NextGen Gaming, the Australian slots development subsidiary of Swedish gaming supplier NYX Gaming Group, has signed an exclusive licensing deal to develop content based around the comic book character Judge Dredd.

The partnership allows NextGen to develop online and mobile slots and bingo games featuring the iconic character, which first appeared in the British comic 2000AD in 1977.

The character has become the comic’s most popular figure, appearing in graphic novels, role-playing games, console games and two Hollywood films. The first Judge Dredd-branded slot will be released by NextGen this summer, available exclusively through parent company’s NYX’s Open Games Server (OGS).

The supplier’s senior vice president of product Scott Smith said he was proud to be working with what he described as “one of the greatest comic characters of all time,” and pledged to bring a “multi-featured, richly branded gaming experience online with Judge Dredd.”

NYX commercial director David Johnson commented: “Judge Dredd’s infamous no-nonsense style of law and order married with NextGen’s proven premium, repeat play slots expertise will make for quite the summer blockbuster title.

“The initial slot game will be available across our industry’s widest distribution network, and initially to our NYX OGS partners,” Johnson added.

NYX already offers branded content through a partnership with Amaya Gaming Group, established in January last year. The supplier added four casino games based around DC Comics characters including Superman and the Green Lantern to the OGS solution.