With the relative popularity of Zen Studios' Pinball FX games, it's easy to forget that they're not the only company to have released pinball games over this generation. FarSight Studios released several Pinball Hall of Fame collections over the past few years, featuring a variety of real-world tables adapted to the video screen. The company has now announced that it's setting up shop online with The Pinball Arcade, an ambitious digital home for more than 50 classic tables.

The game will ship in early 2012 with Tales of the Arabian Nights, Ripley's Believe it or Not, Theatre of Magic, and Black Hole. After that, FarSight plans on releasing two new DLC tables each month, along with additional features such as online tournaments and versus play. The company has licensed tables from giants such as Williams, Bally, Stern Pinball, and Gottlieb, so if you're a pinball fanatic you can expect to see some familiar tables in the future.

If they could navigate the ridiculously complex licensing mazes behind the Addams Family, Twilight Zone, and Terminator 2 tables, this could bump this news up from cool to amazing.