Yggdrasil to go 3D with launch of table games featuring motion-captured live dealers

  • Yggdrasil to create immersive 3D computer generated live casino rooms
  • ‘Game-changing’ technology a cross between electronic table games and live dealer experience
  • 2018 launch in beta mode at just two casinos

Online casino games maker Yggdrasil has announced it is turning its talents to table games, opting to create a revolutionary 3D casino environment with realistic motion-captured dealers.

The new 3D live casino room by Yggdrasil is billed as a game-changer for online casinos and table games.
The new 3D live casino room by Yggdrasil is billed as a game-changer for online casinos and table games.

Yggdrasil, which supplies games to some of the biggest online casino brands in the world, is set to offer a live casino experience with a difference – not a typical studio set up with cameras and real dealers, but a computer generated equivalent, with random number generated table games at its core.

Yggdrasil has called its technology a ‘game-changer’ and its set to expand the social side of casino gaming, which allow players to sit at tables and communicate with each other online.

Blackjack first to hit

Yggdrasil’s dealers are expected to be computer generated ‘characters’ rather than a faithful recreation of a human croupier. The dealers are expected to have their own personalities and traits and even ‘a range of powers unique to each dealer’.

The first table game will be blackjack, followed by roulette and baccarat.

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Games will offer sidebets, which are linked to often big progressive jackpots and the players will also be able to interact with the dealer.

Dealer interactions, a big part of the appeal of the live casino experience, will be made as realistic as possible with motion-capture recreating the key elements of how a croupier operates, all with facial expressions and detailed hand movements.

The first casinos on board

A beta version of the game is set to be available later this year, with online casinos Vera & John and InterCasino the first to take the new technology.

Yggdrasil’s Krzysztof Opałka, said: “Our table games provision, starting with Blackjack, is set to break new ground in online casino gaming.

“It won’t just be a single player trying to beat the house, but instead thousands of real players from all over the world, who are all able to join the game simultaneously with the aim of hitting big hands and bigger wins.”

Seen it before?

While this technology certainly is new for table games, it does recall the now defunct online poker site PKR.

More than a decade ago it pioneered a 3D poker room, with, for the time, highly detailed characters, or avatars, which players could assume. It too involved the element of social interaction and was hugely popular for a long period, particularly in poker’s boom years of a decade ago.

This new technology appears to draw on what Yggdrasil is already known for, its innovative slot games, which add an element of social sharing with its BRAG feature, allowing players to share their notable wins on social media pages.

The launch is set for later in 2018.

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