Under the microscope: Yggdrasil Gaming
Between the inauguration of the 46th President of the United States and NASA’s Perseverance rover landing on Mars, it’s fair-minded to accept that much has already happened so far in the early swathes of 2021.
And whilst finding intelligent life ‘out there’ might be a stretch of the imagination, what can’t be understated is that much is yet to come!
And with that in mind, Yggdrasil’s Head of Marketing, Robin Becker, is putting the year under the microscope to uncover 5 things to look forward to from Yggdrasil in 2021.
New Game Engagement Mechanic: GigaRise™
It only seems right to start on a high and keep on rising. A fitting sentiment to begin with as we’re are set to roll out our fourth and latest Game Engagement Mechanic, GigaRise™. Debuting in April’s Atlantean GigaRise™ release, players will be introduced to a brand new, towering 8×5 slot format.
But before they can get too excited about the mouth-watering win potential, there’s work to be done! Special Bonus symbols will be required to increase a reel’s height (in this case, Trident symbols, with regards to Yggdrasil’s inaugural GigaRise™ release). A Bonus symbol will raise the reel by one position, all the way up to eight for maximum ways to win!
Subsequently, a further Bonus symbol landing on a maximum reel will award a Bonus Game session where any single symbol landing on winning line can award cash wins, Free Spins or one of five Jackpots. Exciting stuff; we’re bringing that one to you April 22nd.
New Game, Same Great Mechanics: Raptor MultiMax™
And from one ground-breaking Game Engagement Mechanic to another, we’re giddy at the prospect of bringing the award-winning MultiMax™ GEM back to players in 2021. Paired up with the tentatively titled Raptor MultiMax™, earmarked for a late summer release, MultiMax™ can vastly multiply players’ winnings!
As one of our most innovative GEM frameworks, following each win, the multiplier doubles: 2x, 4x, 8x, 16x, 32x, 64x, and so on up to a max win of 19,675x the player’s bet.
And that’s not all. Each win spawns a Wild symbol and increases chances to win again and again. Plus, during Free Spins, the win multiplier doesn’t reset between game rounds and there’s no max multiplier cap!
Throw in a Buy-a-Bonus feature for 100x the bet value, and we’ve got a game that players will be positively jittering to get their jaws around come August 26th.
Welcoming Back The Warlords: Vikings Go To Valhalla
Speaking of returning favourites, this November, players will be invited to join our favourite Norse warlords for a new adventure and a ferocious feast of features! Including Ragnarok
Free Spins and a Buy Bonus Feature, we can’t wait for players to see what we have in store for latest in the Vikings franchise: Vikings Go To Valhalla!
In the maniacal infantry’s newest outing, the realm of gods is under attack. And with players entering the fray, the stage is set with the ruthless snake king, Jörmungandr looming around the reels, hellbent on destruction. The goal? Simple. It always is with this outrageous outfit – make ‘em mad!
Players will be tasked with collecting Rage from big wins to fill the Rage meter for endless respins. Prepare for Vikings in Berzerk mode where winning respins turn the enraged Vikings into Sticky Wilds for even bigger wins. Up to 4 features can be awarded in the pre-Free Spins randomizer with each Free Spin game ending with a spin on the Ragnarok wheel and the chance to bring the axe down into Ragnarok Free Spins!
Unlike its Raptor counterpart, there’s no fixed date yet for our Autumn release; nonetheless, we can’t wait to have these axe-wielders back in their latest instalment.
Check out our podcast What’s Up YGG.
Moving away from games and features, we’re all set to switch up our brand voice by launching our brand-new podcast, What´s Up YGG.
The podcast is a new channel with a range of goals including, but not restricted to, communicating in greater depth with our audience, building our position in the market and brand building. Look forward to an interesting mix of episode topics, inspiring guests and tonnes of fun extras. This latest marketing endeavour will really set the Yggdrasil stall out with our founder and CEO, Fredrik Elmquist, or “The King of Slots” as we like to call him discussing a range of topics, ranging from our pioneering YG Masters program, to studio partners dropping by to share their own experiences.
In addition, guest speakers will include streamers, industry front-runners and many more to set the various sessions alight. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for the podcast’s arrival and get ready for the latest and greatest news, insights and entertainment from Yggdrasil and awesome guests.
And Finally, Even More YG Masters To Come!
With over 20 innovative, highly passionate and dedicated YG Masters Partners all accessing our unique and disruptive GATI technology, added to an amazing Games Roadmap already in
pipeline for 2021, we’re thrilled to tell you that we are still just in the beginning of an exciting journey driving our Publisher strategy forward in tight collaboration with our global partners, customers and industry stakeholders!
And not being one to rest on our laurels, we’re getting ready to kick it up a gear with a handful of our partners engaging and innovating with our blistering Game Engagement Mechanics (GEM). We can’t say too much right now, but what we can say is keep your eyes peeled throughout July and August where not one but two of our YG Masters partners will be revolutionising their game catalogues with integrations of our game changing MULTIMAX™ and GIGABLOX™ mechanics. Until next time!