Raw Thrills Greets New Year With Newsletter, Review And Outlook

Posted On: 1/24/2019

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SKOKIE, IL -- Game manufacturer Raw Thrills has launched a company newsletter to provide an overview of its progress to date and a preview of equipment in development.

Looking back over 2018, Raw Thrills president Eugene Jarvis said that the design and introduction of Halo: Fireteam Raven "is the most revolutionary thing Raw Thrills has ever done."

Jarvis described the new piece as "the ultimate experiential game with the whole package – compelling theme and gameplay, panoramic audio/video, and awesome tactile controllers. The player environment is like a Halo spaceship just landed in the arcade."

Halo: Fireteam Raven is based on the international hit franchise from Microsoft Studios. It enables fans of the Halo universe to experience it in a four-player cabinet featuring an immersive 130-in. 4K panoramic display and 5.1 surround sound, with custom-designed weapons that provide "intense force-feedback." The game offers free online connectivity for software updates and statistics tracking; it links directly to the player's Microsoft Xbox live account by means of a built-in QR code scanner.

Jarvis predicts that the biggest challenge for 2018 was "making sure the Raw Thrills customer experience was totally there – quality, reliability, longevity, and value to the operator and player was there in a very innovative year. We worked extra hard because no innovation is worth sacrificing quality for," he said.

 The company noted that Halo: Fireteam Raven, Injustice Arcade, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were three major titles that were shipped around the world in 2018, accelerating earnings reports for Raw Thrills operators. The popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game offers four player positions for a great ROI, with 45 minutes of gameplay, seven unique "bosses" and four levels. Based on the hit Nickelodeon show, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles incorporates a 55-in. LED high-definition screen. According to Raw Thrills, it is the  #1 beat 'em Up game on the market.

For 2019, Jarvis explained, the game plan is based on Raw Thrills' respect for an eternal truth: "In this industry, you can't sit on your butt collecting awards. We always have to hustle to remain relevant and create games that add value for our customers."

For a game developer, the Raw Thrills president observed, "every year starts at zero, and we have to earn our keep. So we're 'throwing it down' in 2019."

For example, the company is starting off the new year by introducing three games.   A two-player version of Halo: Fireteam Raven, with the same gameplay and player interactivity as the first Halo implementation in a more compact cabinet, is ready to go.

Slated for shipment in the spring of this year are a new SuperBikes model (version 3), with brand-new tracks, bikes, upgrades, drivers, locations," and a killer cabinet." It will come in four colors: yellow, green, blue, and pink, a 43-in. LED HD display and a brand-new 3D diorama-style marquee.

Also being readied for spring shipment is an arcade recreation of the popular mobile game slither.io. "And with our industry-leading investment in game development, we will never stop working for arcade players and operators to make the best arcade entertainment possible," Jarvis pledged.

The first edition of the Raw Thrills newsletter also noted the success of another novel arcade interpretation of a popular theme: Injustice arcade, a redemption game licensed from DC Comics and Warner Bros. The Injustice world is an alternative universe in which a demented Superman has established an autocracy, and a band of superheroes led by Batman stage a revolution. The game delivers a free collectible card with every play.

Injustice arcade Series 2 is now in preparation and will be launched this year. The new version will feature team cards (three players at once) and a 43-in. LED high-definition display.