Only last week, we announced that Play’n Go had planned to release Starblast in several online casinos including Rizk Casino, LeoVegas and Dunder to name a few. After testing the game, perhaps like many British online casino players, we couldn’t help ourselves but make a direct comparison between Starblast and Starburst by NetEnt.
To us, it was quite apparent that Starblast shared more than a similar name with NetEnt’s hit game. And apparently, it was quite evident to NetEnt too. In fact, so much so that according to rumours NetEnt forced Play’n GO to cancel the release of Starblast video slot. Yet, no company officials have dared to comment on this Conundrum. But all we know is that the planned release for Mid-March simply didn’t happen. And this is the first time that Play’n GO miss a release date.
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To be frank, it’s not the first time that a game provider takes “a lot of inspiration” from NetEnt. Microgaming is also guilty if we compare, Gonzo’s Quest and Jungle Jim per example. And a lot could be said if we compared Forturium by StormCraft studio and Steam Tower too.
But, until recently, NetEnt only seemed flattered by the mere plagiarism of other game providers. But this time it feels that NetEnt had enough. Or perhaps Play’n Go simply rubbed the company from an ace up their sleeves.
At this point, it’s only speculation, but the truth is it’s hard not to assume that NetEnt is also planning to release a Starburst 2… In fact, we know that NetEnt’s core strategy for 2019 is to capitalise on what they know best. And surely Starburst is one of the success the company want to bank on. Just as they did with the release of Dead or Alive 2, last month.
Now does this mean that Play’n Go will never release Starblast which was more or less a high volatility version of Starburst? Or does it mean that NetEnt will release a high volatility Starburst soon… Who knows? No one dares to comment. Yet, everyone talks about it in the iGaming corridor.