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The Next American Pinball

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#21 1 year ago

I visited the American pinball factory and met with the team during expo. They were hard at work building Oktoberfest and busy attending expo. I did see the redemption game they’re working on and it is much larger than a pin. Very interesting concept. It should be revealed soon. The team at American pinball was very inviting and extremely nice, I enjoyed my visit. Unfortunately the doors to PIN number 3 was locked......

#35 1 year ago
Quoted from konjurer:

As a Houdini owner and fan of American, I really, really hope that you guys have gotten the message that the art packages and animations need to improve. I've never really gotten the impression that you (API) get it yet. I continue to hear this complaint on every podcast I listen to. Bring some people in and get some feedback before you commit to the art and animation style!
Hopefully you grabbed Franchi now that he's a free agent. A Sherlock Holmes art package from a Franchi would go a long way to repairing that reputation.

Franchi is a contractor and is currently working for CGC.

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#71 1 year ago

American Pinball will be releasing more info next week. Special when lit will have some pics up Monday

#86 1 year ago
Quoted from nogoodnames222:

Is anyone at IAAPA Expo? American said they'd be showing "something NEW and different" (redemption game) there today. Just curious to see what it is, even if it's not pinball.

Here’s some pics of the prototype redemption game. I have been told they will reveal today at the IAAPA show in Orlando. 81CEB240-388F-4237-883E-4A0CF7F306C5 (resized).jpeg8B26672C-2DDE-40F2-B0A1-49D1E2CF8424 (resized).jpegDE270A3E-D5BF-4FBF-94FE-6803E68CD33B (resized).jpeg

#87 1 year ago

Here is the redemption game by American Arcade- the game division of America Pinball

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#96 1 year ago
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#107 1 year ago
Quoted from Rdoyle1978:

Is it a ball shooter? Crazy!
I was kinda hoping Flying Dutchman would be the pinball theme! Oh well, still looks crazy interesting!

Found this video in another thread- here it is in action. Video from 904 pinball zine

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#110 1 year ago

Joe Balcer said that American Pinball’s new pin will be revealed at Texas Pinball Festival in March. I reached out to DanDanDAN and he informed me that is the scheduled reveal, they will release more info soon.

https://directory.libsyn.com/episode/index/id/12222692

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#126 1 year ago
Quoted from Ericpinballfan:

Hot wheels!
Makes complete sense as next redemption game.

There is already a new hot wheels redemption game. It’s an interesting theme. It has potential

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#297 7 months ago

American Pinball has a plan on the next few titles. Game 4 is by one of the “junior designers”, game 5 is by Dennis nordman, game 6 is a Joe Balcer game. They also said the goal is 2 new titles in 2021. I’m rooting for AP - they make great quality games.

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#318 7 months ago
Quoted from mbwalker:

How long has a 'junior designer' been there? I recall they hired some/one not long ago, Nordman just recently joined. So wouldn't the next pin still be a Bacler design?

I’m not sure how many “junior designers” they have on staff now. I assume game 4 will be some form of home brew or previously designed game. Dennis Nordman can mentor these new designers as well. This game will be next as game 4, then Nordman will have game 5. They will still release the Joe Balcer game as game 6. That is what I was told by Michael Grant at AP. Their focus is on pinball as they look to release 2 games this year! Looking forward to seeing these new titles. Also don’t forget, artist Chris Franchi announced he was working on a project for American Pinball !

This is a quick interview with Michael Grant:

Coz -How long are you expecting to make Hot wheels, Houdini and Oktoberfest?

MG-HOUDINI AND OKTOBERFEST ARE SELLING WELL AND CONTINUE TO GAIN IN POPULARITY, AND THUS, WE CONTINUE TO BUILD THEM. HOT WHEELS HAS JOINED THE RANKS AND IS SELLING VERY WELL AND CONSISTENTLY. WE CONTINUE TO SATISFY THE DEMAND FOR ALL THREE AMERICAN PINBALL GAMES.

