In addition to picking up awards at the recent ICE Totally Gaming 2017 Awards in London, Microgaming we're also using this prestigious event to celebrate another huge announcement, that of a forthcoming film tie in slot that promises to be yet another smash hit.
Those that were lucky attendees at the ICE event will already be aware of the theme of the new slot, given that the Microgaming Bar was decked out to resemble the key setting from the movie in question, even down to the point of using actual props taken from the set of the film.
That film was the 2004 movie reworking of the classic Phantom of the Opera which was heavily based on the musical, originally devised and composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Having acquired the rights to produce a slot based on the movie, which starred Gerard Butler, Emily Rossum and Minnie Driver, Microgaming are aiming to have the slot ready for release later this year.
The 2004 film, which was a huge success grossing over $154 million at the Box Office worldwide, was originally based on the famous musical, which is now one of the longest running shows in theatrical history. However, Lloyd-Webber's inspiration for the musical came from the novel of the same name written by French author Gaston Leroux.
It tells of how the majestic and grandiose Paris Opera House hides a shadowy secret, that of the Phantom. A mysterious and hideously deformed entity who dwells deep in the shadows in the darkest recesses of the building. Although shunned by the public, who fear his looks, the story tells the tale of how the Phantom falls in love with a beautiful Opera singer, Christine Daae, and how their relationship evolves.
There's clear echoes with Victor Hugo's tale the Hunchback of Notre Dame here, but regardless of that, the Phantom of the Opera was a classic of French literature that had new life breathed into it when Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice penned the music and lyrics to the musical back in the early 1980s.
The original theatrical release began at Her Majesty's Theatre in London in 1986 and starred Michael Crawford in the lead role. Since then, it has played non-stop for 31 years, winning 70 major theater awards and hitting the road to over 35 countries, playing in 166 cities around the world and grossing a total of $6 billion in ticket sales. Despite travelling the world over, you can still see the Musical right now at the very theater where it made its debut back in 1986.
So after success as a novel, musical and now blockbuster Hollywood production, it is time for Microgaming to tackle the somewhat unusual task of converting not just a movie, but a musical, into a world class slots game.
The good news is that anybody that has played any of movie-themed slots that Microgaming has created, will be well aware of just how high the presentation values are on that slot and Microgaming have taken steps to ensure that this new game, matches the quality of the last.
To that end, the company have secured the rights to use all the characters as well as clips from the movie and music from the movie to ensure that their new slot is packed to the brim with all the nice touches and content to provide the most exciting and immersive slots experience.
Following the announcement of the deal with the Really Useful Group earlier this month, David Reynolds the chief Games Publisher at Microgaming explained.
"The Phantom of the Opera has had unequivocal success, played to over 140 million people worldwide!
"It's exciting to be working with a music, a new genre of branded content for Microgaming, extending and broadening our portfolio of games.
"Due out in Q3 2017, this game will be a true celebration of the world's biggest opera, balancing a healthy mix of base game features with a feature-packed Free Spins round," he concluded.
One thing is for sure, based on the success of the book, musical and film, Microgaming's Phantom of the Opera slot is likely to be a sure fire hit when it hits casinos later this year. Keep your eyes peeled for the mysterious Phantom slot!
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