Updated: November 30, 2022
There's a lot of exciting news in the world of pinball lately! Several big names in the industry have announced new upcoming pinball machines coming out in 2022, plus a ton of new pinball machine rumors as we move into 2023. Here at Kineticist, we're scouring the web and all sorts of digital content for all the juiciest pinball machine rumors and new machine confirmations, and collecting them here for you.
So far, we've confirmed the status of upcoming machines and top pinball machine rumors from Stern, Jersey Jack, American Pinball, Spooky Pinball, Chicago Gaming Company, Haggis Pinball, The Pinball Brothers, and more. Keep checking back for updates, as we'll be adding new information about the next pinball machines for Stern, Jersey Jack and more as information becomes available!
We're starting to wrap up our 2022 coverage as we head quickly into 2023 territory. There's still a chance we get a new pin announcement from someone like Jersey Jack, American Pinball, or Chicago Gaming Company, but it's not looking terribly likely.
Next Stern Pinball Machine Rumors
What is the next Stern Pinball?
Update: James Bond is the next cornerstone release from Stern Pinball. There will be the standard Pro, Premium and LE releases, plus a special Keith Elwin designed single level game, which we have yet to see.
After James Bond, what's next for Stern? While they've been quiet on the cornerstone release front post Bond, they have been clearing production room (and space) by producing final runs of Led Zeppelin, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, so something is definitely on the way. However, given that most James Bond home buyers wont be seeing their machines until early 2023, it's likely we won't get an official announcement for some time. However, buzz seems to be triangulating on the next cornerstone pinball release being the first cornerstone game for new designer Jack Danger with Foo Fighters and He-Man being leading contenders.
Current Production Stern Pinball Machines
Here's what's on the line and Stern's current production list, for refreshers.
- James Bond (new!)
- Star Wars the Mandalorian
- The Avengers Infinity Quest
- Elvira's House of Horrors
- Jurassic Park
- Iron Maiden Legacy of the Beast
- Star Wars
- Star Wars Home Edition (final funs)
- Jurassic Park Home Edition (final runs)
- Led Zeppelin (final runs)
- Guardians of the Galaxy (final runs)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (final runs)
Next Stern Pinball Rumors
Here's our complete list of rumors for the next Stern pinball. In order to be a rumored game, it must be mentioned by a reputable source, hinted at by the company through official channels or interviews or considered a consensus pick by the larger pinball community.
- Ozzy Osbourne / Black Sabbath
- Back to the Future
- Foo Fighters
- Mötley Crüe
- Harry Potter
- Sonic the Hedgehog
- Cobra Kai
- He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
- Updated Metallica
- Tron Vault
Most Wanted Stern Pinball Themes
These are some of the pinball themes most requested by Stern pinball fans. These may or may not ever make it to production. Think of it as a "wouldn't it be cool if Stern built this table next" list. For an up-to-date list of the most wanted pinball machines, check out our brand new Pinball Hype Index, which ranks the top 100 most wanted pinball themes by the pinball community.
- John Wick
- Cowboy Bebop
- The Running Man
- Big Trouble in Little China
- Beavis & Butt-head
- Beastie Boys
- Mad Max
- The Warriors
- G.I. Joe
- The Boys
- Blade Runner
- Johnny Quest
- Cheech & Chong
- True Lies
- They Live
- Pee-Wee's Big Adventure
Next Jersey Jack Pinball Machine Rumors
Jersey Jack is arguably the number 2 pinball manufacturer in the United States, but they don't release games nearly as often as Stern does. While Stern will release 3 or more games a year, we're lucky to see a single Jersey Jack machine in that time period. As such, the rumor mill is much less active then Stern's, and likely won't get super active again till they are closer to releasing their next game.
While the buzz is that their most recent release, Toy Story, isn't performing very well, there are starting to be some rumors about their next release coming sooner than most would expect, with Eric Meunier's next game (The Godfather?) as the leading contender for the next Jersey Jack pinball machine. There's also a lot of buzz about Jersey Jack releasing an Elton John music pin with Steve Ritchie at the helm, and that they may have the Top Gun license.
Current Production Jersey Jack Pinball Machines
- Toy Story 4
- Guns n' Roses
Next Jersey Jack Pinball Rumors
- The Godfather
- Steve Ritchie music pin. Rumors: Elton John, Van Halen, Journey, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel
- The Matrix
- Top Gun
Most Wanted Jersey Jack Pinball Themes
These are some of the pinball themes most requested by Jersey Jack pinball fans. These may or may not ever make it to production. Think of it as a "wouldn't it be cool if Jersey Jack built this table next" list.
