Online gambling software provider Microgaming has launched the much-anticipated new flagship branded video slot, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. This slot game is the first to utilise the Ise of Man-based software company’s new Cinematic Spins technology, allowing gamers to see clips from the films with every spin.
The new slot is part of a multi-year licensing agreement Microgaming signed with Warner Bros. Digital Distribution in 2009 (see previous InfoPowa report).
The company is developing a series of cutting-edge, graphic rich video slots based on this popular movie trilogy and will use animation material, themes, and characters, from the trilogy of The Lord of the Rings motion pictures that include The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
These online slot games will be available to adults only in countries where online gaming is permitted, a company spokesman said this week.
Microgaming is also using the launch to introduce its proprietary Cinematic Spins gaming technology, which allows movie clips to act as moving backgrounds behind the reels during spins, providing players with an unprecedented level of excitement and immersion. Win sequences and expanding wilds also use cinematic clips, instead of traditional animated graphics.
The slots feature famous scenes from the film including Ringwraiths during the attack at Weathertop, Balrog in the Mines of Moria, and Uruk-hai in the woods of Middle-earth. Players will also enjoy seeing characters from the films that include Frodo, Aragorn, Saruman and the deadly Black Riders.
Roger Raatgever, CEO Microgaming said: “This game really does push the boundaries of what an online slot can do. The Fellowship of the Ring looks and feels like an extension of the big screen film experience and we’re confident that our operators will see a great deal of demand from their players.
"This was an important deal for Microgaming and highlights our commitment to partner with the right brands, at the right time.”
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy generated $3 billion in worldwide box office receipts and was nominated for a total of 30 Academy Awards; of which 17 were won, including Best Picture.
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