Warner Bros. Reviving Gauntlet on Steam This Summer

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Earlier this week, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced that they would be bringing the 1985 arcade classic Gauntlet back with a revival on the PC by way of Steam (as well as the upcoming Steam Machines) this summer. Developing the new title will be Arrowhead Game Studios, who are best known for Magicka.

“To us at Arrowhead, Gauntlet is one of the most defining games from our childhoods, and it’s amazing to be able to work with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment on a brand new version,” said Arrowhead Chief Executive Officer, Johan Pilestedt, in a press release. “Gauntlet is one of the original and best known video game properties and we are looking forward to creating a fresh, yet true to the original, take on a multiplayer masterpiece.”

Check out the reveal trailer to see what to expect:

The press release boasts innovation on past titles while staying true to the brand’s “legendary” format. As in the past, players choose from one of four different types of player class, each possessing its own strengths and weaknesses. This includes the speedy Elf, the melee-proficient Warrior, the powerful magics of the Wizard, or the heavily armored Valkyrie. “Distinctive play styles, procedural dungeons and an impressive art style keep the gameplay fresh.”

Once a character has been selected, up to four players will fight their way through dungeon chambers to complete challenges and slay the hordes of evil creatures who appear before them. Special items can be obtained to restore health, unlock doors, or simply help the player survive the onslaught of fantasy-based monsters such as ghosts, demons, spiders, sorcerers, and the ever-popular skeleton warriors.

As it turns out, however, Gauntlet is just the beginning as Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment is using it to spearhead an initiative known as WB Games Vault, “a direct-to-digital portfolio that will deliver paid games based on popular Warner Bros. and Midway brands, plus original IP, across multiple digital networks.”

“With Gauntlet we combined the arcade style of the original game with an entirely new look and feature set that includes emergent, local and online four-player gameplay,” said Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s Senior Vice President of Digital Games, David Haddad. “Gauntlet will be the first title in the WB Games Vault portfolio, which will provide us with an opportunity to access emerging talent within the game development community and match unique skills and experience with our extensive library of properties.”

Honestly, it’s as though they’ve read my mind. Ever since Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment purchased Midway, I’ve hoped they wouldn’t just let so much of the intellectual property be relegated to retro collections and anthologies. Many of the company’s older arcade titles seem like they’d fit perfectly in a digital environment such as Steam, mobile, or social gaming. While playing the original Gauntlet and Gauntlet II on Midway Arcade Treasures and Gauntlet Legends with my wife, I’ve frequently said that an updated version of the game with an online component would be perfect, and I’m glad to know someone out there is apparently listening.

On a related note, it wasn’t too long ago that WB Interactive brought a new version of Spy Hunter to the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita. Sadly, it wound up being a pretty good game that didn’t get nearly enough attention upon its release. Copies usually go for pretty cheap now, if you can find them, so I recommend grabbing it if you see it.

That said, I’m hoping a new Spy Hunter is on the WB Games Vault “to do” list… along with Joust, Rampage, Defender, Smash TV, Arch Rivals, and NARC (starring the straight edge CM Punk as Max Force, of course).

For more of the new Gauntlet, check out the screens below. You can also visit their website (just the trailer there as of this writing), Like them on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter.


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