Net Ent to Release VR Version of Gonzo's Quest

Swedish online casino game designer Net Ent has revealed that they are working on releasing its first ever virtual reality slot on to the internet casino market, as they're making a 360 degree version of Gonzo's Quest.

Based on the group's iconic slot of the same name, the game will allow users to become more immersed in the theme and setting of the game, and will work in many of the same in-game features, but will have 360 degree 3D visuals that make you feel like you're really on a quest for El Dorado's gold. The game is being designed with the WebVR plugin, which allows VR content to be displayed through web browsers rather than downloadable apps.

Commenting on the future of VR betting Net Ent CEO Per Eriksson said, "We firmly believe that VR has a given place in the future of online gaming, based on our research and the trends that we monitor. We remain focused on delivering the ultimate entertainment experience by taking this first step towards developing our first real-money VR slot. This is a milestone for NetEnt and the gaming industry."

The announcement of the game was made at ICE, and more details on the game's release will be made in the future.

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13 February 2017 - 11:50pm
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No doubtfully VR will make the experience quite more realistic and exiting of an already a great slot but I'm not sure I want to be so involved that loosing any idea of time and space, still should be fun for a shorter play I think.

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15 February 2017 - 2:38pm
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sharpe has a point. I don't know or think I would be into that stuff but I am sure that it will be very interesting.

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15 February 2017 - 11:01pm
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sharpe has a point. I don't know or think I would be into that stuff but I am sure that it will be very interesting.

Yeah we think this way now but probably if we put that thing on our heads we wouldn't be wanting to take off them after that Wink

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16 February 2017 - 12:18am
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I know for years companies like Betsoft have been calling their games 3D in a bit of marketing BS, and Microgaming released a slot that you could view in 3D with those red/blue glasses. But fundamentally slots are not 3D and there is no movement in and around slot machines while you play them. You're viewing a fixed set of reels that operate in a flat plane in front of you.

So I'm intrigued to see how they are going to translate the flat experience of an existing slot machine into a 360 degree VR environment. I'm guessing with Gonzo if you turn around you might see jungle behind you and maybe they might let you move around the reels or something. That could be novel for about 5 minutes but I'm struggling to see how this is going to be anything other than a gimmick. Ultimately you're always going to want to be in a position where you can see all the blocks dropping at once in this case.

Wouldn't it be better to have a VR casino where you can move around among different slot machines, like SlotsMillion did? Not that it is a great solution either (limited games, slower than just clicking on a game in a browser) but it seems to make more sense than doing this on games individually.

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16 February 2017 - 12:29am
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Wouldn't it be better to have a VR casino where you can move around among different slot machines, like SlotsMillion did? Not that it is a great solution either (limited games, slower than just clicking on a game in a browser) but it seems to make more sense than doing this on games individually.

Yeah I would love to Ed, guess few punters would love that too, who knows where the technical inventions would bring us, certainly the aspiration of more realistic and entertaining experience would make VR to be developed too...I guess.

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16 February 2017 - 10:50am
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well said Gentlemen , I think this is a very exciting development for the industry , I played the 3D casino that Slotsmillion offers rigged up to my 3D UHD TV & laptop and once I had my 3D glasses and played a few of the games, I thought I would never play normally again, but it is a tedious setting it up, VR I imagine would be incredibly immersive and I would kill to to experience that with something like the oculus Rift or HTC Vive MacBook Black I experimented with Samsung Gear VR running the Samsung internet VR app at slotsmillion as well but was tricky to navigate but fruit shop played and looked great , just hope by the time this is officially released the headsets become more affordable though

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17 February 2017 - 5:42am
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Yes affordable and about 1/5 of the size. Watching people with the enormous VR goggles on (and giving it a go once myself) reminded me of the early mobile phones that were the size of a brick. Remember the movie Wall Street?

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17 February 2017 - 2:33pm
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Ed is correct, slots are traditionally flat and it'd be really hard to get that to be immersive and recreated in VR. My experience as a VR user is that developers and users need to look at how things can be kept the same but made different at the same time.

The mechanics of Gonzo's Quest aren't going to change, otherwise it'd be a completely new game. The way they could pull this off (not that I think they will), is to put you in the Amazon, with the reels maybe about 5 feet in front of you and about 10 feet tall, making the user see these giant blocks dropping down from the air, and creating a dynamic thud sound as it hits the bottom (VR is as much about sounds as it is visuals, so having the sound be epic would put you in there). To complete the experience, you'd have Gonzo walking around the VR setting and doing whatever goofy crap they want him to do, giving players something else to look at other than the reels.

Update: Actually, I just went on the Net Ent YouTube channel, and it looks like they did some of what I said! They did a pretty decent job, but I still would have made the reels larger and closer, giving a more epic look and feel to it.

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17 February 2017 - 5:10pm
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I don't know, for me it seems a little odd. But I guess time will tell how this thing will do, but still CL_Ed had some great points.

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18 February 2017 - 12:03am
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I don't even see the reels on your video slim, don't know why but I'm agree with most of your thoughts generally.

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Yes affordable and about 1/5 of the size. Watching people with the enormous VR goggles on (and giving it a go once myself) reminded me of the early mobile phones that were the size of a brick. Remember the movie Wall Street?

Yeah I remember those bricks Ed, it was funny for me even back then but here only some 'businessman’s' could afford it in the beginning and we us e to call them - tough pals.

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18 February 2017 - 12:15pm
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Thx for the video barbadosslim93 it helps understanding how the slots gameplay is gonna be played out