Play’n GO’s latest slot Sabaton took the stages of online casinos last week. To mark the occasion, we sat down with Tommy Adolfsson Saarela, affiliate manager at Play’n GO, to learn a little more about this special branded slot release.
1) How did you come up with the idea for Sabaton?
We love the band, and we wanted to do something really unique that ultimately fits the band's style. Reflecting not only their monumental music but also their powerful stage presence and gigantic concert shows. That’s why it made perfect sense display the band members in the game and put Joakim the lead vocalist, the WILDEST one of all, as the game’s Wild! The gameplay itself was carefully designed, there’s a reason for everything that is included in the game.
2) The game features only ten paylines, which looks like taking a different direction from what’s currently popular on the market (megaways, cluster pays, etc.). Is this approach of going back to the roots in terms of paylines something you believe will appeal to the players?
We think the market will always be open for the more classical style of video slots, and all styles on the market have an audience ready to experience them. Even the number of paylines are just one of many factors, that make a game appealing to players. On ten paylines, the game is clearer, easier to follow especially for less experienced players. Also, your wins won't be lost among the hundreds of payways, so if you hit a winning line, you have more of a chance to really win.
3) After playing it for a little while in the demo mode, the game doesn’t seem particularly volatile. Was Sabaton envisioned as one of those slots that you can get a lot of play time out of without busting your bank?
There’s a good chance to win big in Sabaton, and there are also many features that will keep players entertained while they play for the big win. Mega symbols, reel synchronisation, full wild reels, chosen stacked symbols, mystery symbols, and Free Spins are all there for the players to keep them engaged while the possibility of busting the bank is also there!
4) The game comes equipped with several entertaining features, like Mega Symbols, linked reels, free spins, and combinations of these. Can you tell us a bit more about these special features and their mechanics?
Of course. In each spin, the Metal Stacks feature guarantees one symbol to be stacked on the reel strip. Chained Reels will make 2-3 adjacent reels become linked and spin with the same reel strip. Last Stand will cover 1-2 reels with Wild symbols. When getting 9+ scatters, seven free spins are awarded and reels 2, 3 and 4 will spin linked together, and you can re-trigger the feature infinitely! If you don't get into the free spins, don't worry! With the Mystery Symbol feature, 3-8 scatters will turn into a random symbol to give you another chance to win.
5) Let’s get back to the theme. As a company, apart from titles like Hugo and House of Doom, Play’n GO hasn’t really been involved with branded games as much as some of the other competitors. Sabaton is a high profile heavy metal band – is this branded slot an indication of what’s to come in the future?
Play'n Go is continuously investigating the options of creating branded games as well as releasing our own unique titles. If we feel it’s right for us and right for the market, then you’ll definitely see more branded slots from us in the future as well as our own original content.
6) Do you envision Sabaton becoming as big as some other Play’n GO titles or do you see it more as a slot for a select group of players who will know to appreciate its heavy metal theme and powerful sounds?
We believe the game itself is powerful not only because of the band or the heavy metal theme, but for its unique atmosphere, a wide variety of features and, last but not least, its big winning potential. Whether you are a big Sabaton fan or a casino player who wants a unique experience, you will definitely find something to enjoy in this awesome game.
Thanks Tommy for the great info – we’re looking forward to what Play’n GO’s got lined up for the future. Check out Sabaton for yourself at Play’n GO powered casinos.