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Microgaming secures licence for Highlander movie franchise

Online gambling software and games developer Microgaming revealed Friday that it has signed a licensing agreement to develop an online slot based on the original “Highlander” film.

Released in 1986 and directed by Russell Mulcahy, “Highlander” is based on a story by Gregory Widen. The movie is set between 1980s New York City and eighteenth century Scotland, and features an immortal Scottish swordsman, Connor MacLeod played by Christopher Lambert, who must confront the last of his immortal opponents to win the fabled “prize.”

Since its release, the film has developed an enormous cult following, inspiring a franchise which stands strong to this day with the slogan “there can be only one.”

Microgaming games publisher David Reynolds said in a company statement Friday that Highlander is a fantastic brand for a 243 ways-to-win online slot.

“The game studio is busy completing the slot that captures all of the movie magic. The game’s features will incorporate the historical Scottish Highlands and gritty New York City, with a classic movie poster art style and blistering guitar tracks,” he revealed, advising that the new game will be ready for release on December 6 this year.

Microgaming signed the licensing agreement for Highlander through Studiocanal, brokered by Creative Licensing Corporation.

“Many of the iconic characters from classic “Highlander” are featured in the slot, including Christopher Lambert as Connor MacLeod, Roxanne Hart as Brenda Wyatt and Clancy Brown as The Kurgan. We think fans are really going to enjoy revisiting this epic story, and seeing their favourite heroes and villains in game format,” said Stephanie Kupperman at Creative Licensing.

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