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iGaming giant NetEnt has announced the release of yet another online pokie, this time for much later in the year. The Planet of the Apes mobile pokies from the Swedish developer is set to go live in October this year, with the developer revealing that they have signed and finalised the licensing agreement.
While Planet of the Apes will be the first mobile pokies game to be released, NetEnt has also revealed that they have signed for the entire Planet of the Apes franchise. Thus, it’s safe to say that players could expect a number of subsequent releases based on the franchise’s blockbuster films.
With over 50 years of history in film, the Planet of the Apes brand is one that will instantly be recognisable to a wide range of players from a broad age range. With the hype around Playtech’s announcement of the Suicide Squad and Justice League pokies, NetEnt has no doubt made a smart move in signing their latest film pokies licence.
New Pokies May Be Based On 1968 Version Of The Film
There have been no announcements yet as to which film the first Planet of the Apes pokies game will be based on. However, it has been speculated that it may be centred on the very first film, which was released way back in 1968.
The primate-focused franchise originated with the novel, La Planete des Singes. The first movie, as mentioned above, debuted in 1968, featuring Charlton Heston. There have also been three more recent film releases, including a remake of the classic in 2001, the Rise of the Planet of the Apes in 2011, and the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in 2014.
So far, NetEnt has only revealed that the rich history of Planet of the Apes franchise will resonate with every player who has grown up with the films, fitting perfectly with their wide and diverse player base.
NetEnt Chief Product Officer Pleased To Sign The Franchise
Simon Hammon, the Chief Product Officer at NetEnt, noted that the company is thrilled to have signed the franchise, and is excited to be able to offer players the branded pokies game later in the year.
The Planet of the Apes pokies announcement was made by NetEnt at this year’s 2017 ICE Totally Gaming Expo. The pokies game is expected to showcase original images and footage from one of the films, as well as unique and innovative bonus features that have become the Swedish software provider’s trademark.