The first picture of Stern's next game Avatar has been released, showing the exterior cabinet art and the backglass image.
Avatar was the big movie of December 2009 but the game is being released to tie in with impending cinematic release of a special edition featuring an additional eight minutes of footage.
With the game coming out some 9 months after the original movie, there should be plenty of art and movie clips available to use without the usual restrictions imposed when the movie has yet to be shown in movie theatres.
Of course, one of the big selling points of the Avatar movie was its innovative use of 3D and in an attempt to capture this, the backglass will also be made using a 3D technique.
Stern (as Sega) produced a couple of models with optional 3D translites in the 1990s, starting with Star Wars Trilogy and continuing with Jurassic Park - The Lost World. Because the 3D translites were optional and not exactly cheap, sales were slow and the option was discontinued from X-Files onwards.
This time though, the 3D backglass is standard.
Other features included in the game have also been revealed through the post below by Jody Dankberg on the company's forum. It describes how the playfield has a single ramp, a transporter ball lock, a motorised target bank, a disrupter magnet and a figure you can shoot the ball at.
Production of Avatar begins in mid-August which should see games appearing in distributors or on location around the time of the movie re-release, which takes place on various dates around the world, starting on the 26th of August 2010.
We'll have much more about Stern's new Avatar game, including the first playfield pictures, soon here at Pinball News.
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