One of the things that make Marvel Pinball so cool is that the tables look freakin' awesome. And when Marvel Pinball: Avengers Chronicles is released, there will be four more freakin' awesome looking tables.
But what goes into creating this arcade artwork? To answer that question, we put together a little video to show you the "World War Hulk" table at each stage of production.
Or, if video's not your thing, look below the jump for a more detailed description of each stage, complete with pretty pictures. If you want to see more of the completed table, check out the "World War Hulk" trailer, and for more new tables, check out our Marvel Pinball: Avengers Chronicles walkthrough gameplay videos.
The first stage of production is known as the "first playable" stage. At this point, the table is just the bare bones: ramps, bumpers and a placeholder soundtrack. This is so the developers can get an idea of how the table will work, and where all the artwork will go. This allows them to test the basic physics before getting too far along.
This is the "alpha" stage, where the theme of the table starts to take shape. The background art is added to the "floor," and some 3D character models are inserted. This is the stage where the table is sent to Marvel for approval, so that the final version can move forward.
After Marvel gives the go-ahead, the table enters the "beta" stage. At this point, it's pretty close to its final version. Some of the more "pinball-ish" elements like flashing lights are added, and the placeholder soundtrack is replaced with the official soundtrack. The ramps may be adjusted slightly to make room for any additional art.
The "release version" is the last stage of production. Once all of the final touchups to the art and soundtrack are completed, the table is ready to be released to the masses.
And that's it! Hope I didn't ruin all the magic for you.