Last week saw the annual ICE Totally Gaming conference take place in London, and all eyes were fixed on it to see the big announcements from the most famous online and mobile gambling brands. Chief among these is NetEnt, who regularly uses the conference to announce and promote new gaming products – just last year it used the conference as a platform to show off their Jimi Hendrix and Motörhead slots. It should come as no surprise, then, that NetEnt made a couple of really big announcements that should have us all really excited.
Planet Of The Apes Slot
Ok, I thought we could start off with the slightly less exciting news, which, actually in itself is pretty exciting anyway. NetEnt has been lucky enough to secure a license to create a new online and mobile slot themed around the Planet of the Apes film franchise.
It’s kind of staggering that the Planet of the Apes brand has never had a slot themed after it before, seeing as the entire franchise dates back over 50 years, but perhaps the owners of the intellectual property – 20th Century Fox – was simply sitting back and waiting for a developer with NetEnt’s pedigree to come around and make a killer slot for them.
Understandably, the announcement of the agreement has caused a buzz among both NetEnt and Planet of the Apes fans who cannot wait to get their hands on the finished product. Unfortunately, development has only just begun, and they’ll need to wait until the latter half of 2017 to play the Planet of the Apes slot for real.
So far the closest thing we have to details is the press release about the new game which promises it’ll ‘feature stunning graphics and unique game mechanics that will bring to life the power and excitement of the brand’. Seeing as it’s NetEnt we’re talking about, that seems likely.
Virtual Reality Slot
Ok, now for the big news; are you sitting comfortably? After years leading the way in the online and mobile slots industry in terms of innovation, NetEnt is adding yet another innovation string to its bow by creating its very first virtual reality slot. Where mobile casinos and live dealers were both created with the intention of giving players the chance to enjoy ever increasingly immersive casino experiences, virtual reality takes that concept into overdrive, as players are transported into the world of their chosen game, and become fulling engaged without distractions from the outside world.
Virtual reality technology is becoming more and more mainstream, and it suits a company like NetEnt to be one of the first developers to create a virtual reality slot. However, even NetEnt knows when to play it safe, which is why instead of creating an entirely new game, NetEnt will be retro-fitting one of its most popular slots for use with a virtual reality headset.
That’s why by the end of 2017 or beginning of 2018, you’ll be able to play Gonzo’s Quest in vivid virtual reality! If you didn’t believe NetEnt was driving innovation before, you must now!