Thanks for the positive update.
But keep in mind there are more reasons that JJP fans are sad and angry here and it's not just about the severity of replacing the centerpiece mech with a stock motor.
What was JJP about as a company? For me it was the fact that they were the "we'll get it right" company and the "won't ship a pin until it reaches its potential" company. It was the "reach for the dream" and the "world under glass" company. I still appreciate my WOZ every time I play it and see more attention to detail that I hadn't noticed before.
They were the boutique pinball company, the Ferarri of pinball or at least we wanted to think of them as that.
For us pinball also represents something ideal in the world - something that still has some magic like how we saw the world when we were young. A time when money and time weren't such a big part of everything - it was about the magic.
Now we all know this last-minute, cut and run rush job is not because they can't do it - it's because of financial concerns - because of time concerns - and they are willing to throw their reputation under the bus (or need to) in order to move forward. Where is Jack? Does anyone else find this a bit strange? Things seem to have really changed at JJP and something is definately going on.
So this represents for me a sad day for pinball because it's the ideal that has died - JJP was a company that stood for something magical - a company that would never compromise and would always get it right no matter what it took.
Frankly, it's sad JJP are probably lying to us about reliability and sound being the main reasons for trashing the main mech - this feels like a friendship that's breaking. Yeah it's for business reasons but the disrespect hurts a bit. There are other ways of keeping the 3-disc mech in the game like having them spin at slow speeds and become a greater part of gameplay as detailed in other threads. Eric knows this.
The ideal for Eric was to put as the centerpiece of the game, 3-rings rotating around each other. Then someone told him to remove it and probably for money reasons.
Yes it will be a fine game anyway - it will be fun because it's pinball.
But for me it's the ideal that has died, the reach for the very best at any cost and this is the first time we've seen JJP cut and run like this with such a massive removal of the main mech and then having Eric tell us that a stock motor is more reliable? Really? And admitting that they can't close a trunk. Really?
So what's at stake here is not just about a spinning disk, it's about what JJP stands for as a company and about WHY EXACTLY do people spend $12,500 on Ferarri pinball.
Anyway, it's just sad to see this play out like this. So again, thanks for the positive news, I'm sure it will be a fine game anyway. I'll play it, Eric will play it, collectors will still buy some of them, but when we look at the center of the playfield we'll all be thinking the same thing.