The Pinball FX2 Xbox One version has been delayed until sometime in August, Zen Studios announced today. The game was originally scheduled to launch Wednesday. However, the delay comes with very good reason: it means Zen Studios will have time to make all Pinball FX2 Xbox 360 tables transfer for free to the Xbox One version.
Consumers were originally going to need to purchase all-new Xbox One versions of their Pinball FX2 Xbox 360 tables. Naturally, the news that they’d need to pay for content they conceptually already purchased rubbed gamers the wrong way.
Leave it to Zen Studios — they came through with a fan-friendly solution. The only hiccup? A release-date delay to accommodate the functionality. During the additional weeks of development time Zen Studios and Microsoft will work through the transfer logistics for the Pinball FX2 Xbox One version.
Here is Zen Studios’ statement: “Microsoft and Zen Studios have taken your feedback to heart, and seeing that many of you were very upset with the news that table transfers between Xbox 360 and Xbox One would not be happening, we have some good news for you! We will be able to implement table transfers on Xbox One starting from Pinball FX2’s launch. Any available table on Xbox One that was previously purchased for Xbox 360 can be imported to the new version free of charge.
“However, as this process will take a bit more development time for the game, Pinball FX2 version of Xbox One will see a slight delay from its original release date this week to next month. We apologize to any fans affected by this delay, but we pledge to make it up to you by incorporating this highly desired feature.
“Once again, we cannot thank you enough for your support through this process, as well as Microsoft’s, who took your feedback very seriously and worked with us to implement this feature. And again, we do apologize for the delay while we create the Pinball FX2 experience that our fans both want and deserve. We’re excited to bring Pinball FX2 to Xbox One owners, to have their previous purchases honored and transferred, and we can’t wait to share with you what we’ve got coming in the future.”
While I’m personally disappointed to see the delay, I’m thrilled to see Zen Studios and Microsoft taking the time to make things right by gamers. The resulting free transfers of all Pinball FX2 Xbox 360 tables to the Xbox One version will be well worth the wait.