Following a licensing agreement with Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc, we can officially reveal that Microgaming's new big branded slot for Winter 2016 will be Tarzan.
Microgaming have been a little slow this year to talk about what their ‘big’ game release will be for 2016, and we certainly didn’t expect it to be a Tarzan slot machine.
But from Microgaming? The Jurassic World slot out sometime this year, but as of yet no further news.
That is until today, when they’ve confirmed that they signed the exclusive rights to the king of the jungle.
But will the Tarzan slot still be relevant? Are we that excited about a guy we’ve seen again, and again, on TV and movies for over a century?
It’s still very early days. So far we have… a logo.
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Yeah. We know. Not easy to write a whole news story around that, but you’ll be amazed at our capacity to extract every last little bit of information in order to over analyse this big Microgaming slot release.
Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc, named after the author who wrote the original book back in 1912 have given Microgaming full license on all the original characters and the famous yell.
Which yes, will feature prominently in the game. Because of course it will. It’s a freaking Tarzan slot machine.
Microgaming have promised that the man ape will take centre stage, but that Jane, Archimedes (her father) and ‘his jungle friends’ will all be part of the ensemble.
James Sullos, President of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc states: “We could not be more pleased to license Tarzan™ and his friends to such a quality company as Microgaming. Their extensive experience in developing online slot games assures us they will build a game that will attract many fans and players to the game from around the globe.”
Expect elephants, gorillas, rhinos, the whole stampede to show up.
Which made sense; when Microgaming created the Bridesmaid slots, they made sure every one of the iconic characters would be on board.
It’s an all or nothing game with them.
Also confirmed, this will not be an online slot only. Which actually isn’t that surprising as for a while now this game studio has ensured that all their biggest casino releases are made on all platforms.
Even, in fact, some of their not so big releases (read: the upcoming Karaoke Party slot).
Either way, expect it to work beautifully on both the latest Android and Apple devices.
And the good news is that because this isn’t based on a specific movie, they won’t need to create cut scenes which you’ll miss out on in the mobile version.
The theme is around the original Tarzan book so they can do whatever they want with the character. Within reason.
Despite only making the announcement this week, it seems that this Tarzan video slot has been kicking around their office for a while.
Roger Raatgever, CEO of Microgaming, stated: “Having seen the game in prototype, I can honestly say the online slot will not disappoint Tarzan fans;… players can look forward to the game’s release this winter.”
And considering that Tarzan is such a huge name, landing the ‘exclusive’ rights to make any kind of online slot games is a big scoop for them.
There are lots of Sherlock slots for example, but there will only be one Microgaming Tarzan online slot.
There are two different opinions on this.
The first is that since Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote Tarzan of the Apes at the turn of the century, we’ve grown tired of what’s become a relic of a man.
At a time when we are all about technology and the future, who can relate to a man raised in isolation in a Jungle? Africa isn’t undiscovered and exotic, but fractured and complicated.
Our heroes wear capes, fly into space, and stop city wide disasters with a single bound.
Where does an elephant riding savage fit into this world?
Clearly our love affair with the man-ape hasn’t died, as only this year we received yet another movie rendition with the Legend of Tarzan featuring Margot Robbie, Christopher Waltz and that Vampire man with the pretty abs.
Who cares if it didn’t get raving reviews. Did you know that this jungle hero is one of the most filmed characters in motion picture history? That he’s been portrayed by 29 different actors since 1918, and likely to continue for many years to come.
“Tarzan is recognised the world over, so we’re excited to be launching a slot hosted by this timeless character. Our highly talented games team relish working with a new brand, to build a game that celebrates and embraces it.” Continue Roger Raatgever, CEO of Microgaming.
Not to mention multiple TV series, two broadway stage productions, comic strips, and many imitations more.
Clearly our love affair with the man in the leopard pants is still going strong.
James Sullos, President of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., adds: “We could not be more pleased to license Tarzan™ and his friends to such a quality company as Microgaming. Their extensive experience in developing online slot games assures us they will build a game that will attract many fans and players to the game from around the globe.”
If NetEnt could create an iconic looking game with the Invisible Man slot, we have no doubt that Microgaming will do something special with Tarzan.
However, winter 2016 is far away, and not even close enough to really get excited with such few details on the table.
But that’s ok. You’ve got plenty of iconic Microgaming branded mobile slots to try in-between.
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