A New Year has already dawned for us, and with every new year comes new, exciting things. This applies to the gambling world, too. It is quite common for us to ask what the biggest expected new slots will be in this industry for 2021 and what the biggest features are likely to be in the year ahead as well. And that is exactly what we will be looking at here, with a variety of exciting options coming up.
Perhaps there is the thrill of a new developer to look forward to or maybe a new type of slot game will be launched. It may be the case that a new inbuilt feature will be brought to the fore in such games, allowing you to have an altogether different experience when you play them. Whatever the case may be, there will always be innovations brought to light in the gaming world. Why not join us as we take a look at what lies ahead for 2021?
Megaquads Are Ready to Take Over
Do you remember when Big Time Gaming (BTG) first launched slot games featuring the Megaways feature? Titles like White Rabbit and Bonanza have since gone on to become thrilling options for casino players to access. And in the same vein, BTG has licensed those Megaways out to a multitude of other developers, including Netent, Blueprint Gaming, Storm Gaming and Reel Play, amongst others. This has seen those developers include the Megaways in a variety of their own slot releases, enhancing them beyond their originals.
Well, BTG looks set to continue its dominance in the gaming world. Following on from Megaways, the Australian developer has certainly managed to get to grips with inventing game-changing technology, releasing the Megaclusters function. This took elements of the classic cluster pays mechanic and then added even more to it to provide avid fans with even more enticing action. And this has now led to the creation and launch of the aforementioned Megaquads.
As with the other two innovations, Megaquads is another mechanic that appears in slot games. When you first access a game that utilises this feature, it may look quite confusing initially. Megaquads games are actually played with four different sets of reels in action. Each of these is made up of four sets of reels and four rows alongside, hence the name. Further to this, each set provides you with the chance to win in 256 ways, meaning that 1,024 ways to win are in operation in total.
The very first Megaquads game to be released came out in September of last year, entitled Slot Vegas. This features an RTP rate of 96.59% and you are able to win up to 25,200x your stake when playing the game. The likelihood is that when BTG releases more of these Megaquads games this year, players will want to get in on all the action, so it is anticipated that they will be come heavily popular in 2021.
Splitz from Yggdrasil to Make an Impact
Before we move on to listing some of the general anticipated games of 2021, it is relevant to mention the Splitz titles from Yggdrasil. The developer has crafted this mechanic, which will likely appear in a number of upcoming games for the year. What exactly are Splitz slots, though?
Well, these games take something that gamers are already familiar with and then expands on it. Essentially, you get to benefit from more ways to win, longer paylines, better scatters symbols and so on. In essence, it gives you much more of an enticing slot gaming experience, and Yggdrasil is already at the peak of performance with this anyway.
Of course, the creation of additional ways to win is nothing new, considering the aforementioned BTG Megaways have been around for some time now. Splitz basically evolves from this, offering even more ways to line up winning combinations when you play such titles. While most Megaways games provide up to 117,649 ways to win, Splitz games will offer up to 248,832 ways to win, at least. Now, it is prominent to note that Splitz was first announced and introduced by Yggdrasil at the beginning of 2020, but it is expected that these games will gain more traction in the year ahead.
The mechanic builds itself around the familiar mystery symbols of online slots. Where Splitz titles are concerned, these symbols are taken and then, as the name suggests, splits them up. There is not a specific number of times that these will be split, though. Every time it does split though, more ways to win will be created for you to benefit from as the player.
The first game that was released in this genre was Temple Stacks Splitz. Within that slot, the mystery symbols are stacked and can split into up to 12 identical symbols. As noted, the number of splits will vary from time to time whenever these stacks appear. Once a split occurs, the mystery blocks then reveal one and the same symbol behind them. These are then evaluated, and if a win occurs, you receive a payout.
Splitz slots have yet to gain as much attention as they should have, but 2021 is likely to be their year. With Yggdrasil always focusing on providing the very best content to players, there is little doubt that we will all get to see some more high-quality launches that also feature the Splitz function.
Other Anticipated Games for 2021
What else is expected to be released in 2021 that will likely garner plenty of attention from gaming fans? Well, we have a selection of upcoming games that feature some impressive themes and special features for you to look forward to as the year advances.
Gates of Olympus by Pragmatic Play
While it may be true that many online developers have already tackled the Greek gods theme, Pragmatic Play is one that has not put as much effort into it as others. That is about to change though, as Gates of Olympus is set to be released towards the end of February. It utilises the same high-quality graphics that we have all come to know and love from the developer, and Zeus will watch on from the right-hand side of the reels as you play. A variety of godly symbols are present upon the six reels of the slot, too.
