Star Wars Pinball standalone game launching May 14 on PS3 and PS Vita (update)

Zen Pinball developer Zen Studios will launch Star Wars Pinball as a standalone pinball title May 14 on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita via PlayStation Network, the studio announced today.

The game will launch with the three tables that were released earlier this year in the Star Wars Pinball pack for Zen Pinball 2 and the other Zen Pinball titles — Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Boba Fett and Star Wars: The Clone Wars. PSN users who already bought that $9.99 table pack will be able to download Star Wars Pinball at no extra cost.

Zen Studios is planning to release seven additional Star Wars tables in the future, said community manager Bobby Loertscher in a comment on the PlayStation Blog. All Star Wars tables can be imported from Zen Pinball 2 into Star Wars Pinball and vice versa, and because both titles support Sony's PS3/PS Vita Cross-Buy system, the tables can be played within both games on both platforms.

Star Wars Pinball is being released as its own game because Zen Studios wanted to add new features to the Star Wars tables, features that the company couldn't add inside Zen Pinball 2. While playing the tables, you can choose to support the Rebel Alliance or the Galactic Empire; your scores will contribute to the war for the galaxy within the Star Wars Pinball community that you can track on the game's website. Based on that support, you'll earn XP to rank up within whichever army you choose to fight for.

The standalone Star Wars Pinball game is already available on iOS, Android and Kindle Fire for $1.99. The tables will be released May 10 on Steam for $9.99 as DLC in Pinball FX 2, which also launches on Steam that day.

Correction: This article originally misstated the platforms on which the standalone Star Wars Pinball game will be available. The standalone game will be released on PSN for PS3 and PS Vita, and only the table pack will be sold for $9.99 in the PC version of Pinball FX 2 on Steam. We've edited the story to reflect this.

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