girl, etc...) This was posted on American Pinball's facebook page as of 8PM EST tonight:
"Happy Holidays everyone. As the new year is upon us we too have something to be grateful for. We're happy to say that we've made some great progress on Houdini, our first original pinball machine. The rumors are true, we have started fresh, from the ground up, with our new team and reimagined the game in ways we never thought possible.
While it's too early for pictures to share just yet, we felt it was important to share that our American Pinball team is growing and we're proud to say that we've added some well-respected experienced pinball professionals to our American Pinball family.
Thanks for all your support so far and please keep a look out for more details and another update later this week."