The first quarter of 2018 will see casino games developer Yggdrasil Gaming make its first move into the table games vertical.

The company is combining elements of live dealer and random number-generated casino games to create the new range of multiplayer games, with blackjack slated as the first for launch.

Yggdrasil's in-house technology REDUX combines aspects of both live and RNG casino, providing what the company describes as the perfect platform for players to fully immerse themselves in a 3D casino environment.

The product uses motion capture technology to model the movements of the dealer and offers operators the opportunity to customise tables and dealers.

Blackjack will be the first game to launch featuring popular sidebets and a series of powers unique to each dealer, followed by roulette and baccarat in the near future.

"Our table games provision, starting with Blackjack, is set to break new ground in online casino gaming," said Yggdrasil chief product officer Krzysztof Opałka.

"The table games vertical has been fairly static in recent years. But our product’s combination of social interaction and high-end playability is unlike any other currently on the market. It won’t just be a single player trying to beat the house, but instead thousands of real players from all over the world, who are all able to join the game simultaneously with the aim of hitting big hands and bigger wins."

The new games will initially go live with Jackpotjoy Group's Vera&John and Intercasino brands under a beta partnership between Yggdrasil and the operator, followed by a wider roll out to all partners later in the year.

Jackpotjoy Group head of gaming Victor Olinger commented: "Yggdrasil is a well-known name across the industry that has become a byword for innovation in the slots sector. It is fantastic news to hear they are turning their attention to table games. It is a major coup to be the first operator to go live with Yggdrasil's table games, and we look forward to bringing this exciting new product to our full customer base this year."