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Jumanji Slot From NetEnt Announced
NetEnt, one of the world’s leading developers of online slots based around iconic pop culture themes, has announced the planned development of a new title based on the Jumanji franchise, the company said in a statement.
The decision comes on the heels of the wildly popular Jumanji movie released last month. The film — a remake of the original Robin Williams classic — stars former WWF star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. It follows the exploits of a group of teenagers sucked into the adventurous jungle world of the Jumanji game.
“The original Jumanji movie, which debuted in 1995, remains a moviegoer favorite and continues to demonstrate its cross-generational appeal more than 20 years later!” said Henrik Fagerlund, NetEnt’s Chief Product Officer. “Also, with the recent release of the new film, the Jumanji brand is more popular than ever. We’re excited for the game launch in 2018.”
Jumanji World Perfect For Slots
Jumanji certainly won’t be the first movie to get the slots treatment. While NetEnt was not too forthcoming with the design details just yet, the game is already making quite a stir amongst those with early access, and with good reason.
The entire premise of the Jumanji movie is what happens when a group of normal people are sucked into a virtual world of adventure and excitement. Not only does that theme offer some unique opportunities for immersive gameplay, but it’s also hard to miss the parallels with the way slot machine gaming captures the imagination of players with fun and huge cash prizes.
NetEnt Does It Again
Beyond the slot itself, it bears mentioning that NetEnt has once again scored a coup over its competition. There is always a lot of excitement surrounding turning movie properties known to be a hit with worldwide audiences into slots. Certainly Jumanji’s box office haul — which stands at more than $600m right now — qualifies for that description.
Sony Pictures’ decision to pair with NetEnt illustrates how seriously the company takes adding new and popular themes to its portfolio of games — and how much IP rights holders trust them to do so.
“Being able to secure a deal for another high-profile title showcases the moves we’re making in diversifying our roster of games,” Fagerlund said.