The Ultimate Roundup of Upcoming Pinball Machines & Rumors

The Ultimate Roundup of Upcoming Pinball Machines & Rumors
Published on
May 19, 2023
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Updated: May 19, 2023

There's never been a more thrilling time to be a pinball enthusiast! With numerous big names in the industry announcing new pinball machines slated for a 2023 release and a plethora of tantalizing rumors, we at Kineticist are on the hunt for the latest pinball machine news and gossip. We're combing through websites, digital content, and industry sources to gather the most compelling pinball machine rumors and confirmed upcoming releases for you. So far, we've verified information on forthcoming machines and top rumors from industry giants like Stern, Jersey Jack, American Pinball, Spooky Pinball, Chicago Gaming Company, Haggis Pinball, The Pinball Brothers, Dutch Pinball, and more. Stay tuned for updates, as we'll continually add new details about upcoming pinball machines from Stern, Jersey Jack, and others as they become available!

Next Stern Pinball Machine Rumors

What is the next Stern Pinball release?

Foo Fighters is on the line and shipping out to homes and locations everywhere.

According to multiple industry interviews with the likes of Stern's George Gomez, Stern will be releasing two cornerstone games in 2023. Designers Jack Danger and Brian Eddy will helm these two releases.

After Foo Fighters, what's next for Stern? While they've been quiet on the cornerstone release front post Foo Fighters, the major rumors focus on Brian Eddy's Venom.

There have also been increasing rumors of a Back to the Future machine coming out in 2025 with Keith Elwin on design.

Current Production Stern Pinball Machines

Here's what's on the line and Stern's current production list, for refreshers.

Next Stern Pinball Machine 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.

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 200 most wanted pinball themes by the pinball community.

Next Jersey Jack Pinball Machine Rumors

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Jersey Jack is working on getting as many copies of their latest 2023 game, The Godfather out the door into customers hands as possible.

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 than Stern's.

There's also a lot of buzz about Jersey Jack releasing an Elton John music pin (hello, Pinball Wizard) with Steve Ritchie at the helm, and that they may even have the Top Gun license.

The current hot Jersey Jack pinball rumor is that they may have the Harry Potter license, thanks to social media posts from industry insider Joe Kaminkow.

Current Production Jersey Jack Pinball Machines

Next Jersey Jack Pinball Rumors

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.

Next American Pinball Rumors

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American Pinball is currently working hard on getting their latest release Galactic Tank Force out the door.

American Pinball is currently planning for two new game releases a year. They aren't up to that level yet in 2023, 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, designer Barry Oursler's final game, and perhaps a sequel to the 90s classic White Water.

Current American Pinball Machines

Rumored American Pinball Machines

  • 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
  • Zombieland
  • Dragons Lair
  • Lego
  • Dune

Next Spooky Pinball Rumors

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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!

Spooky Pinball is working on getting Scooby Doo machines out the door, so there are not currently any hot rumors beyond what we know about today.

Current Spooky Pinball Machines

Rumored Spooky Pinball Machines

Most Wanted Spooky Pinball Themes

Next Chicago Gaming Company Pinball Rumors

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Chicago Gaming Co. is currently working on finalizing their work with Cactus Canyon remake games, including eventually finishing the expanded code for the game. They are also set to start shipping their newest game, Pulp Fiction (which is a team-up with Raw Thrills and Play Mechanix), in the 3rd quarter of 2023.

Chicago Gaming may do another run(s) of their remake titles, like Medieval Madness and Attack from Mars.

There have also been some additional rumors regarding a Big Bang Bar remake, also tied to Raw Thrills and Chicago Gaming Company.

Current Chicago Gaming Company Pinball Machines

  • Cactus Canyon Remake
  • Attack from Mars Remake
  • Medieval Madness Remake
  • Pulp Fiction

Rumored Chicago Gaming Company Pinball Machines

  • Big Bang Bang Bar Remake
  • Twilight Zone

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? Pinball Brothers recently announced a partnership with their long time manufacturing partner, Pedretti Gaming, with future titles on the way.

We would not be surprised to hear an announcement on their next game later in 2023.

Current Pinball Brothers Pinball Machines

  • Alien
  • Queen

Rumored Pinball Brothers Pinball Machines

  • Playboy

Next Haggis Pinball Machine Rumors

Australia's Haggis Pinball is hard at work getting Fathom Revisited machines out the door and into customers homes and businesses. According to a recently shared update, after Fathom Revisited is complete, they'll do another run of their first game, Celts.

After that, they'll move on to the next title in their remake series (5 games from the Fathom era). Rumors are that next title will be the Bally classic Centaur. Expect that game to be announced in the middle of 2023, with work starting early 2024.

Current Haggis Pinball Machines

  • Fathom Revisited
  • Celts

Rumored Haggis Pinball Machines

  • War of the Worlds
  • Centaur
  • Medusa

Most Wanted Haggis Pinball Machines

  • Flash Gordon
  • Skateball
  • 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 other games could be on the way, but we have yet to see anything concrete.

Current Dutch Pinball Machines

Rumored Dutch Pinball Machines

  • Batman 1989
  • The Matrix

Most Wanted Dutch Pinball Machines

  • Boondock Saints
  • Donnie Darko