There is an inclusive RTP rate of 96.50% for you to benefit from, although it is important to note that this is a high volatility game as well. Pragmatic Play has also utilised Gates of Olympus to introduce us all to a new pay-anywhere system as well, though. While it is common to find scatter symbols paying from any position in a slot, it is quite intriguing to see all regular symbols paying from any position. Of course, the right number of these will need to be spun into view, but when combined with the games cascades and multiplier, you can really do some damage with Gates of Olympus.
Once this game is released, you will be able to benefit not only from the inclusion of multipliers of up to 500x, but a free spins round as well. You will be able to claim 15 of these when four or more scatter symbols show up. The slot also contains the button that allows you to double your chances of triggering the free spins round by increasing your overall bet.
Hell’s Kitchen by Netent
Gordon Ramsay is probably someone that people either really love or severely hate. There is very little room for middle ground when it comes to having an opinion on him. However, Netent looks like it will be trying to push you closer to a love for him, with the Hell’s Kitchen slot release. Due to come to our computer screens in March this year, this game was one of a trio that was announced at last years London ICE conference.
If you are a fan of the television show, then the likelihood is that this is going to be quite the winning slot release for you…at least, from a popular media standpoint.The television show has been airing since 2005, and in Las Vegas, there is even a popular Hell’s Kitchen eating establishment for people to visit.
The likelihood is that Netent will be looking to replicate that success with this online slot game, and of course, with the Ramsay association, this branded game is likely to become a popular release. Plus, the fact that it has been designed by such a prolific developer in the industry will not harm its chances of success, either.
Despite this, Hell’s Kitchen features a low volatility level, meaning that you can expect to obtain frequent payouts from it, but at the lower end of the scale. Traditional specialities have also been included in it by the developer, although these are obviously tailored to the games inbuilt theme. The Ramsay’s Wilds Feature adds between five and seven wild symbols to the reels in random locations. Team Challenge Free Spins will be triggered with the appearance of three or more scatter symbols, giving you up to 15 free spins to play through. And there is also Gordon’s Bonus Game thrown in there for an extra perk.
Robin Sherwood Marauders by Peter & Sons
Now, how about something from a relatively lesser-known developer, but with so much to look forward to in it? Robin Sherwood Marauders is to be released in April by Peter & Sons, for your enjoyment. The company is an Armenian brand, which brings its own unique flavour to this compelling and enduring story from English literature. Of course, the basis behind this is Robin Hood, who would steal from the rich to give to the poor people of Nottingham.
That story definitely comes to life in this richly-designed, exciting slot, and it could be the one to propel Peter & Sons into the limelight. The graphics are of a wonderful quality judging by the early image releases, and behind its six active reels, you will be able to form wins in up to 4,096 ways. While you spin the reels, a piece of traditional music accompanies you, setting the scene perfectly as you go. You should also be aware that Robin Sherwood Marauders is a highly volatile game, so if you are someone who can wait around for a big payout, this slow will work wonders for you.
Every time that you form a win in the slot, you will get to experience the cascade feature. Winning symbols are removed and new ones fall into the spaces to potentially create more wins. Cascades finish when no further wins can be created. Multipliers are also in effect during this feature, increasing by one with every subsequent cascade. Peter & Sons has also included a free spins round for you to trigger, with three or more scattered treasure chests doing just that. Wild symbols landing in free spins will also expand to cover the whole reel they are on. One other part of this game is the progress bar at the bottom of the reels, which is filled by scatter symbols when they land. Collecting 292 points will then activate 12 super free spins for you to play!
East Coast vs West Coast xWays by Nolimit City
Last but by no means certainly not least is this upcoming game from Nolimit City. Set to hit screens in early February, East Coast vs West Coast xWays brings together a dangerous vibe with some musical influences, and this is done across five reels. The game takes you back to the 1990s, when hip hop was becoming quite prolific on the coasts of the USA. Vibrant colours jump out at you when you play this game, and it has been designed in the way that only Nolimit City knows how.
Despite its dangerous feeling undertones, the slot is quite bright and cheerful when you start playing it. Backed by a laid-back piece of music, you will likely want to continue spinning its reels for as long as possible. The game features up to 243 ways for you to win as a standard, but this can improve to a maximum of 84,375 ways, thanks to the xWays function. All of the slots symbols fall in line with the base theme, which makes it even more compelling to access.
Included within the game are xWays symbols, which transform into 203 instances of one and the same symbol. There are also xNudge wilds, which are three-row high wild symbols that will always nudge so that they are completely visible on the screen, while multipliers create higher payouts for you. Linked reels have also been included, while Infectious xWays will see symbols infect others to turn them into one and the same.