I've been playing, and talking about, Farsight Studios' Pinball Arcade, their multi-platform game project to release simulations of classic pinball machines as periodic DLC.
Thus far, nearly all of their releases have been of machines with unlicensed themes (I think Ripley's Believe It Or Not!, probably a relatively cheap license, is the only exception). But some of the all-time fan favorites (Twilight Zone, Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Addams Family) are media tie-ins with presumably expensive and complicated licenses to negotiate. I'd assumed we'd never see them.
Several days ago, though, having determined that they couldn't make it work with their revenue stream, Farsight announced a Kickstarter to raise the license fees to do The Twilight Zone. I'd have dismissed this as a quixotic act of desperation, were there not a response that raised a substantial fraction of the required $55,000 in just the first few days. The contributions have leveled off since then, but with 18 days to go, I'd say they have a good chance of making it. They've already acquired the physical machine and are clearly serious about starting development.
I actually kicked in a few bucks, mostly for sentimental reasons. The Twilight Zone isn't my personal favorite pinball (that would be Star Trek: TNG), but it's a good one and historically important. And they specifically mention doing Star Trek: TNG if this succeeds. (The Addams Family sounds like a tougher case.)
Matt McIrvin's Steam-Operated World of Yesteryear
- Twilight Zone pinball Kickstarter