Medieval Madness Remake Status Aug 13, 2014

Hi everyone … we recognize that we are past due for an update and we apologize for that.  PPS needed a detailed review of the status from our partners and we now have that.

First the not so great news – the ship date of the game has slipped to mid-October. The primary issue was with the original transformer — the initial part was not received as specified and testing uncovered the issue which has been addressed.  We just received what we hope to be the final transformerr pending a couple days of testing.  Unfortunately that stalled the progress thru UL testing which will now move forward next week, assuming all is OK with the transformer.

So now the update on the progress and the next steps:

  • Production quantities of most all parts have been received and are sitting in inventory.
  • The first pre-production game is up and running built from all new production parts – validating that the parts are correct and ready for the production line.  One additional unit will be complete next week. Stern will start building pre-production games next week for manufacturing preparedness. This is an important step – pictures of this game are available and a video soon will be available next week.
  • There are no parts issues, we are tuning some cosmetics but nothing that has any issue impacting the overall timeline.
  • The overall electronics system is complete and the software is ready.
  • We will be putting 1-2 games on test in the next 2-3 weeks somewhere in Chicago (tbd); the proto games have been played extensively.
  • UL testing will continue next week with the final transformer – confidence is high in that much of the preliminary work and any recommendations received thus far have already been incorporated into the game.
  • Assembly options have been upgraded at Stern which includes the ability to build MMR’s on either the main line or a secondary line – this ensures that MMR’s will be coming thru without major assembly delays.

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Pre-Production MMR Game (click to expand … more coming next post)

Stern is working with Chicago Gaming on a daily basis finalizing the assembly processes, as well as receiving parts for the game. Final preparations for the build are happening now, and we expect the line to be starting up during the last couple of weeks in Sept.

So, while the delay is disappointing, we are more confident in the update on the progress and the plan, and feel that all parties are focused on this timeline. Of course, unexpected things can come up and if so we will update. Preparing a game for a mainline manufacturing process requires that everything be ready and integrated into Mfg systems, which puts a strain on everyone, but we are well over the hump which will result in games being delivered at the fastest pace possible.

We thank everyone for their support in the project and their understanding that there are always bumps in the road! Please look to updates on MMR blog (http://www.planetarypinball.com/category/mmr/) as well as customer communications from your resellers. Everyone on the team from PPS, Chicago Gaming, and Stern believe you will love the game and we are doing everything to meet expectations that you have for a high quality, well ‘re-‘ made classic game!

rick@planetarypinball.com