Coz- Will you be announcing their new title before June this year? Will there be 2 AP titles released in 2021 ?

MG- THE GOAL IS 2 NEW TITLES IN 2021. STAY TUNED FOR THE NEXT RELEASE.

Coz- With no shows anytime soon, Will you be announcing the next release via social media (ie Facebook) or through a streamer or other media outlet ?

MG- WHEN WE ANNOUNCE THE NEXT GAME, YOU WILL BE SURE TO LEARN ABOUT IT.

Coz- Who is the lead designer on the next title? Is this one of the referenced “junior designers”?  We assume Dennis will take a while to have a game ready.

MG- THE NEXT TITLE (G4) WILL BE FROM ONE OF OUR JUNIOIR DESIGNERS WHO DENIIS IS WORKING WITH. DENIIS IS CURRENYLY WORKING ON HIS NEXT GAME (G5) WHICH WILL BE RELEASED AFTERWARD.

Coz- Will AP produce a new Joe Balcer designed game? Was his current project canceled and replaced with one of the junior designers games?

MG- AP WILL FINISH JOE BALCER’S MOST RECENT AP DESIGN, WHICH MOVED IN THE PRODUCTION SCHEDULE AND WILL COME OUT AS G6.

Coz - Are you experiencing any major supply chain issues that may be affecting their release / announcement date on the next title due to covid/weather?

MG- WE HAVE A NEW PURCHASER WHO IS IN CHARGE OF OUR SUPPLY CHAIN WHO COMES FROM GOTTLIEB. THIS PERSON HAS EXPEREIENCED MANY SUPPLY CHAIN ISSUES IN THE PAST. WE WILL ANNOUNCE AT A LATER DATE THE NEW ADDITION TO THE AMERICAN PINBALL TEAM.

Coz- What is the component that is giving you the most problems these days to source ?

MG- WE HAVE NO MAJOR ISSUES TO REPORT

Coz- What is the thing you are most excited about on this next release - theme, code, playfield layout, new mechs ? Will there be something completely new to pinball?

MG- YOU WILL JUST HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE!

Coz- Is the price point in this game going to be higher than hot wheels? It was nice to see a less expensive game similar to stern pro prices. Will you follow that price model with different trim levels?

MG-WE ARE CURRENTLY REVIEWING OUR MODEL STRUCTURE.

Coz- Why do manufacturers keep their games under such tight raps (in your opinion) - would you like consumers to know your next 5 titles or keep it secret? Would that help or hinder potential sales?

MG- WE DO NOT WANT TO OFFER A GAME THAT IS NOT AVAILABLE YET. WHEN WE ANNOUNCE A NEW TITLE, THERE WILL BE GAMES IN STOCK AND READY TO SHIP.

Coz- What happened to American arcade? Will “the Flying Dutchman” ever come to production. Will there be other “redemption” or arcade titles similar to raw thrills products?

MG- NOT THIS YEAR. OUR FOCUS IS PINBALL.

Coz - Where do you see American pinball in 1 year?  

MG- WE WILL CONTINUE TO SURPRISE THE MARKET WITH NEW GAMES.

Coz- Thank You for your time- I look forward to seeing the next big thing from American pinball.

#319 7 months ago

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-dvvce-fe29b5

I was a guest on The Pinball Show midweek edition episode 25 to discuss American Pinball with Craig Bobbie.

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#382 5 months ago
Quoted from chad:

I eagerly await the next one to, and I haven't had a chance to play Hot Wheels yet. I'm so behind on playing a few new titles...

I played Hot Wheels out on location today- it’s a fun pin! Bright and colorful, fast and fun layout. Great American Pinball build quality. You should definitely check one out! Definitely looking forward to the new title.

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#421 4 months ago
Quoted from Skyemont:

Who makes AP playfields and has anyone ever had an issue with your playfield?

