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NetEnt Announces Virtual Reality Games, Secures Planet of the Apes LicensePublished February 8, 2017 by Ivan P
NetEnt announces their plans to develop the first-ever Virtual Reality slot and signs an important deal securing a license for the Planet of the Apes film franchise.
NetEnt has made two important announcements in a short time span. The company has unveiled its plans to start developing their very first virtual reality game while sealing the deal for the Planet of the Apes movie franchise almost simultaneously.
Gonzo's Quest to Pilot NetEnt's VR Efforts
Gonzo's Quest slot is one of the best-known NetEnt games, so it is only fitting for it to pilot the company's excursion into the world of Virtual Reality games. The use of Virtual Reality gives players a better, more immersive gaming experience, and there is a growing trend among game suppliers looking to provide this kind of an experience.
NetEnt will take their popular title and apply WebVR technology to it, hoping to add Gonzo's Quest VR slot to their game offering by the end of 2017 or beginning of 2018. The game will be deployed through existing NetEnt Casino Module, maximizing its reach.
NetEnt's CEO Per Eriksson is convinced that Virtual Reality has an important place in the future of gaming. The information the company has gathered through the research and following playing trends supports this belief, and NetEnt wants to hit the ground running by developing and deploying the first-ever VR real money slot. According to Eriksson, this is an important milestone for NetEnt and the gaming industry as a whole.
Exclusive License for the Planet of the Apes Franchise
Simultaneously with finding ways to expand on their current offer, NetEnt is always on the lookout for opportunities to add new content. The most recent fruit of these efforts is an exclusive deal with 20th Century Fox Consumer Products securing the license for the Plane of the Apes film franchise.
The deal gives NetEnt full online gambling rights for the franchise with a significant fan base and heritage of more than 50 years. The Planet of the Apes slot, scheduled for the second half of 2017, is thus poised to create a huge buzz among the players and film fans.
According to Simon Hammon, NetEnt's Chief Product Officer, Planet of the Apes is one of the largest film franchises in existence that's never been featured in gambling. Given the film's long history, Hammon expects it to be a huge hit with NetEnt's very diverse player base, which includes many who grew up with these movies.