While having coffee the other day, jotting down notes as I usually do, I got into thinking about all the unresolved issues surrounding the JVS-PAC 2. I started writing down these issues, and upon looking at what I had written I came to the realization that these are not show-stopping road-blocks at all but more in the 'fancy features' category. I've been getting a few requests for JVS-PAC's in the last few months, and none of them were for specific JVS-PAC 2 features - most people simply want something that 'just works' like the old JVS-PAC. Clearly, there is only one logical thing to do - which is to get the JVS-PAC 2 into production as quickly as possible, and that is exactly what I'm doing.
At first it will likely have just the MAME features of the original, which should get the job done for most people :). Firmware update is really fast easy though, and I still want to make it easy to use with steam titles - but this intention will not stand in the way of people just wanting to play Mame in their JVS cabinets.
The assembly houses operate with a 5-6 week lead time, and with Chinese new year holiday coming up I don't have a specific date, but if I suspect within a couple of months.
There will be no pre-orders or preferred order processing, but unless I have totally misjudged the demand there should be enough units for everyone.