The online gaming world is fast-paced. New casinos and new games pop up all the time and before you're finished talking about the brilliance of one new title, a newer and better one has been released.
That being said, if there was ever one game to have stood the test of time it would be NetEnt's Dead or Alive. Released all the way back in 2009, the game changed the way players think of slots. It had everything: great graphics, big wins and a high volatility which made it something of a cult classic.
Now, ten years later, NetEnt is back with a sequel title. Dead or Alive 2 will be released on April 24th, 2019. Keep reading to find out more about what you can expect from the new game and how it will compare to its well-loved predecessor.
Watch the Dead or Alive 2 Teaser Trailer
As we've just mentioned, Dead or Alive 2 will be released on the 24th of April. Whilst this means it isn't even the next NetEnt slot to hit our screens (the brand will be launching two other slots before then), NetEnt clearly understands that this is a highly anticipated title. As such, they've already released a teaser trailer on their Youtube channel to whet our appetite.
What to Expect from Dead or Alive 2
As you can see from the trailer above, Dead or Alive 2 will boast a similar Western theme to the original. However, players can expect a higher quality of graphics than ever before, as well as new characters and symbols.
What's more, Dead or Alive 2 still feels dangerous and dark. The original Dead or Alive rocketed to success thanks to the fact that it was a tense and thrilling game, in both its design and it's payout nature.
The fact that Dead or Alive 2 reflects this too bodes well for players searching for huge risks and rewards, as it shows that the game is still treacherous and intoxicating.
Three New Bonus Features
In the original Dead or Alive game, players were treated to three very compelling free spins rounds. NetEnt clearly knows that these are one of the main selling points of the original, as so they've included similar rounds in the new sequel.
However, as this is a sequel, you can expect them to be even more rewarding. The free spins rounds in Dead or Alive 2 are:
- Train Heist Free Spins – Increasing multipliers of up to 16x your line win
- Old Saloon Free Spins – Sticky wilds with a 2x multiplier on all wins
- High Noon Saloon Free Spins – Sticky Wilds symbols with different multipliers of up to 5x
Will Dead or Alive 2 Be Better Than the Original?
And so we come to the big question – will Dead or Alive 2 manage to be more exciting, and more popular than the original?
It's a tricky question to answer, not least because we haven't got that much to go on. Sequel slot games are notoriously difficult to pull off; developers must balance keeping elements of the original, so that the game is recognizable, whilst offering something that the old slot doesn't.
In terms of Dead or Alive 2, the proof will lie in the paytable. We can all get reasonably excited about supped up graphics, but the reason why Dead or Alive was so popular to begin with is due to the fact it offered high-risk high-reward gameplay.
For Dead or Alive 2 to be as good, if not better than, it's predecessor, it needs to offer the people what they want: big wins and a higher than average RTP.
From the snippets of the game we have seen, it looks like NetEnt are approaching the sequel with the respect it deserves and so (fingers crossed), we can expect it to be well worth the wait.
Dead or Alive 2 Bonuses and Promotions
New NetEnt games almost always come with some fanfare, and you shouldn't expect anything less when Dead or Alive 2 launches on the 24th of April.
Its very likely that many of the UK's biggest and best casinos will be offering all sorts of promotions and rewards for trying out the new game. Whilst we don't have any information on what these may be yet, keep your eyes peeled as once we know what's up for grabs, we'll be sure to share it with you.