One of the most popular slot games, Gonzo’s Quest, is getting a virtual reality (VR) version. It will be the first real-money VR slot game on the market.
Swedish developer and supplier of slot games NetEnt decided to venture deeper into the possibilities opened up by the emergence of VR headsets, and also decided to go big, remaking their arguably most popular title.
A VR version of the highly popular Gonzo’s Quest title will come as part of the Swedish provider’s strategy to respond to a growing trend within the international gambling industry. NetEnt is hopeful that the WebVR technology, which is a way to display 3D content on VR headsets via browsers, will mature enough in 2017/2018 to support VR gameplay at least at a basic level.
It remains to be seen if that will really happen. So far, there have been some demonstrations of the technology but the emergence of the first VR slot game is still pending.
During last year’s ICE Totally Gaming show, the Swedish developer talked about five concepts it would further focus on in future and virtual reality was one of them. Through a free-to-play demo version of its popular slot Jack and the Beanstalk, the company demonstrated how drastically the new technology could change the online gambling landscape.
This is the immersive VR version of Jack and the Beanstalk, called Jack’s World:
NetEnt showcased a prototype of its Gonzo’s Quest VR slot game at this year’s ICE Totally Gaming.
Virtual Reality and the iGaming Industry
Virtual reality has been an area many have explored and tried to achieve progress in over the past decades. The most significant recent advancement in that field came last year when the Oculus Rift and other VR headsets were released. Sensing the potential the VR technology holds, it is not a surprise that iGaming developers have been showing deep interest in it.
However, no one has yet managed to find a good purpose for virtual reality, and although so many industries are excited by the technology, applications have so far been just a novelty trick. It remains to be seen if NetEnt will be able to be the first to bring VR into gambling.
The online gambling industry has been on a constant quest for innovation, mostly due to the demands of the new audience, the so-called millenials, and it is believed that virtual reality will prove to be a big innovation driver. As VR is expected to further establish itself as an important trend not only within iGaming, but in general, more and more players will be looking for an opportunity to bask into the alternative gambling experience the technology offers.
According to a recent report by research firm – Mobile & Online Gambling: Casinos, Lotteries, Betting & VR 2016-2021, the virtual reality casino industry is poised to grow into a €500-million one by the end of the reviewed period.