Toronto-listed casino software supplier NYX Gaming Group has signed an agreement with Universal Partnerships and Licensing, a subsidiary of US media and entertainment giant NBCUniversal, to launch a new slot based on Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film Psycho.

The agreement will see NYX’s Sydney-based subsidiary NextGen Gaming develop a new slot game based on Psycho, which is set to launch in the first quarter of this year.

The game will initially be made available exclusively via NYX’s proprietary platform, the Open Gaming System (OGS).

NYX commercial director David Johnson said he was very excited to launch the Psycho online slot, which he described as “a true thriller slot.”

“Psycho’s infamous scenes married with NextGen’s proven premium, repeat play slots expertise will make for a chilling winter blockbuster title,” Johnson explained. “Psycho will initially be available to our NYX OGS partners and ultimately to the wider industry through our global network.”

Released in 1960, Psycho has been hailed as a classic and one of Hitchcock’s greatest-ever films, and has been widely considered to be the earliest example of the slasher genre of films. It starred Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, John Gavin, and Janet Leigh, with the film nominated for four Academy Awards, including best director and best supporting actress.

Psycho will be the latest branded slot to be released by NYX, joining its Judge Dredd game, based on the iconic 2000AD comic book character, a slot featuring the professional wrestler and actor André the Giant, and a title featuring American reality TV personality Holly Madison.

Shares in NYX Gaming Group Inc (NASDAQ:NYX) closed at CAD$3.45 per share in Toronto Friday, having dropped 4.17 per cent in trading. Since its IPO on December 30th, the company's shares have fallen 8.9 per cent with a high of $4.06 per share.