What to expect from slots in 2021

As we have sharply discovered in 2021, the future can be extremely unpredictable. The online gambling industry has experienced many twists and turns to bring it to where it is today, with the Internet and technology surging the industry forward at break-neck speed. Advancing technology has had an impact on how all casino games are enjoyed by players and slots are no exception.

In 2020, the demand for more innovative and exciting slot games was higher than ever which has placed online slot game developers in a position where they have to work hard to create slot games that tick all the boxes for players, including striking a balance between entertainment value, brilliant bonuses, payouts and volatility.  

But what does 2021 and beyond hold for slots at and what trends should players expect to see?

Slots which are more skill-based   

Players can expect to see more dynamic and exciting skill-based bonus rounds which is exactly what players have been crying out for in recent years. One of the downsides of classic slots for many players is that they are purely a game of luck and there is no way of influencing the outcome of the game. However, this is set to change with new slot games being able to influence the game which will appeal to a wider demographic. This will include slot games which offer players enhanced bonus rounds where players can have a greater level of interaction with the game. 

Video slots may include interactive puzzles and shooter style games and may break away from the layout of the traditional reels altogether once again appealing to players who may not have been interested in playing slot games. 

Virtual reality slots 

Virtual reality is not a new concept and has been around for a while but hasn’t taken off as quickly as it was first predicted. Virtual reality slots are still in the infancy but as technology and graphics advance and VR casinos start to emerge we may see more VR slots becoming popular and see VR technology revolutionise the slot experience.  

TV and film-based slots 

No one can deny that 2021 has been the year everyone spent a huge proportion of their time of Netflix and we have all spent our fair share of time binge-watching TV and films in the first 6 months of 2021. Although we won’t be saying farewell to classic slots anytime soon, pop culture will continue to dictate the themes of many slot games going forward. In 2020 there were many slots released which were based on hit TV series such as Vikings, Narcos and Conan and in 2021 players should expect to see more branded slot games which will thrill and entertain.  

Social media will also continue to have a huge influence on slot games and will drive younger generations to play slot games which will in turn influence the themes of the games being developed. The future can be, as we know, unpredictable and it will be interesting to see what 2021 will bring to the table for online slots given the current drive for online casinos. 

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