Gladiator is one of the greatest films of all time, and the Ridley Scott classic, which starred Russell Crowe as the fearsome fighter, is about to get a sequel. According to the Deadline, the Alien director is working on a project for Paramount which will focus on the son of Connie Nielson’s character in the original. The 2000 film swept the Oscars and raked in $460 million worldwide, while also influencing a number of games. Could a sequel be even more successful in this regard?
Gladiator had a heavy influence on the gaming industry when it was released, and within the online gambling sector, it is still a hugely popular theme. While a lot of the online slot games of today are based on TV shows and films which are currently popular, there are some slots which use themes of classic films of old. The Gladiator slot from Playtech is one such game, and is one of the best-loved slot games on the market.
The reason why so many players keep playing the Gladiator slots is obviously down to the popularity of the original movie, but also to do with the fact that it is a well-designed game. It looks stunning and features themes from the picture, but it also offers the potential for incredibly large payouts. One lucky punter managed to win CAN$908,767 on the game once, which is one of the highest jackpots possible on an online slot game.
If Gladiator 2 does go ahead, it would doubtlessly influence another online slot game. It could also lead to some pretty epic open-world offerings for console players. At the time of the original’s release, console gaming was still fairly primitive. But now developers are achieving astounding things on the latest generation of consoles. A Gladiator game which takes players to the times of ancient Rome and allows them to traverse the landscape while doing battle would certainly appeal to many people. It would also be fair to assume that there would be mobile titles released for smartphone players. Franchises tend to spread across platforms in this way nowadays.
With movies like Jurassic World finding success from spreading into games on various platforms, Gladiator 2 would be likely to follow the same path and influence a number of games when it is released.