Date: 25th January 2013, updated 27th January 2013
In our last update a month ago, we said we'd be bringing you even more exclusive pictures of the finished playfield artwork and that's exactly what we've got in this latest report, along with the backglass image, details of who's providing the music, and much more on Full Throttle's progress.
Heighway Pinball was due to appear alongside Stern Pinball and Jersey Jack Pinball at the recent EAG International amusement trade show in London. However, they were notable by their absence, with their stand remaining empty throughout the three days.
Pinball News asked Heighway Pinball boss Andrew Heighway about their non-appearance and the reasons behind it. He told us, "My whole team have been working flat out for many weeks to get a machine built, tested and fully working in time for EAG. There were parts still being delivered to us the day before the show. However, problems with a few key components and an accident that terminally destroyed our motherboard, meant that we were behind schedule, and ultimately I made the decision that I didn't want to take an incomplete or sub-standard machine to EAG. In reality, the show came a couple of weeks too soon for us, but we nearly made it. I take my hat off to every single member of my team and the hard work they all put in.".
The intention is to hold a launch party for the game in central London later next month and, naturally, Pinball News will be there to bring you all the news from that event. The company then plans to show the machine in France at the Flip-Expo event, and in the U.S. over the following months.
Meanwhile, the playfield layout and artwork for the game is now finished and we've got it here for you. The gap in the lower centre of the image is where the LCD monitor is positioned.
You can see a real printed playfield with the LCD monitor window installed in this picture below.
The context of the artwork becomes more apparent when it is combined with the playfield features, as you can see in these computer renders.
The image above also shows the apron artwork which includes a brief summary of the game's ruleset.
Full Throttle's largest toy has to be the chain loop accelerator, and our next picture shows that mechanism as it will appear in the game, with a steel outer track and clear side panels to allow the ball's movement to be viewed by the player.
The playfield is designed to be easily removed from Heighway Pinball's cabinet, the design for which is shown in this computer render.
The modular system allows the cabinet artwork to be replaced along with the playfield, translite and software, when a different game is installed.
The translite image features the main rider character, his female companion, his bike and the game logo, framed by six scenes of the rider in action which culminate with him winning the race.
Pinball News can also exclusively reveal that the music for Full Throttle will be provided by the band Redline who are a British metal group who are no strangers to motorbikes, having written music for the television coverage of the T.T. races held on the Isle of Man each year.
We'll be back very soon with much more from Heighway Pinball about their Full Throttle game and their progress towards starting production.
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