Bader playfields just like Spooky- they have been very good quality. I have reached out to numerous owners/operators and they say the quality is some of the best in pinball

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#468 4 months ago

David Fix, Mukesh Vasani and Nirmal Vasani were guests on the latest Pinball News and Pinball Magazine podcast. There was some interesting news:

-Aimtron fully owns American Pinball
-American Pinball will possibly have their own board set
-the discussion of Bader playfields
-small supply chain issue with new title, will announce as soon as it’s ready to ship
-new unlicensed title is very soon (late spring/summer 2021)
-unlicensed title this fall around Expo 2021
-licensed title in spring 2022
-licensed title in fall 2022

new games will have 2 models: Classic and Deluxe. Classic for operators and Deluxe for home owners/collectors that comes with additional bling/upgrades such as a mirror back glass. Both playfields will be the same with only small differences.

American Pinball looks to continue to improve and wants to deliver 2 games per year going forward.

Great interview if you’re a fan of American Pinall, I suggest you listen.
http://www.pinball-magazine.com/

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#521 4 months ago
Quoted from parsonsaj:

I thought it was most excellent when looking at the "games coming to the show" list for Southern Fried Gameroom Expo and seeing "American Pinball 4th game" listed as one of the games to be present at the show

Very cool!! I’ll have to make the trip to Atlanta!! Definitely want to play the next title

#526 3 months ago
Quoted from Charlemagne1987:

In the very least we’ll know by August because AP reserved a spot at Southern Fried Gaming for their 4th game.

As of now, AP game 4 will not be at SFGE (of course all things are subject to change)

Per Michael Grant: “To clarify, the listing of 'AP's 4th Game' was not supposed to be published on the SFGE website. It has not been confirmed by AP that the game will be there. This was a miscommunication with SFGE. The listing has since been removed. We will release more info at the appropriate time about the next game. The team is hard at work for the next game.”

I was really looking forward to playing the new title. Hopefully the game will be available soon and possibly still be able to be at SFGE, we will have more info available soon.

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#675 52 days ago

I recently asked Michael Grant a few questions for an update with American Pinball.

Coz - Will there be a price increase??

MG -We have implemented a temporary surcharge on our games to help offset some of the added costs due to the global supply chain issues that is affecting all industries. We prefer not to implement a permanent price increase at this time, as we are dedicated to offering the best value possible for our customers.

Coz - Any comment on Joe Schober working with CGC? Is he still helping at American Pinball?

MG- Joe Schober’s professional relationship with American Pinball has not changed. Joe is still working with American Pinball on a contract basis in support of future titles and existing ones.

Coz - Any updates on game 4/Pinball expo ?

MG -As for our Expo seminar, you will have to wait until the seminar to see what we have brewing.

-Thanks Michael-

As of now, American Pinbal is scheduled to have a seminar at pinball expo in Chicago on Thursday October 28 at 7:00pm. Will the new game be released before expo or shown for the first time there?? Hopefully there will be a few games available for us to play!

#695 49 days ago
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#699 49 days ago

The new update is CO-OP team play on all American Pinball games. They also mentioned Houdini, Oktoberfest, Hot Wheels and a new game will be at pinball expo. Very cool news

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#765 17 days ago

I was told that game 4 is currently on the line as they get ready to ramp up to full production for the reveal. I assume that the main reveal will be at pinball expo with games available to play. There is a trade show that Aimtron will be at this week in Las Vegas called G2E - it’s possible that the game will be shown there???

Also Houdini, Oktoberfest and Hot Wheels will be getting new code updates along with the team play co-op modes.

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#872 12 days ago
Quoted from Mr_Outlane:

Is the America prototype going to be at Pinball Expo? I plan on going?

Game 4 reveal should be at or before expo with games available to play!!

American pinball has a seminar Thursday October 28th at 7:00pm. Maybe they will have games available for sale?? We will find out in just a few weeks.

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#888 2 days ago

I’ll be there for Expo too. Hope to stop by the new factory as well. Looking forward to seeing the team unveil the new game.

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