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Zen Pinball 2 delayed until next week, important details about Cross-Buy

Posted by on December 17th, 2013 | 1 Comment | Tags: ,

Bobby Loertscher from Zen Studios has gone onto the PlayStation Blog to announce that Zen Pinball 2 for PS4 has officially been delayed in North America until next week. More importantly, there is a bit of fine print about Cross-Buying tables that everyone with a PS3, Vita and PS4 needs to know.

There are two mega important things you need to know before buying Zen Pinball 2 tables on PS4!

1. If you want to play Zen Pinball 2, Marvel Pinball, or Star Wars Pinball tables on PS4, PS3, AND Vita, you must buy them on PS3 or Vita (PS Plus acquired tables OK). That is the only way they can be purchased once and effectively imported into all versions on PlayStation.

2. Once purchased, Marvel Pinball and Star Wars Pinball tables specifically NEED to be imported into Zen Pinball 2 on PS3 before they can be imported into Zen Pinball 2 on PS4.

WARNING: If you buy the PS4 versions of tables you don’t already own, you will NOT be able to import them into PS3 or Vita. Cross-Buy apparently will not work from PS4 down to Vita or PS3, only up to PS4 bottlenecked exclusively by Zen Pinball 2 PS3/Vita. If you’re using the SEN webstore to buy your tables, make absolutely certain you are buying the PS3 version if you intend to utilize the import table feature in the PS3 or Vita versions.

I tried to minimize the confusion with these rules. But there will likely be questions. If you’re question isn’t already answered in the comments section of the PlayStation Blog article, then please don’t hesitate to ask it here. If we can’t answer it, I will get an official answer from our contact at Zen Studios.

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On a positive note, Bobby has clarified that this delay affects the PS4 version of Zen Pinball 2 only. The Doctor Strange table for PS3 and Vita is up on the PlayStation Store right now, and will be delivered to Zen Pinball 2 for PlayStation 4 next week.

WHAT DO I THINK?

I’m personally not a fan of the way Zen Studios has separated Marvel Pinball and Star Wars Pinball from Zen Pinball 2, but the root of the issue dates back to the original Zen Pinball. The hole is far too deep to fill in for last-gen systems and I understand that. The reason they have funneled all these branded tables directly through to Zen Pinball 2 is likely to remedy this and hopefully minimize their own PSN footprint.

FarSight Studios has had a similarly disappointing issue happen as a result of 18 DLC packs which has led to no more trophies for table pack 16 on up for PS3 and Vita. This was something they made a priority to fix on PS4, just how they went about fixing it remains to be seen.