- Avatar 2
- World of Warcraft
- Star Wars
- Super Mario
- Legend of Zelda
- Back to the Future
- The Muppets
- John Wick
- Dungeons & Dragons
Next American Pinball Rumors
American Pinball is currently planning for two new game releases a year. They aren't up to that level yet in 2022, so like Jersey Jack, American Pinball rumors are few and far between. So far the most credible rumors center around a slate of original unlicensed themes, a Sherlock Holmes theme and designer Barry Oursler's final game.
Most pinball fans in the know expect to see Galactic Tank Force, an original theme, as American's next release. When that will be announced though is anyone's guess.
Current American Pinball Machines
- Hot Wheels
- Legends of Valhalla
Rumored American Pinball Machines
- Galactic Tank Force
- Untitled Barry Oursler game
- Wrath of Olympus
- Robin Hood
- White Water 2
Most Wanted American Pinball Themes
- Assassins' Creed
- Sherlock Holmes
- Benny Hill
- The Witcher
- Monty Python
- Speed Racer
- Run DMC
- Dragons Lair
Next Spooky Pinball Rumors
Spooky releases about a machine a year, so not a ton of rumors to discuss. Because Spooky focuses on horror themed pins, the fan wishes are at least a little more creative! The only known semi-confirmed rumored pinball machine is a new run of Total Nuclear Annihilation games.
Folks in the pinball media have discussed the possibility of another dual release from Spooky, with a single game layout being produced for two different IPs, similar to their approach with Ultraman / Halloween.
Scooby Doo is a leading candidate for one of these themes.
Current Spooky Pinball Machines
- Total Nuclear Annihilation 2.0 (now confirmed)
Rumored Spooky Pinball Machines
Most Wanted Spooky Pinball Themes
- Simpsons Treehouse of Horrors
- Killer Klowns from Outer Space
- Friday the 13th
- Little Shop of Horrors
- Nightmare on Elm Street
- Willy's Wonderland
- Rocky Horror Picture Show
- Resident Evil
- Escape from New York
- They Live
- The Thing
Next Chicago Gaming Company Pinball Rumors
Chicago Gaming Company currently specializes in producing remakes of classic Bally/Williams pinball machines, mostly from the 1990s. While there have been rumors for years that Chicago Gaming would release their own original pinball table, including a long rumored Pulp Fiction game, nothing has been officially confirmed to date. In the past, representatives from Chicago Gaming Company have mentioned games like Theater of Magic and Big Bang Bar as future remake candidates.
As we sit in late 2022, there are still a lot of rumors for an eventual Pulp Fiction theme, and possibly as a team-up with arcade game manufacturer, Raw Thrills.
Current Chicago Gaming Company Pinball Machines
- Cactus Canyon Remake
- Attack from Mars Remake
- Medieval Madness Remake
Rumored Chicago Gaming Company Pinball Machines
Most Wanted Chicago Gaming Company Pinball Themes
- Theater of Magic Remake
- Big Bang Bar Remake
- Twilight Zone Remake
- Indiana Jones: The Pinball Adventure
- White Water
- Creature from the Black Lagoon
- Tales of the Arabian Nights
- The Addams Family
- Cirqus Voltaire
Next Pinball Brothers Machine Rumors
The Pinball Brothers accomplished magic by getting their Alien machines out the door and catching up with customer orders just for that title. Queen is on the way, and then what's next? Rumors are that The Pinball Brothers may be done releasing new games after Queen, but if it sells well, who knows!
Current Pinball Brothers Pinball Machines
- Queen (now confirmed)
Rumored Pinball Brothers Pinball Machines
Next Haggis Pinball Machine Rumors
Australia's Haggis Pinball seems to be going through some growing pains as they work to get orders of Fathom Revisited out to customers. It's unknown what, if anything, is next in the queue for them
Current Haggis Pinball Machines
- Fathom Revisited
Rumored Haggis Pinball Machines
- War of the Worlds
Most Wanted Haggis Pinball Machines
- Flash Gordon
- Eight Ball Deluxe
Next Dutch Pinball Machine Rumors
Dutch Pinball has pulled off quite the turnaround by finally catching up to demand for their hit machine, The Big Lebowski. There have been quiet rumors that
Current Dutch Pinball Machines
- The Big Lebowski
Rumored Dutch Pinball Machines
- None at the moment
Most Wanted Dutch Pinball Machines
- Boondock Saints
- Donnie Darko