2017 is here and it’s brought with it a whole new year of slot releases from all the major slot developers. Although the details are light on what new slots we can expect, we’ve pooled our knowledge to bring you the three best new slots that you can look forward to in early 2017. There are no specific dates as of yet and some of the information is a little scarce, but we can only expect the best out of each of these new slots, as their developers are going to have to become more innovative than ever to keep the slots feeling fresh after a stellar 2016.
NetEnt — Dead Or Alive Remaster & Touch Version
Dead or Alive is a hidden gem of the NetEnt library. Released at the start of 2015, it didn’t quite set the scene on fire like Starburst or Gonzo’s Quest did, but it’s still a strong title with a loyal fanbase, appearing on the most played lists of many online casinos all these years later.
Fans who thought the Dead or Alive series was to be forgotten by NetEnt are in luck. In early 2017, NetEnt are relaunching an all new remastered version of the slot, with higher quality graphics and improved performance. Mobile fans are equally in luck as there is also an all new Touch mobile version of Dead or Alive being released along with the remaster.
Aside from a graphical touch up and a new mobile version, the slot will be returning with all the same great features. These will include its extra spins round, which gives players 12 extra spins, with a bonus 2x multiplier added to any win made during the extra spins round. If players spin one or more sticky wilds on all the reels of the slot, they’ll also receive 5 more extra spins, with all the sticky wilds remaining for the additional 5 extra spins.
So if you’re a fan of Dead or Alive, or simply haven’t given it a try yet, then wait until 2017 to jump back in and give it a go. As the date nears, NetEnt will update the exact release date, which of course, we’ll pass straight onto you.
Microgaming — Huangdi: The Yellow Emperor Mobile Slot
Microgaming are continuing their promise to release a new slot every month, with Huangdi: The Yellow Emperor, being their first slot to hit the online casino floors in 2017. Huangdi is a 5 reel slot, with 25 betlines and a single extra spins bonus round.
During the base game, players can look forward to stacked and expanding symbols, with symbols expanding whenever they are involved in a big win featuring a multitude of the same symbol type. Players will be pleasantly surprised to find that the wild symbols on the slot also expand during the extra spins mode, to further increase the chances of hitting any big wins to bring in the new year.
The extra spins bonus round itself is activated by spinning three scatter symbols and offers players 15 extra spins in total, with the chance to win up to 60,000 coins, which is one of the highest bonus jackpots Microgaming have ever offered.
Yggdrasil — Vikings Go Berserk Mobile Slot
It’s early days yet, but Yggdrasil’s teaser trailer about a Viking’s Go Wild sequel is all we need to get excited. Named Vikings Go Berserk, the sequel is set to release in January 2017 and continue the legacy of the exceptional Vikings Go Wild, which released back in August 2015.
Although we currently have no footage of the slot, we can expect it to bear some similarities to the features we found in Vikings Go Wild. These included 25 fixed bet lines, stacked symbols, a extra spins bonus round with a variable number of extra spins depending on how many scatters were spun. The bonus round didn’t hold out on features either, with players able to also spin random sticky wilds, plus they could unlock an extra bonus within the extra spins bonus round which could be either additional extra spins, a big coin win or a wild reel.
The design philosophy of Vikings Go Wild was to create a frantic and “wild” experience where players could never be sure of what they’d spin next. If the tagline of “berserk” is any indication of what the sequel will bring, we can only expect a much more unpredictable time when Vikings Go Berserk lands this January.
Starting Off 2017 With A Bang
The most talented slot developers are coming out swinging from the very beginning of 2017 and we can only expect it to get better. Each slot studio has already published their release schedules for the coming year and the ideas on offer look as creative and interesting as ever. For now, these are the slots we know the most about and have at least some footage and hints to gain an insight into what we’ll be getting after the new year.
These were only the three best slots we could find for early 2017, and we expect that to increase dramatically as the year continues on. So for now, have no fear that 2017 is looking to be a great year for slots, with our future favourites already on their way to us.