With its determination to remain an industry leader in the iGaming software development space, Net Entertainment or NetEnt always has an eye on the latest in gaming technology. Based on customer demand for the industry to move towards providing a virtual reality experience in gaming, the company has announced its plans to develop the industry’s first real-money Virtual Reality slot game.
VR Makeover of Gonzo’s Quest Slot
Operating under the belief that the latest advancements in WebVR technology will be mature enough to provide support for VR gameplay sometime in the next couple of years, NetEnt has begun the process of reinventing its highly popular online slot Gonzo’s Quest into a new VR format.
According to Per Eriksson, CEO of NetEnt, in a press release: “We firmly believe that VR has a given place in the future of online gaming, based on our research and the trends that we monitor. We remain focused on delivering the ultimate entertainment experience by taking this first step towards developing our first real-money VR slot. This is a milestone for NetEnt and the gaming industry.”
NetEnt to Exclusively License Planet of the Apes Film Franchise Slots
On another note, for almost five decades, the Planet of the Apes franchise has thrilled and entertained millions of moviegoers. Based on the novel La Planète des Singes, the movie franchise saw its first release in 1968 with the introduction of the hit movie Planet of the Apes.
Based on the enormous success of the last two ventures in the franchise, Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), NetEnt has stepped in and signed an exclusive agreement with 20th Century Fox Consumer Products for the licensing rights to create online gaming content based on the entire Planet of the Apes franchise. The first release under the new agreement is scheduled for the second half of 2017. The game will feature icons and movie clips from the Planet of the Apes movie.
According to Simon Hammon, Chief Product Officer of NetEnt: “Planet of the Apes is one of the largest film franchises in the world never to have been applied to gaming before. With such a rich history, the brand resonates with everyone that has grown up with the films, and it will fit perfectly with NetEnt’s wide and diverse player base. We are thrilled to have signed the franchise, and can’t wait to offer the game to players later in the year.”