Microgaming announce Stormcraft Studios partnership for future slot releases

After the positive reception to several of the companies releases under the Microgaming banner, independent game studio Stormcraft Studios have reaffirmed their commitment to Microgaming with the news that the studio will continue working exclusively with the software giant to produce a number of new slot releases in the future.

They join Triple Edge Studios in becoming the second independent game studio to have a partnership to develop exclusive content for Microgaming.

It's an interesting development, but not one that was entirely unexpected. Several members of the new studio have worked for Microgaming for many years and have played a lead role in the development of some of the company's biggest hits to date including the world famous Mega Moolah progressive jackpot slot and the popular Immortal Romance.

Indeed, Microgaming played a key role in setting up the new studio with the aim of giving the game designers and producers more autonomy over the design and production of games, while allowing Microgaming to focus on other aspects of its core business.

While the official announcement came in June, it had been on the cards for some time, specifically since Microgaming previewed the first Stormcraft Studios slot release, Fortunium, comprehensively on the second day of ICE Totally Gaming 2018 back in February 2018.

The company went full out to promote this exciting new game by decorating their space with a number of futuristic steampunk-inspired props and they even had a nitrogen ice cream buggy on hand to serve a variety of delicious ice cream to guests at the event throughout the day.

The release date for the slot was pushed back from early spring to the summer, but Fortunium finally hit casinos on the 20th June and has been greeted warmly by players who are delighted at the steampunk-inspired slot.

Indeed, Stormcraft Studios took the unusual step of designing their new Fortunium slot to fit better into the 'portrait' mode of playing rather than the traditional landscape, which is the usual preferred method for playing games. This may be a small issue, but it is particularly welcomed by mobile players who tend to use their devices in portrait mode, rather than landscape.

Add to that an unusual 5x5 reel set, a beautiful Metropolis-inspired backdrop and the top paying two symbols stacked high on the reels, plus a very tempting jackpot of 100,000 coins and you can already predict that Stormcraft Studios are going to push the boundaries of creativity with all of their releases.

Speaking about the partnership between the two companies, David Reynolds the Games Publisher at Microgaming stated:

"It is exciting to be working with some of the industry legends behind a number of Microgaming's biggest titles to deliver a fresh wave of content under the new Stormcraft Studios brand.

"The teams passion for quality and creating premium gaming experiences is distinctive in everything they do. We cannot wait to unveil the exclusive content they have in store in the next few months."

Similarly, the Creative Director at Stormcraft Studios Terence Igesund, explained the short-term plans and creative impetus for his fledgling company.

"Entertainment and craftsmanship are at the core of everything we do at Stormcraft Studios. The careful consideration we give the user experience will be unmistakable in all the upcoming games that we are developing exclusively for Microgaming."

What can fans of Microgaming content expect from the partnership with Stormcraft Studios?

When two companies agree a partnership where one provides content for the other, then there is always a risk that the quality provided by the new partner may not live up to the high standards that the other company is expecting. However Microgaming will not have those same worries with this new partnership, given that many of the Stormcraft Studios team have worked with Microgaming for many years, producing some of the company's biggest and best games in that time.

So, in that respect, you should not see any decline in the quality or indeed the quantity of games released by Microgaming over the coming weeks and months and instead, you may well find that by diversifying their releases through partnerships with studios like Stormcraft, you could find that the newer games offer greater variety than what we would now term as 'standard' Microgaming releases.

As is evident by the release of the Fortunium slot, Stormcraft Studios are not afraid to push the envelope in terms of producing a slot game that bears little resemblance to the standard 5x3 slot that Microgaming have produced hundreds of over the years. Not only does this slot look and play differently to the vast majority of Microgaming slots, it also has some interesting new features and players will be heartened to see the company striving hard to offer them a new gaming experience.

In the future, I think Microgaming players will expect to see similarly innovative titles released by Stormcraft under the Microgaming banner. Games that combine stunning visuals and sound with a game that is hugely playable, but which is still very different to the typical Microgaming slot game.

One of the most common criticisms of Microgaming slots for a long time was that many where somewhat generic and based on the same 5x3 set up with free spins and Wilds and players felt that this lacked a little differentiation.

By developing partnerships with the likes of Stormcraft Studios and Triple Edge Studios, Microgaming can now outsource the development of games to these companies, allowing them the creative freedom to think 'outside of the box' when it comes to slot games. The end result of this should be more innovative, unusual and interesting slot games with new features, stunning production values and of course, some sizeable jackpots to chase.

That works well both for the development studios, who gain a massive amount of credit for producing innovative games, but also for Microgaming who then introduce a much more diverse selection of slots into their stable of games. In turn, this then gives players a far greater choice of very different slot games to play.

It is clear that Stormcraft Studios are already working on a follow-up to the Fortunium slot and that more news is expected later in the year as to what the game, or games, the company is working on. For now though, if you have not yet trialled the new Fortunium slot, then I'd strongly suggest you give this new slot a try at any of the Mega Moolah casinos.

And when you experience this excellent new game, I'm sure you'll agree that the future for Stormcraft Studios, Microgaming and the slot player that enjoys their games, looks very bright indeed.

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